Some things Ive learned along the way:
- I strategically place everything in the front passenger seat that I will need along the way, so it's only an arms reach away. DVDs, tissues, directions (yep, I still need them), drinks, snacks, wipes, diapers and that's about it.
- West Virginia should pay me to drive through it, not the other way around. I never really feel like I get my moneys worth with the $6 in tolls I have to pay.
- The speed limit everywhere should be 70 mph on highways.
- Related: North Carolina needs more highways. It takes about 2.5 hrs to get from Fort Bragg to the VA/NC border because there's no actual highways, just back roads to get there. Annoying!
- When there's no more reasoning with your freaking out toddlers, just roll the windows down and turn the radio up. The fresh air (even if filled with exhaust fumes!) is good for every one's state of mine, and you can't hear them yelling anymore. Bonus!
- It is possible, but not recommended to refill sippy cups while driving through the mountains.
- Speaking of mountains, I always appreciate and love how beautiful the drive is. The mountains are breathtaking, and I am in awe of the view every time I'm cruising through Virginia.
- We like to break up the trip by landmarks. The kids know we need to get through 2 mountain tunnels, then 3 toll booths, then the big, big bridge over the Ohio river. It really helps to feel like we're making progress.
- When the drive gets tedious, I rationalize it simply by comparing it to a day's work at an office. 8.5 hours. That's it. In the time most people sit in a cubicle for a day, I drive through 4 states. Not so bad when you think about it that way.
- I have remarkable contortionist abilities to change DVDs in the kids portable player while driving.
I'm already planning our next trip :)
Here's pretty much exactly what a road trip with us looks like:
I splurged and spent a ton on this car seat because even though the boy is big enough for the high-back booster style seat, I couldn't stand his poor head falling all over the place when he'd fall asleep. This thing is like a throne! Also - apparently we take eye protection seriously in this family. We never go anywhere without shades.