We’re gearing up for a major two-day, 600-mile road trip and our backseat will be full of two 2.5 year olds and not much else.
Even our car is not ready for this kind of a trip.
And, for two people who have had trouble going a half-hour to the outlets to shop, a road trip that will span at least six states is a bit of an undertaking.
But, the time is now, and we’re ready. In fact, other than knowing I will not get my usual weekend kid-free breaks, I’m excited for this trip.
What’s that saying? Plan for the worst; hope for the best. That’s my philosophy.
I’ve been reading and researching and thinking about everything. Overthinking, as the husband might argue.
“Did you call and make reservations for Olive Garden?” he asked last night.
“You don’t need reservations for Olive Garden,” I said, not getting his joke.
We’ll do half hour gift bags filled with something new and special, and some other prized possession that should bring a smile or two. (Same for the ride back.)
We’ll have various, very special snacks to offer at certain intervals — things they don’t normally get like a cool mix of cereals, toddler trail mix and fruit roll-ups.
We’ll stop every two to three hours, depending on the mood levels.
We’ll pack lunch, and probably serve it in the car and let them run at rest stops and other open spaces to let them blow off some pent up energy.
We’ll stay over night at a place with a pool so we can wear them out in the water and, hopefully, watch them crash quickly in the hotel.
We’ll have games planned, activities ready and toys and books within reach for those cranky moments, and just to help them let off steam vocally, physically, artistically and by laughing.
And, we’ll have a portable DVD player for the desperate — and much-needed quiet — times as well.
Whatever happens, hopefully it’s not too brutal. After all, it’s supposed to be a vacation away from home. Then again, isn’t there a saying about there is no such thing as a vacation with kids — just trips.
Still, it will be new scenery, a change in the mundane routines — especially bedtime routines — and a time to let go of the stress of only healthy meals and snacks and strict nap times.
In other words, a week to say yes, yes, yes, instead of no, no, no.
Any road trip tips you want to pass along?
Next week, I’ll provide our sample checklist for preparing and packing for a long road trip with twin toddlers along with the activities and toys that worked best for the trip.