The family and I will soon embark on our first-ever family road trip. We're loading up and hitting the open road to visit my brother's family and I'm giddy. It's a trip I've been wanting to take and now we are going and I can't wait! I miss them like crazy.
However, this road trip business is all a little new to me. We've flown with the big kids before, so I know how to plan for something like a four hour flight, but I'm a little foggy when it comes to preparing for a twelve hour trip in the (awesome) minivan. Yes, that's right, TWELVE hours. With a three year old, an almost-two-year-old, and an infant.
Just a tad intimidating.
This is the planning we've done thus far:
-Leaving early (like EARLY early) and driving straight through. We would consider breaking up the trip if we didn't have our little Variable X (Lydia) who may or may not do well in a hotel room. Driving straight through might be brutal, but stopping and unloading and wasting money on a (potentially) sleepless night in a hotel room and then loading up again and hitting the road sounds more brutal. To us, anyway. So, drive on we shall! The plan is to leave early early early and arrive that evening.
-Downloading Adventures in Odyssey on our iTunes, cutting down on the DVD-watching.
-Packing each of the kids' outfits in separate Ziploc bags, so all of their clothes will be organized in their suitcases.
So. The actual trip part of the road trip is where we need advice. Books? Music? Movies? Toys? Any ideas?
To those who have traveled for several hours in a car with more than one little one, do you have any tips for me? I could use them.
Have a lovely day!