As you read this, we're on our way to Texas to spend Christmas with my parents.
Unless you read this at 3 AM. If that's the case, I'm still in bed. Tom wants to be on the road by 7.
We'll be traveling for 7 hours. I have my earplugs ready.
Traveling with children can be tricky. Here's a list of things I do to help make a road trip bearable:
1. Invest in earplugs.
Okay, sometimes you can't tune out the world, especially if you have tiny kids. So maybe earplugs aren't the way to go even though you don't want to hear, "Are we there yet?" for the hundredth time.
2. Pack new books.
I love to read, so I always pick up books at my beloved Target or Amazon for the kids. I also buy one for myself. The book I'll be reading as we head to Texas? Shopaholic To The Stars by Sophie Kinsella.
3. Get new DVDs.
We have a portable DVD player. I always find new things for the kids to watch.
4. Buy earphones for the kids.
I don't want to hear the latest My Little Pony movie from the DVD player. So I make sure Natalie has earphones so I don't have to hear Pinkie Pie shriek, "Oh my GOSH!"
5. Play road games.
I'm kidding. I don't do this. I want to read.
6. Pack snacks.
I always have snacks ready to go nearby. I usually bring fruit snacks, Rice Krispie treats (not homemade--from a box), dry cereal, and Pirate's Booty.
7. Explain that there will be no bathroom stops for a while.
I make sure the kids try and go to the bathroom before we go. Tom does not like to stop. Not even for me. So I make sure my bladder is empty and limit my liquids.
8. Bring Caffeine
Not for the kids, obviously. For me, so I stay friendly. Sometimes I can convince Tom to stop at a gas station so I can run in and get some beloved Diet Coke for .79 cents. But again, I have to watch how much I drink, because Tom won't stop until he needs gas.
9. Bring out small toys.
I'll buy items from the dollar spot at Target and hand this out if the kids get restless. I'm all, "Look, here's a ball in a cup."
I think everything will go smoothly. If it doesn't, be sure to follow along on my Twitter and Instagram accounts. I'll be sure to relay any drama we might encounter.
The main issue we'll have, I think, is Tom being insulted that I'm reading rather than talking to him.