Are you hitting the road this summer? I love a nice long road trip. I love seeing California through a passenger window. Before we had children my husband and I could jump in the car and just go. Now that we have a 4 year old and 9 year old road trips are still one of our favorite things, but these days it takes a some planning and prepping for a successful road trip.
There are 3 major things to think about when planning for a road trip: entertainment, food and stops. When it was just the 2 of us we would drive for many hours straight with just the radio. These days we can get maybe 20 minutes in until someone from the backseat is complaining about being bored.
When it comes to entertainment there are lots of great options. Of course music in an option, and since we all have different tastes I made a Pandora station where each family member got to pick one type of music. Our station is a mix of Selena Gomez, Blink 182 and Luke Bryan. Another option is to download a family friendly audio book. Many libraries have a audio book lending site or you can find audio books on Audible.com. We also love games like Auto Bingo (you can find the game boards at most toy stores) and classics like the license plate game, I spy and 20 questions.
Investing in a good soft shell cooler helps us on road trips. A small cooler that fits in the back seats filled with drinks and snacks. A few water bottles and juice pouches are great for drinks. When it comes to snacks, I try to stay away from things that crumble or have the potential to melt onto seats. Cut up fruits, string cheese and nuts are a great way to keep the kids full in between meal stops.
Driving 6 hours straight is just not an option for us anymore. We have found that the more stops the better. Sometimes we research stops in advance and sometimes we just look for billboards. Over the years we have found some really great and weird little places to stop and stretch our legs. Even a quick 10 minute stop can be the difference between a meltdown in the car and a peaceful ride.
What are you road trip tips?