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My dad was in the United States Air Force for 30 years, and we moved around a lot while I was growing up. Because we moved every few years, we often road tripped it to our new home base, and my parents used these road trip opportunities to drive us to the beach or to visit relatives or to our favorite summer theme park before heading to our new home. Now that I have a family of my own, I want to make similar summer memories albeit without all the picking up and moving! One day, when the girls are much older, we plan to embark on the “Great American Road Trip” on Route 66, but, for now, driving 8 hours to visit everyone’s favorite Mouse is enough of a road trip for us.
I’ve written before about how to survive a road trip with pre-schoolers, and I still stand by that list, but today I wanted to share with you how we thrive on our road trips (yes, we take multiple road trips a year….it’s expensive flying 4 people everywhere!). I don’t want to just settle for getting there. I want to enjoy the process. No, it’s not always roses and unicorns, but road trips can be fun if you just take a little extra time preparing before you leave home. I’ve put together a list of a few things to pack before you leave home, and I’ve included things on this list that are specifically for adults this time. Don’t forget about yourself, adults! I know I’m always much happier on a road trip when I’ve got the things I need right at my fingertips.1. Comfort ItemsMuch like the kids’ bags, I, too, need a few comfort items for my trip. Neil is warm-natured, and I am always cold, so I usually pack a blanket or hoodie for myself and the kids. A neck pillow is not something I’ve invested in yet, but it may be a good idea this summer. Whatever you need to stay comfortable, bring it!
2. MusicWe finally figured out that if the kids wear their headphones while watching the DVD player in the back of our van, we can still listen to music on our front speakers. Game. Changer. Now Neil and I load up our electronics with playlists for each trip, and we take turns guessing the song or artist or just belting out our favorite tunes. This is especially fun when you purchase the new Coca-Cola™ products at CVS with song lyrics on them. Download the Shazam app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and other devices, open the app, scan the song lyrics with the camera, and press play! Shazam will instantly play the song that corresponds to the lyrics for you. Passing the time on long trips doesn’t have to be boring if you look for ways to have fun! Check out my video below for tips on how to use the Shazam app.
3. Adult Coloring BooksI know, I know. These things are “trendy” or whatever. I don’t care. I love them. I can zone out really quickly while working on these intricate pages, and it really helps to pass the time in a fun way. If you haven’t given these a try yet, you really should. I promise you won’t regret it.
4. SnacksOne thing I always have to have on hand for road trips is my Coca-Cola Zero™. I can survive just about anything as long as I have that on hand. When we’re preparing for our trips, we like to stop by the CVS right around the corner to stock up on snacks and drinks for the long haul. It’s really convenient to get in and out of CVS because their stores are smaller than traditional grocery stores, and we can always find what we are looking for right away. That’s the thing about road trips. Time is precious, and we don’t want to waste it going up and down the aisles of the grocery store looking for a quick snack. Check out the Best Summer Ever Deals at your local CVS that will help you create those lasting summertime memories. Right now, you can buy 2, 20oz bottles of Coca-Cola products for $3. That sounds like a great deal to me!
What are your best tips for a great road trip? Who would you Share a Coke and a Song with?