Traveling long distance and experiencing a road trip wasn’t something we were able to do growing up on an island. So since we live in California now where we are able to do this, we always try to take advantage and jump in the car whenever the opportunity allows us. Traveling and staying over night can be exhausting, but when you add in two small toddlers, stress starts to set in as well. I’ve had those times where thinking and looking at all the stuff we had to pack became stressful and very overwhelming. Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way, and how I’ve changed the way I pack for these trips.
The biggest change I’ve seen in the way I pack is the amount of clothing we bring. I admit, pre-kid time I was an over packer. I had to have options! And the thing is I only had myself to worry about so I could pack many different outfit options. This is a no go anymore. Instead I pre select each outfit so I know exactly what everyone will be wearing for that day. I think ahead about the day/weather and activity we’ll be doing, and pre plan the outfit choice for each child the best i can. This has not only saved me space in the luggage, but cuts down the option to choose what you want to wear. When there is only one option, there’s no discussion for debate or protest.
I’ve also learned that I used to pack way too many snacks. I remember one trip, I literally packed every type of snack I could think of, which took up so much space, and only maybe a handful of snacks were eaten. Instead, I now pack the snacks I know my kids will want to eat. I like to pack some fruit or a healthy option, then I give them the chance to eat a ‘special’ snack that they don’t get everyday at home. Keep things simple, look for easily packable, and less-mess snacks.
Finally, these are some items that I personally need to have in the car with me. Sunglasses, because I’ve been on a trip where I thought I could do away without them, but I ended up squinting the whole drive and was in pain because it was so bright out, not fun! Cozy socks, I’m a person who gets cold easily, and have found that keeping my toes warm is the key in feeling comfortable while sitting for so long. A water bottle, this hydro flask bottle is out of this world! I can’t say enough good things about it. It keeps my beverage super cold or super hot for a good amount of time. Staying hydrated is important, especially during any type of travel. Lastly, lip balm, there’s not other uncomfortable feeling to me than chapped lips. I always keep a gloss in my purse, but when I’m traveling and know I’ll be sleeping in the car, using a good lip balm is my go to.
Traveling can be stressful, exhausting, and long, but hopefully some of my experiences and tips can help relieve any of that for your next family vacation! No matter what, enjoy the moments with your family, both good and bad. Leave all that stress behind and get out that door! lol. Leave me a comment if you have any other tricks or advice for making traveling less stressful! See you all next week! Happy Weekend!