Back at the end of May I took my 3 kids (& 11 weeks pregnant with our 4th) and we went on a trip to Orlando.. and we DROVE..(did i say I TOOK-yep just me and them) CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂
It was a 12 day trip to see ALL my family.. soo for me it was worth the LONG drive down..(ONE amazing thing is my sisters came back with me so that wasn’t soo bad!!
Ive been asked to write how we (I) made it down and stayed sane..haha!
First I did a lot of pinning “on Pinterest” and planned and thought about what would interest my kids during the road trip. Now i must be honest we do not have DVD’s or movie devices available for our kids on car trips .. no IPADS, IPODS, computers nothing.. So this is what some may say is a challenge..
First one will have to understand we don’t let our kids watch TV during the day or at night -ONCE a week we have a special movie night or game night other than that No TV for the Kent Kids… So not having it on a trip is nothing out of the norm for them…
I always leave (when i am by myself and driving) EARLY in the morning like 5:00.
This gives me easy road time and at least 3 hours before they are begging for food.. AND that will have me VERY close to the Fl-GA line… There is a Crackle Barrel there and that is always my goal.. I do pack a Banana and water bottles so the kids don’t feel like i am starving them:)
I dont let any activities come out until after Breakfast…. This saves the activities for a real boring time not just excitement of doing them..
I fill a backpack with about 5 activities (doubled) and hand them back at certain times..Here is a picture of the activities
- Tag readers (x2)
- BRAND new coloring books and crayons (x3)
- legos in metal totes with lids (x2)
- small tote with cars & men (x1)
- buzz game (x1)
- doll (x1)
- 3 busy bags….(x2)
I also pack snacks and goodies (special treats for them, that would normally not be allow).
Lunch at a rest stop
Then we stop for Lunch.. I pack it so it gives them time to be loud, run and enjoy fresh air.. this also makes it easy on me.. AND will tired them out! I am blessed that the two little ones will still nap in the car (older one will also but not on this trip) so after lunch I institute quiet time and no playing allowed.. they zone out and that gives me about 2.5 hours…
To be honest the last 1 or so is SOO hard.. they are done I am done, all the goodies are done.. SOO that part is hold your breath time:)
I will next time do a book on cd.. my kids love those not sure why I haven’t thought about that yet?!?!?
Well as you see, nothing too exciting but this is what I did:)
Hope it helps someone!