style=”text-align: left;”>We love, love, love our adopted state. One of the only drawbacks to hanging out near the bottom of the Rocky Mountains is that both Chris and I actually grew up about 1100 miles west of here…and that’s where most of our family still lives. So in the last several years, we’ve perfected the art of the seriously long road trip.
Honestly, I love them. I find two and a half hour plane rides way more stressful than a two-day, twenty-hour van ride. At least my husband and I are the only ones who hear the bickering and fussing. And when I finally crack and holler my Clark Griswald speech about how we’re all going to have fun if it kills us, I’m not in danger of anyone taking me seriously.
That being said, here are a few ways to make your next road trip a little smoother…
Make goody bags
Kids love getting something new when starting a trip. I have a bag by my seat and each morning of our trip, I pull out a little something for each person. Nothing expensive. Things like new crayons (seriously — there’s nothing like the feel of new crayons!), or individual boxes of animal crackers, Mad Libs, word searches, and maps. I scour the dollar bins at Target and the dollar store for small goodies that I’ve squirreled away to pull out on our trip. If you have an AAA membership, their plain ol’ maps are also great — my son tracks our progress on them with a highlighter. And remember, it doesn’t have to be totally new — just new to you. I’ve gotten some great books and DVDs to take on road trips from the thrift store.