It’s summer time and for us that means lots and lots of vacations and road trips! This summer we have two really big road trips planned, one to California for a family reunion (12 hours of driving one way) and one to Wyoming to visit grandparents (15 hours of driving one way). I love going on vacations and getting to see family but I’m not going to lie, traveling with 5 young kids in NOT easy! I have to mentally prepare myself for the long trips weeks in advance. Not only do we need to prepare ourselves for a long road trip, it’s important to prepare our cars too. It’s important that they are running properly and that they have a current oil change.
I don’t get oil changes anywhere else than Walmart Automotive Care Center (honestly!). It’s just so convenient. Especially since I now have 5 kids at home with me, the thought of waiting at a car place for an hour or so sounds miserable. So I go to Walmart, leave my car there and then do my grocery shopping. I got the Pennzoil® oil because their oil is made to clean out the dirty sludge and is designed for complete engine protection and allows you to drive 550 more miles a year (vs. having a dirty engine).
Now that my car is prepared with it’s oil change, I now can start working on preparing my family for the trips. This year I made each of my kids a road trip binder with a lot of fun activities for them to do. I have found with my kids that they aren’t good at sharing. When I give them things in the car and I don’t give them something to put them into, it’s a complete mess. So in each binder, each kid gets their own notebooks, writing utensils and things like that.
This is how I made them:
I bought regular three ring binders and then I cut out some fun shapes out of dry erase vinyl (yes that does exist and it’s awesome!).
And that’s it for the binders. I left several of the page protectors open so we can add to the binder as we are traveling.
Another thing that I am going to do with my kids is that I’m going to have some stuff in the front seat with me and every few hours I am going to give them a new book, activity or toy. Like these coloring books.
As for snacks, the best way that I have found is getting a bunch of sandwich bags and giving them each their own bag. It’s a lot cheaper than buying individual packaged ones and it’s a lot cleaner than giving them the whole box “to share”. I’m also going to do some kind of treat bags that they get every few hours.
What kind of things do you do on your road trips to make them more bearable and fun? I would love to hear it, leave me a comment!