Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Taking a Road Trip with Children, Part 2: Four Things You May Not Have Thought about Bringing But Might Want To

How do you find the balance between what you want to bring on a road trip with the room you have in your vehicle?  Honestly, I'm not sure, and that's not what this post is about anyway.  :)

As I planned for our trip touring the Southwest months ago, I started a list of things that I knew I wanted to take but that I would probably forget if I didn't write them down because they're a little unusual.  But I'm so glad that we made room for them in our van as they made our lives just that much easier.
  1. Sleeping bags.  You might have already thought of this one, or maybe your family doesn't really need them because you don't have many children.  But bringing sleeping bags on a trip makes it possible for six people to sleep in a hotel room that technically only sleeps four.  (Add in a portable crib, and you can get seven in there.  ;)
  2. Food.  You can save tons of money by bringing your own lunch food and/or snacks, especially if you have room for a cooler.  Besides, don't you get tired of eating out every single meal?  I do.  We usually eat supper out, but we like to eat our own food for lunch and some snacks.
  3. Ziptop baggies.  I took a handful of these on our trip to the Southwest, and I ran out!  I had to buy more!  They're great for dividing up family size snack packages so that your children don't fight over them.  I also appreciated having them when one of my children didn't finish part of his meal or snack so we could save it for later.  They're also handy for souvenirs with small or many parts, like a deck of cards.
  4. Handheld vacuum.  If you have room for this and already own one, you will want to bring it.  When your children start picking cactus spines out of their shoes inside your van, you'll be glad you have it.  (Ask me how I know!)  Or when your toddler drops a goldfish and another child steps on it, it can save your sanity.  :)
What unusual things do you take with you on trips?  What should I add to this list?

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