The second thing I did was to try to organize my car. We generally go somewhere that requires a 2 day drive since we live in the middle of the country. I have to be very creative to keep the kids from getting bored and the car from getting trashed. I used this tutorial to sew an organizer for the back of the seats for each kid. I modified it a little to fit our needs better but it was a great tutorial and really easy to follow.
In addition to these pocket organizers each kid has a tub of toys and activities. Since they’re still small I can put the basket on the floor in front of their seat. They little legs are still too small to reach but they can lean down to get what they want. We’ve used these for years. They come in really handy when we’re at someone’s house who doesn’t have toys. We just pull these out and the kids are entertained for a while. I also packed a thirty-one tote with activities that will go on the seat between them.
To pack my kids clothes and try to keep them from making a huge mess I decided to pack each outfit in a ziploc bag this year. For my daughter, each bag contains a pair of shorts, a top, a pair of underwear, a pair of socks, and any necessary hair stuff (headband, ponytail holder, hairbow . . . . ). My son was easier. Each of his bags just contain a pair of shorts, a top, and a pair of underwear. I plan to store the bags in their suitcases when we get home so they’re ready to go from year to year.
Since we’re going to be driving for several hours I packed travel snacks like these (click on the picture to see the original source which was my inspiration). I actually used a bead organizer that has smaller compartments and included some candy along with bunny crackers and other things. I try to limit the treats they have but since this is only used on car trips I figure we can splurge. I’m hoping this will keep me from having to constantly hand out snacks. The rule is that it won’t get refilled until the next day so they’ll need to ration what they eat to make it last. We will still have some things in a cooler to eat like cheese sticks or grapes but I’m hoping to just get into those when we make bathroom stops. Each kid will also have a thermos of water.How do you organize for a road trip? I’m always looking for great ideas!!
Part 1 - Meal Planning
Part 3 - Entertaining the Kids
Part 4 - Update