Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Make a list
Movers will be here to pack up our house in about 16 days. 16 DAYS! Given that realization, yesterday I decided it was time to start making lists in an attempt to make this move organized. Forgive the poor handwriting, it never was a strong point of mine. I have a feeling there will be lots of additions to this list as I start to cross tasks off. It's a great starting point though. There is the usual tasks of cancel this, schedule that, pick up Dr. records, pet records.
On our last two moves we packed one single container of kitchen essentials. We don't always know how long we'll be waiting for our household good to arrive so it's nice to have a few pots and pans to make a home cooked meal.
The first time we moved to Arizona we pulled our second car on a trailer and filled the car with as much of our essentials as we could fit. (*Side note - our two big dogs fill up the back of our SUV so we can't pack anything in there.) On the way back to the east coast we rented a U-Haul trailer and filled that with our essentials. This time we got smart and bought our own trailer! We can fit one set of mattress and box springs and maybe even a couch! We have air mattresses (as does probably every military family I know) but a real mattress and a real place to sit during the day until our household goods arrive sounds fantastic!
The two lists that are pretty bare right now are the 'Food/Snacks' list and the 'In The Car' list for us and the kids. I routinely drive 12 hours to Virginia and back with both kids and have that down pat. But at the end of one long day I arrive at my parent's or my Mother-in-law's house with extra hands, food, and anything else I might need. This time Chris and I will be spending 4-5 days on the road with two kids, one dog, and lots of hotel rooms. I've picked up some toys and books from the Target Bargain bins for Landon and plan to have a couple new items he can 'play' with in the car each day, plus lots and lots of DVD's. I also have an idea of foods that have worked well for road trips before...banana bread, ham rolls, scones...and of course the typical easy toddler snacks...goldfish, bananas, raisins, vanilla wafers.
Now I have to tackle this list and plan out the actual road trip. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. :) What tips have you found work for young kids on road trips?