Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Beach prep...*car travel*

T-minus 36 hours until we leave for the beach....but who's counting?!?! We have traveled to Gulf Shores, AL with the kids a few times now. The drive is about 11 hours...just when everyone is FINISHED being in the car we are there!!!

I feel like we can only pack so many movies, DS games, ipads, etc. before they get board of them. I am hoping to be a little more prepared this year since the kids are getting older and bored more easily.

Mark is the vacation man (meaning he wants to make the most of EVERY. SINGLE. MINUTE. he is off work) so he has decided to leave for vacation on a Thursday. We aren't going to tell the kids...just pick them up from school and hit the road! We plan to get a heavy after school snack and then will drive about 3.5 hours to Memphis, TN and stop for a "later" dinner and stretch our legs. The plan will be to drive a couple more hours after dinner before stopping for the night. Mark and I are pretty good at booking hotels on the road, thanks to our Expedite STL days, so we hope to continue our streak of booking via the iPhone as we travel down the road.

When we wake Friday morning we are hoping to only have to drive a little more than 2 hours to get to Mobile, AL. Every year we drive right past the battleship on the water and memories from my childhood begin to play. We took the tour one year and it's something I will never forget. Since we are leisurely traveling we plan to stop Friday morning and take the tour. There seems to be a lot to do on site before driving the last 1.5 hour stretch to the condo.
*since writing this post we have created another set of plans and aren't sure which we are doing. We like to keep vacations interesting around here. LOL!* 

The trip is a little less than 11 hours total which is a good amount of time. It's not too much but is still a "long haul" with little ones. We are excited to break up the travel a bit this year! am I preparing for the 2017 Beach trip?!!?! Pre-making snack bags, preparing travel books, changing out movies, etc.
I am sharing 3 things that are helpful for us...

1. Pre-making snack bags:

I always have enough snacks packed on road trips. We don't go hungry but I haven't found the best way to serve them on a long road trip. Somehow I always end up the one crawling all the way to the back with my rear in the air searching that one snack that they want this time. I vow to not have that this trip. I have pre-made snack bags. The amount they eat is more easily monitored this way as well. *and because I have to make it organized I labeled the bags so they have the same amount of bags with each item. It just makes things easier in advance. Less fighting right?!!?!?
Some of the snacks I pack: goldfish, nuts, a few candy bags, chips, dried fruit, trail mix, beef jerky, dry cereal (if you didn't notice the healthy factor kinda goes out the window on vacation)

2. Preparing travel books:

Thanks to Pinterest I have found a ton of free resources. I even created a Roadtrippin folder where I pinned all my resources. I attempted to find grade level printables to put in each of their books. I added some travel games and some mindless activities as well as educational ones. I didn't spend money on the sleeves to make these reusable. To be honest I didn't want to spend the money and have to keep up with dry erase markers and such. They are grade specific and not something I think they will want to do over and over again. On the sheets/activities I thought they might want to do more than once I just added a few copies of it in the books.

3. DVD's and electronics:


As far as electronics go we keep them pretty organized on a day to day basis. It makes like easier when we go to search for stuff. Chargers, games, etc. are all in one place...when we travel we literally take this entire container. It's super easy! We make sure all is charged up and ready. Lastly Wyatt and Sloane will both pick out new DVD's to watch. Rotation of new movies is a must. ;) 

These 3 things are really helpful when taking long road trips. I love hearing what others do to make their car rides easier as well!! Yahoo for *almost* beach time!!! 

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