We are not crazy. We are not crazy. We are not crazy. We are not crazy. Are you convinced yet? I am almost there. Yes, we are taking a holiday road trip of 2,000+ miles with four children, ages 6, 4, 2 and 5 months. But no, we are not crazy... OK, I am still sensing some disbelief here.
In our defense, I will say that we went to Puerto Rico (obviously not a road trip, but still...) when the baby was only ten days old. It was a delightful trip. Our kids have been traveling since infancy, and handle it admirably. And there is no way I would have them go through the sexual molestation by government agents ordeal by going through an airport (which we can't afford, anyway). However, I know that long days in a van can wear on everyone, so I am preparing a list of travel tips to keep it fun for everyone. Please, please PLEASE chime in with your own tips--I could really use them!
*Easily accessible changes of clothes for everyone. Our two year old gets car sick frequently, and we tend to be spontaneous types who are always deciding to do things on the spur of the moment that might require a change in attire, so that is a given. A couple of extra towels, and a cup will also be on hand.
*Standard supplies: snacks, books, CDs, and Febreeze-substitute (does anyone have a good recommendation for a natural deodorizing spray? Perhaps lavender or tea tree oil?)
*Slip on shoes.
*Getting the wiggles out every time we stop.
*Inexpensive surprises. I am thinking of stopping by a place like Dollartree and picking up a few surprises to bring out if boredom settles in.
*Sock ball. We found that a really fluffy sock makes a good ball for playing catch safely when one of the kids is rear-facing.
*Pillows and blankies. Our kids have never had security objects, but having their own pillows is just nicer whenever we travel, and a blankie to snuggle with makes it easier to rest.
*Games for a 4 and 6 year old? I can think of several that Ariana would enjoy, but I am not so sure about the younger ones. Any ideas?
What else? Am I missing some?