Summer has arrived. It’s about the time for roadtrips, camp-outs, visiting family in far away lands, exploring our towns and keeping busy. Between the hustle and bustle and trying to stay on schedule, there are meals to be thought of and surviving a long car ride with the short people can be a serious feat. So when the opportunity to chat about one of long standing car ride staple snacks appeared in a fun sponsored box from Babblebox, we were absolutely delighted to chat.
With three kids, it is a production to get most places, but that can’t hinder the process. We just have to be proactive to get things moving along.
Think in advance about the things that we will need to make it through the day out and about and in the car.
- Create a “go bag” for each kid. Similar to the school backpack, it has all the things that they will need to get on through the trip, occupy themselves and keep the ride (mostly) frustration free.
- Pack individual snacks. We usually do something sweet, something crunchy, something to drink and something savory. The individual part is key to the process. It eliminates the “He’s touching my chips.” “She has my drink.” “He has my snack.” It is also why I love the Tree Top Apple Sauce pouches. It’s clean, mess-free and made with apples from local growers’ orchards . It hits that sweet spot with pure fruit, and gets smiles without the extra sugar and artificial flavors. We also love each kid can have their favorite, though Mama is partial to the cinnamon :)
- Have electronic free entertainment. Let’s face it — batteries die, chargers break, headphones don’t work and sometimes, someone forgets to bring the charging chords. Books, crayons, markers, Lego men, magnet games and plain paper have saved my sanity more than once. Be sure to have a set for each kid. Tablets and phones also come, but more often than not they are still in the bags when we get to wherever we are headed. To make it easy, I throw all the “fun stuff” into a large resealable bag, label it and then put it in their backpack. The short people are responsible for making sure that all the pieces wind up back in their bag when it is time to get out of the car.
- Throw in a lightweight, foldable chill chaser. Z likes a cardigan, Sol likes his favorite hoodie and Noah usually has his muslin blanket in tow. I love a light weight wrap.
- Give each kid $5 to spend at the service station when it is time for a leg break. The kids love to choose something for themselves, with Mom’s veto vote still in effect. It gives them a sense of responsibility. It also helps to ensure that they keep up with the finds in their go bag.
- Don’t forget to pack a go bag for yourself. I usually double up on the snacks, have an extra tee shirt and extra chargers in my bag.
This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on Behalf of Tree Top.