road trip survival kit

Hubby and I have decided to take an impromptu road trip this weekend to see my sister and brother in law in Kansas City; 13 hours away.  Now GPS says 13 hours away but with 2 kids (lucky we’re down 1; he’s visiting his grandparents) and our new rescued puppy (lucky for us he’s potty trained and never barks), that trip will probably be closer to 15, or more! We plan on leaving for that trip in just a few hours when the hub’s gets home from work.  Our plan is to drive overnight and end up there in the morning.  Might sound crazy to some, but, I planned it this way so the majority of the time, the kids will be sound asleep and traffic will be minimal (in theory)

Now to pack my survival kit.

For my 5 month old…

  • bottles and formula
  • pacifiers
  • dangly car seat toy
  • head/neck cushion (so when she falls asleep, her head’s not rolling everywhere)
  • diapers and wipes

For my 2 year old…

  • snacks (preferably ones that don’t crumble all over the freshly vacuumed car)
  • spill proof sippy cup
  • toys
  • coloring books
  • his iphone (by his iphone, i mean an old one with a cracked screen just loaded with games and shows)
  • extra change of clothes (he’s potty trained, but i’m sure on a long road trip, an accident will occur)

For hubster and I…

  • snacks
  • books
  • pillows
  • great road tunes

We’ve never taken a long road trip.  I think the longest has been 5 hours.  We’re used to flying.  But, it’s just not an option with finances right now. So let’s see how well this thing goes.

What I can tell you is that you can take a mini vacay without breaking the bank. It’s going to take a lot longer driving, but we’re saving around $800 by doing it and getting a much needed vacation that we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to take!

So I’ll be MIA for 4 days or so, but when I get back, I promise that I’ll have some great posts to share!


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