(Surely this little face could never drive me insane, could it?!!)
After our recent “vacation“, I had a few ideas brewing in my head for ways to stay sane on a trip with little ones! While this is by no means an exhaustive list, these are a few things that helped us:
Sanity-Saver #1: Don’t jam-pack your schedule.
I know exactly how you feel: you’re on vacation and you want to take in all the sites, so you plan to hit as many as you can.
However, unless whining, crying, and melt-downs do not bother you, I suggest allowing plenty of time for downtime and naps. It’s no fun to take a tired child somewhere they do not want to be — just because you want to say you did *such-and-such* on your vacation.
I remember going to Disney World with my husband when we were in our mid-20′s (no kids yet) and wondering why in the world parents were dragging these fit-throwing, crying kids around. The kids weren’t having any fun. The parents weren’t having any fun.
I understand that sometimes you just have to go somewhere even with tired little ones, but try to plan your trip with the kids in mind, too!
Sanity-Saver #2: A well-packed snack bag for the car is essential!
One thing I dislike about traveling is that we often don’t eat well, and I end up feeling terrible. Packing a bag (and cooler) with healthy treats can alleviate that!
Included in our bag and cooler:
Sanity-Saver #3: Sound machines are a blessing.
I am a huge fan of sound machines for sleeping — especially when you’re in a hotel! These little machines don’t take up too much space, and they can drown out the noisy neighbors above and below you!
Sanity-Saver #4: Pull-Ups aren’t just for 2-year-olds!
I might get some flack for this, but I don’t care! This saved my sanity as we were logging tons of miles. I put the two youngest (ages 3 and 4) in Pull-Ups while we were driving. No…I didn’t tell them just to pee in them (I’m not quite that bad of a mom!!)! It was a cautionary measure, because they usually tell us they need to go to the bathroom when there are no rest stops around (and my 4 year old will “never” go outside or along the road)!
Sanity-Saver #5: Activity bags keep little ones occupied in the car.
Sanity-Saver #6: Keep a well-stocked car
It’s a good idea to keep a change of clothes and socks in the car for easy access. You never know when you’ll need them!
What are your tricks for maintaining your sanity on a road trip?!! Leave your ideas in the comments below!