Road Tripping with the family can be one of the most memorable family vacations you can do together. There is so many sights to take in, different foods to try and people to meet. Long rides in the car, potty breaks, and boredom can quickly turn your time in the car sour, though. Here are a few tricks to help make your road trip a fun-filled success.
Pack one bag per day, instead of per person
At the end of the day limit the number of bags you have to haul in and out of the car by packing outfits and necessities for each person into “family bags”, versus everyone having an individual suitcase. This makes mornings faster and easier by only having to repack a single suitcase and load one bag into the car.
Sanitize with Denture Tablets
Use denture tabs to quickly sterilize pacifiers, sippy cup valves and teething rings on the road. Fill a bowl with hot water and toss in your items with a few tablets. Rinse clean with hot water after 15 minutes of soaking. These also work great when you are at home; try them in flower vases to get rid of mineral buildup or on your combs and brushes to remove product buildup. These are cheap and don’t take up much room in a toiletry bag.
Snack Packs (adapted from Parent Hacks)
Pack snacks in a divided beer or wine carton. The dividers make it easy to separate snack and make it easy to quickly find what you need. The cardboard packaging also prevents things from getting smashed.
Invest in the Next Exit Book
This was the absolute road trip bible during my own road trip from California to Charleston, South Carolina with my husband. It is the ultimate highway guide, listing the offerings of each exit off the highway: gas stations, rest stops, hotels, and restaurants. Our trip went off without a hitch and I believe it was because we had this book on our lap at all times.
Use a clipboard to house your maps, hotel reservations, and other important notes for the trip. This will help prevent your papers from slipping in the impossible crevice between the seat and the doorframe, where hands can’t reach.
Have you gone on a road trip recently? What tips do you have for your fellow traveler?
Helpful Tip from Name Bubbles: Make sure you label any luggage with Name Bubbles Luggage Labels before you head out the door! If anything is left behind, Luggage Labels will make it easy find!