Oh my friends! We have just returned from a fun fun (and RELAXING) roadtrip and I wanted to share a few tidbits with you--perhaps because I felt it was a success!
Definition of a "Success"-ful vacation:
Kids had fun
Kids weren't whining
Dad had fun
Dad wasn't whining
I had each of them pick out movies they wanted to bring--both for the car and the vacation. Then they'd get to switch off whose 'show' they were watching. (Oh these poor poor kids with the DVD player in the car......if I had a nickel for everytime I 've regaled them with the stories of MY childhood car trips, where we were forced to play games with each other and read books to stay entertained!--Or worse yet, look out the window!)
Next-I had them each pick out all possible snacks they'd like to eat--first we did this at home out of our pantry. We go to Costco--we have snacks! I always like to keep the cost down as much as possible, plus I don't like all the junk we pick out at our kwickie mart dashes. It upsets all of our tummies, and is expensive!
I also make sure to bring some Culturelle Kids-it is a lifesaver with stomach upsets. My middle child has long been friends with Culturelle, due to the fact she has taken antibiotics for ear infections, and my doctor recommended it to keep her intestinal tract working smoothly. (It's also great for my big guy who tends to get traveler's stomach the most....perhaps the large bag of Doritos tucked away is the culprit?)
For my littlest one, it's a complete family effort to keep her happy and entertained. My bigger girls are such huge helps with their little sis! I have my oldest sit next to her, and she gives her snacks, drinks, toys for me, that are kept by her for easy access. She is not a big car sleeper, so I knew she would be struggling at times when she did get tired, but with all of our planning, it really made the car trip manageable!
(Best part of the trip -for my hair-styling friends--we had time to do hair videos! Lots of new cute girl's hairstyles coming your way!)
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post and provided with Culturelle samples. All opinions provided are my own.