Getting prepared for any road trip can take a lot of work. Especially one with two young kids, and over 20 hours of driving. Here are a few tips that can help you get prepared.
Make a list, and make it ahead of time.
I am a list person, and I am usually way more prepared than I was this trip. Making a list a week or two before can be handy as you can be adding things as you go. When you do it all last minute – like me – you will forget things. Your list can include everything from what you need to bring, to what you need to take care of before leaving.
Make the necessary arrangements for home. Find someone to care for your pets, pick up your mail, and keep an eye out for things happening. Don’t leave things on your porch. Like your bike. It might get stolen. Mine may have got stolen. It was something I MEANT to put on my list, and forgot.
Talk about it.
Talk to your kids about the trip. Let them know that you will be in the vehicle a long time. Explain what will happen, and make it sound exciting! We pumped them up about going to Disney, and swimming in the pool.
Check the weather.
Be mindful of the weather you may run into. We were lucky that we didn’t leave any earlier and travel into the path of Hurricane Sandy. We did however go through a lot of snow through West Virginia. I knew it was a possibility so I even packed up a snow brush in the car – something you wouldn’t normally think to bring heading down to sunny Florida. You never know right?!
Build up your Patience.
Patience is key. Build it as the trip gets closer – you will need it.
Check back soon for more tips on travelling with toddlers and some other interesting things we have run into on our trip so far (like how we finally got our kids to sleep the first day here, and a run in with a very toxic caterpillar!). But right now, I am enjoying a day at DISNEY! Write soon! 😉