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Are you taking a road trip this summer with your kids?? We just got back from a mini-family vacation and I don’t know what I planned for more, the drive up or the trip itself. This year, we only traveled a few hours away, but we had to make a few out-of-the-way pit stops so the normally manageable drive became quite a bit longer. I have little kids so they can be quite needy on a trip, and the littlest ones are alllllll the way back in the third row so it can make for some challenging situations on our drive.
If you are traveling with littles this year, here are some known truths about road trips with kids:
Fact #1- someone will probably spill their drink, even if it’s in a no-spill sippy.
I don’t know what sort of joke sippy cup manufactures are playing on us but I have never met a cup that is 100% spill proof. I think the excessive Arizona heat makes the liquid build up so much pressure that it just has to come out someplace. It’s a good thing my kids still drink about 80% water, 20% juice combos, so the staining is minimal.
Fact #2- You will have to answer an excessive amount of knock-knock jokes or “did you know”s from your kids?
I hate knock-knock jokes but my kids love them. Over and over and over again. They normally don’t even make sense either and almost always include a potty of some sorts. “Knock-knock” “who’s there?” “Fish” “Fish who?” “fish potty face!!!!” ha ha….very funny kids. Sometimes you have a smart kid that will tire of the jokes and just berate me with uninteresting facts. “Mom, did you know that the poodle is the friendliest dog??” “No, I didn’t, but thanks for sharing”
Fact #3- perhaps the most obvious one- You will have potty issues.
Thankfully my older two kiddies (7 and 5) are usually ok with not needing to go to the potty as much anymore, but that 3 year old?? Oh yea, she’s the worst. Hopefully she’ll let us know that she’ll need to go and not just go. Do you own a Potette?? Oh, you don’t know what that is? It’s just a fancy French-sounding word for a travel potty.
Also, it’s the greatest invention ever. Those bags you put on the potty absorb the pee-pee and you can just throw it away. The potty folds up when you are done and it can be stored in a nice carry bag. It’s awesome and I wouldn’t travel without it! So don’t be a potty foolette, trust me, you want this!
Fact #4. No matter how well you pack and how many activities you plan, you will hear 5 “are we there yet’s?” times the number of kids you have per hour of your trip*
*possibly not accurate, but probably pretty darn close.
Fact #5- Some one with drop something about 3 minutes into your trip and will continue to do so, the whole time.
I never drop anything when I am in the car, I honestly don’t understand why my kids keep dropping their stuff!! My three year old is the worst offender. She drops everything, no matter how big or how small. She is also in the third row so there is nothing I can do about it. If my son can’t reach it with his feet, she is SOL until we stop. One time, I asked, “what, do you think I have go-go gadget arms?!?” No one got it.
Fact #6- The batteries will die on at least one important electronic device.
This always happens. ALWAYS. Bring some back-ups, people!
Fact #7- Everyone will be starving, no matter what.
On longer trips, I usually bring two bags of snacks, one for cold snacks, like cheese, fruit and juice and one for regular snacks, like fishies and granola bars. My kids eat two snacks a day, but for some reason, they want like 13 snacks on a trip. But mom, I’m STARVING!!!! Right.
Fact #8- You will have to break up at least one fist fight per hour of the trip.
I always find it amazing how my kids can go from loving to hating one another in the same breath and usually back to loving again a few breaths later. Sometimes I just let the fight go, just to see how far they’ll take it.
Do you have more facts to add?? I’d love to hear them!!