We were lucky enough to travel to North Carolina and to The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia with my husband and 2 kids.
It was a total road trip from South Florida!
On the way back, we drove 4 hours to Boone, NC and a few days later drove all 12 hours home to South Florida. I’m glad I was somewhat prepared, but I did learn a few things along the way.
Here are some Local Mom Scoop Tips on what to bring on a long road trip with kids.
- Gallon Ziplock Bags – These are great for keeping garbage, holding snacks, catching puke and storing a fresh outfit in case of an accident (hence the puke).
- Baby Wipes and Sanitized Hand Wipes – Use them after pit stops, accidents, or using the potty on the side of the road.
- A bag of DOLLAR TREE toys– 1 bag for the ride up and another separate bag stored away for the ride home. You are the controller of dispensing the toys as you see fit. This usually occurs when boredom or fights arise.
- iPads– Download movies from movie apps and have it prepared. Pack other DVDs in a carrying case from your home. DO NOT BRING THE DVD CASES! It’s just more crap in your car.
- Tons of snacks – Squeezable yogurt and apples sauce, raisins, make your own Chex mix, make your own fruit cups, and apple slices.
- Headphones – Everyone in the backseat should have a pair. Plug them into the Leapster, the DVD player, or the cell phone, so you don’t have to hear what your child is beeping to.
- Pillows, blankets and loveys for each kid –Need I say more?
- Phone Chargers – Vital as your phone will be used as a GPS, for social media check-in, working, texting, a timer for time-outs and letting the kids play with apps.
- Pack a cooler with lunch and waters- Then you don’t have to stop and try to find something. They have plug-in coolers for cars now. Pretty COOL!
- Candy – This is to be used as a bribe, a reward, for nausea, boredom or to make the driver happy.
- Patience – Pack a lot of this and save some for the ride home because everyone in your car will have left their patience at the last rest stop.
- Bottle of wine and a corkscrew – This is for YOU when you reach your destination. You should toast to yourself for all of the packing, unpacking, taking 2 kids to the bathroom, hand-holding during a tummy ache, feeding lunch to 3 on a bumpy road while still complimenting the driver not knowing what you are about to experience, but knowing to stay present to the moment and make family memories to cherish always.
Those last few hours were tough, but we made it!