During the past year our family has taken our share of road trips & we have loved taking to the road but after hours upon hours on the road we’ve learned a bit on how to make these long trips a success. Recently we enjoyed taking the Toyota Sequoia on a road trip to Amarillo. And while on the road we decided to share what helps us along on these trips, from 2 hours to 12 hour drive…these tips can apply to them all.
We always stock up a bag full of snacks for the long haul. Snacks that are familiar to the kids & aren’t jacked up prices in the convenient stores are great. And with the Toyota Sequoia we enjoyed popping open the back & sitting in the roomy back on some stops. Especially if you like healthy or fresh snacks for the road, some of our favorites include:
- Mandarin oranges
- Veggie Straws
- Bags of Almonds
- Protein bars
We always log on an extra hour or two to our commute for bathroom breaks because we always take our time, stretch, grab a bottle of water and take a breather. When we plan in extra time it puts less pressure to be on time & take all the pit stops we need.
Ok so we had a portable DVD player for our long trip to Big Bend but OH MY GOODNESS, the Toyota Sequoia had a DVD player in it & the kids were in heaven. And why was I in heaven? Because the wireless headphones meant I didn’t have to hear Emily’s favorite movie for the millionth time this month. We put the movies off until all our other methods of entertainment are used up. For Micah, I have him pick books to bring & notebooks to draw in. Emily has also started to get notebooks to draw in & brings little toys or babies to play with. Let your kids pack a travel bag with the items they want to bring as entertainment, hopefully it’ll help keep the peace in the car.
For me & JP we keep the tunes going, we have Amazon Prime Music and it keeps us in non-stop tunes. Whatever tickles our fancy is at the tap of our fingers.