During the holidays we do seem to spend more time in the car than normal.
Those long trips to see the family that we don't live so close to or just traveling places that we don't normally go.
Having an organized vehicle will make those trips oh so much easier for this holiday season and beyond.
First make sure that you always have small, quiet things that you can do in the car with the kids. I used to get the shoe boxes from the dollar store and fill them up with things I thought each girl would like to play with. Also make sure these are new to them toys. Nothing is going to get the "I'm bored" quicker than toys that they play with all the time.
Also, invest in some headphones and a splitter for each child. That way if they are playing video games or watching a movie they can do with out you having to hear what they are doing. Trust me, they may seem very far off in that third row but when the movie starts blaring you will feel like they are watching it inside your head.
Batteries. Make sure you bring them. Because no matter how well the battery life is on that toy or game at home, when you hit the road and are in the middle of no where, they will run out. And they will run out quick.
Trash bags. Have lots of them. I like to make sure that I have some plastic bags available for the girls to throw stuff away. I always keep extras so that we can toss out the bags often.
Drinks and Snacks are a great thing to have in the car. It is cheaper in the long run and you won't have to worry about the dreaded "I'm hungries" or the infamous "I'm thirstys." My only hint here is to make sure that whatever it is is non staining and won't make your kiddo hyper.
Plan your trip out so that you get to stop at least every couple hours to stretch out. You will be amazed at how much better everyone will be with each other if they just get 10-15 minutes of down time out of the car when traveling.
First aid kits are a must when traveling around town and on the road. You will be amazed at how often I have to replace the stuff in that little kit as my girls get at it whenever they need something. You don't have to buy a kit, although this is pretty nice because you can replace as needed, but you can make up your own and keep it in a plastic container in the car.
And lastly always make sure that you are prepared for the emergency. Make sure your phones are charged, that you know the names of the highways you will be traveling on, and that you have an Emergency Road Assistance Kit.
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