Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Road Trip!

Discount Tire and TwitterMoms have teamed up together and asked me to share my special memories from my favorite road trip and any exclusive Family Road Trip Tips that I have as well. I think that this will be a fun writing challenge and I am up for the task. Are you ready for a Road Trip?

Lets see, my husband and I have been together for 15 years. We had 5 years together before we decided to have children. We also traveled alot during those 5 years. We liked to take trips to casinos and being that we live in Texas that meant spending many many many hours together in the car. Traveling.

This one particular road trip took place comming back from Vicksburg, Mississippi. We were a little, okay, quite a bit tired and had spent the whole night gambling. We were on our way to Shreveport, Louisiana for yet another stop on our gambling weekend. To pass the time I started singing Old Mac Donald had a farm and my husband joined in. I would say the "Old Mac Donald had a cow" and he would do the noises. He had me laughing and rolling so hard that I peed my pants! His animal noises are so true and genuine, I even think he enjoyed making them. See, my husband grew up on a farm and I really think he invested time in perfecting his animal noises. Anyways, that was a road trip that I will never forget. It was a bonding moment between us. I even get the giggles just thinking about it now.

Now that we are married and have 2 children our road trips are pretty much the same. We still have fun and games and we have 2 more players. I find that being in a car traveling, you are confined for quiet a length of time. You can make the most of it and make good memories during this time together.

I have a few tips for families who are planning road trips this holiday season. I would like to share them with you:

1. Potty break! Make sure that everyone, driver included, goes to the restroom and washes their hands before getting in the car. This is very important and will save you a lot of time and sanity on your trip.

2. Nap time! When traveling with younger children, I like to travel during their nap time. This will help pass the time for them and it will give you a chance to talk to your spouse or to take a nap yourself.

3. Snacks! I like to pack snacks for road trips. You can choose the items that you snack on and you will save both time and money. You will be less likely to stop for unexpected snacks along the way. Plus you may choose healthy snacks such as nuts, fruit, cheese and fruit juice or bottled water.

4. GPS.. Be sure to pack your GPS and use it! This will keep you from getting lost and hopefully save arguments over directions. No one likes to be late because they got lost.

5. Games: Have a list of fun games to play along the way. We like to play spelling and math games when we are traveling with the kids. We also enjoy eye spy for both objects and letters. Just for old times sake, we may even sing "Old Mac Donald". This always gets the kids in a good mood and brings back good memories for me and the husband.

Are you planning a holiday road trip? If so, I hope that my tips will help you pass your time while you drive. My number one traveling tip is to be safe, buckle up and always tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Discount Tire blogging program, making me eligible to receive a $50 gift card and be entered for a chance to win a prize valued at $1,000. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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