It’s finally summer, my favorite season of all, when I recharge!
In summer time, we go on a lot of road trips, short and long ones. Our longest was when we drove from Vancouver to San Francisco. That was when the kids where 2 and 4 years old. I know!
Packing for our road trips has changed over the years, but there are things that I just don’t travel without:
- Snack – Lots of snacks
- GoGo Snack bags – a bunch (this is to portion the snacks for the children) keeps our car clean and kids on proper portion
- Peppermint oil – great to calm down bruises, headaches, and lower fever
- Tea tree oil
- Guardian oil diluted in water in spray bottle (to keep our hands clean instead of the alcohol soap)
- Band aid
- Tylenol – just in case all the other home remedies don’t work
And for entertainment in the car:
- Audio books
- Pencil Crayons
- Word games
I’m proud to say our road trips no matter how long, are tech free. I believe kids need to be bored and daydream and pay attention to the road while driving. Then they will get creative and makeup their own play.
Our road trips has changed over the years, in a way it is easier, we don’t carry car seats, car seat trays, potty and stroller with us anymore 🙂 Yay there!
But now that the children are 7 and 9 years old it’s way more difficult to keep them entertained. They get into arguments, disagreements, and they decide to tease each other once in a while. I know siblings. Right?
I love it when they get along and start singing their long out, it’s quite wild and loud but you gotta give it to them for their team effort.
Something that my kids learned early and well is how to do camping and road trip in a greener way. We always pick our recycling and compost home, if we can’t find proper cans for them. We also don’t do disposable dishes; our reusable ones are way better and more eco-friendly!
Hit the road with your children, there are things they see and lessons they learn that they can’t do it anywhere else.