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In the upcoming month, we have a family trip planned for Washington and we’ve been looking forward to this trip forever! We’ll be visiting family on both sides and have lots of activities planned for our stay. One thing that’s been on my mind for the trip is a 4+ hour drive we’ll be making from one stay with family to another. Our girls are great in the car, but this will be our longest ride with them both. I've been worried about what to bring with us, for the trip and the road trip, and the obvious items are easy- diapers, snacks, extra clothes, but what else?
I've thought about what works for our girls when they're unhappy in the car, checked in on Pinterest, and texted with some of my mama friends for their tips and tricks. I kind of fall into the camp of less is best, but there's definitely some items we can't go with out. I’ve put together a road trip pack list to get us through!
This is obviously the best part of any road trip right? For car rides, I prefer easy to access, minimal mess foods such a fruit snacks, crackers, grapes, bananas, granola bars, veggie sticks, and dry cereal. I love to make a "baby trail mix" of their favorite dry goodies and it's great for them to have a variety of snacks so I'm not constantly passing things back to them. Don't forget some water to keep them hydrated!
What's a road trip without an awesome play list? We keep a few playlists just for the girls on our phones- one for radio songs they enjoy (Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Adele, Meaghan Trainor, etc.), one for movies and cartoons (Annie, Disney films, Doc McStuffins), and a third for nursery rhymes. Ellie can be so bossy when it comes to music so splitting the songs up like this help to find what she wants quicker. Emma can get cranky too if there's not an upbeat song playing. Nursery rhymes may sound like a bad idea, but songs that have hand motions with them are fun and a great distraction (especially when you need to hold it for the next exit’s bathroom break!) and some of our favorites include Wheels on the Bus, 5 Swinging Monkeys, Baby Jaws, and Itsy Bitsy Spider.
We do our best to keep the girls away from technology, but sometimes we give in to keep our sanity so we do have some apps and movies downloaded onto our Ipad/Iphones, but we plan to pack a few small toys that they can play with while in their car seats. A mini magnadoodle has been a lot of fun and a lifesaver sometimes with Eleanor, other ideas include baby dolls, busy books, lacing activities, etc. Anything that helps your little ones sleep is a must as well, hello lovie for Emma! We can't ever leave the house without it!
If we’re going to be in the car or out of the house for a while, we always pack a separate bag with additional clothes, rash creams, wipes, and Huggies Little Movers Plus diapers- available only at Costco. Being prepared for potty accidents and blowouts is a must! One thing we can always depend on is our girls staying dry in their Huggies Little Movers Plus diapers. Since Ellie was a newborn, we’ve been a Huggies household. They're super absorbent and perfect for babies on the go, I know that Emma will stay dry without any leaks for up to 12 hours - that’s what the “Plus” means. It makes for one less thing to worry about on the drive!
If you've been following our family adventures for a while, you already now how much we love Huggies and always stock up at Costco for them. For one, we love the Little Movers Plus (Size 3, 4, 5, & 6), they're soft, super absorbent, and keep their little tushes soft and dry. Plus, they're such a great deal – Little Snugglers Plus (Sizes 1 & 2) – $37.49, $31.49 after $6 discount and Free shipping (this offer valid 9/1 to 9/25) Little Movers Plus (Size 3, 4, 5, & 6) – $42.99, $36.99 after $6 discount and Free shipping (this offer valid 9/1 –to 9/25) Starting in August Little Snugglers Plus will also be available in size Newborn starting - $29.99 available in select warehouses and online at Costco.com. Goodness, I love my Costco membership.
Tell me, what are your favorite road trip must haves for littles? How do you stay sane?