5 Essentials to Traveling with Kiddos!

Essentials to traveling with Kiddos

Essentials to Traveling with Kiddos

When you have a long road trip ahead of you and you have a kiddo or 3, try these 5 Essentials to Traveling with Kiddos to make the ride a little smoother.

5 Essential tips to traveling with kiddos

Travel Organizer 

Travel Organizer from Tip Junkie! Take a canvas shoe bag and let the kiddo’s stuff it with their favorite items: small toys, books, snacks, glow sticks and a new toys is always a fun surprise, make sure to wrap it! Who doesn’t love to unwrap a new present!

Essentials to Traveling with Kiddos

Canvas Show Organizer – credit: Tip Junkie

BandAids

These are the BEST items to keep little ones busy. The kiddos can practice their fine motor skills by taking the backing off and sticking them on themselves and removing them. The best part is that they stick to the surface and can be removed without the gummy residue stickers leave behind. We use these on airplane rides as well! I have BOXES of fun kid BandAids. *Do not hold me to this. (we have OLD cars … 1971 VW Bug and a 1978 FJ40 Landcruiser) we DO NOT drive expensive vehicles with full leather interior. So, please test this theory before you hand over a box of BandAids to your kids and they get stuck on your nice BMW SUV leather seats.

Essentials to Traveling with Kiddos
Band-Aids = Fine Motor Skills

MUSIC

Music Unlimited by Amazon is your go to! As Prime members we just added this to our account. We get 250 Downloads a month… and they do NOT disappear after a month so they are YOURS!

Essentials to Traveling with Kiddos

BOOKS

Fun Cheap Or Free has an AWESOME idea for a book tote! Fill a tote with your child’s favorite books, and put them within arms length so they can reach them.

Essentials to Traveling with Kiddos

LAST RESORT

When all else fails….hand over the electronics. Check out this list of awesome Apps for Traveling Toddler from Media Macaroni.

Essentials to Traveling with Kiddos
What are your favorite road trip activities for the kiddos?

Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

2 Southern Bells and a Cowboy – Moving to a New State

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We have ARRIVED! We are now two southern bells and a cowboy (at least for a year)! We have been absent from the blog for a short while due to moving to a new state. That’s right, we packed up and moved from Virginia to Alabama in a quick 20 days! Its been a whirlwind of boxes, brown paper and goodwill donations.

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Movers are here

Donald’s work gave us a VERY short notice to pack up and move to a new location. So we complied. Isn’t that what everyone would do? (LOL). We sent him down here 2 weeks after we received notice. I stayed behind with the little lady and waited for the movers.

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Last Friday I started the 12-hour trek south on hwy 95. We made a quick stop in Raleigh, NC to visit a long time friend I hadn’t seen in nearly 10 years! It was a night of laughs, wine, and kids playing “batman cave” till way past their bedtime!

 

 

Day two of the drive was the part that made me nervous. 9 hours in the car with a 2 year old and no one to help me. But to my surprise she did AMAZING! We had no wet pants, no breakdowns and no fights getting back in her car seat! It was so AWESOME!

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Random peach….
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ATL! Almost there!

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Soooo Close!

 

We drove to the new, yet temporary, home we will be in for a mere 9 months. Then where…who knows! But we love the adventures!

 

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Together again!
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Together Again!

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Pike Road Crossfit
Moving Across the States with a 2 year old!  - www.AdventureFamilyInMotion.com
Moving Across the States with a 2 year old!

Day 8 – Mt Hood

On Sunday we woke relatively early to rain. The first real rainy day we had had since starting the trip. After 4 loads to the truck we were all packed! Our destination, Mt Hood only an hour down the road.

One little town that we drove thru was Sandy, OR just outside of Portland about 45 minutes. Reminded us of Nevada City but a ski town!

We hit Government Camp at 1130 and stopped at the Mt Hood Brewery Company for lunch and beer. We got killer food and beers and each got long sleeve t-shirts.

Mt Hood Brewing Co beer list
Daddy & Abigail time

After lunch we drove to the campsite but it was still raining and only 57 degrees so we decided to drive on to the next stop JUST outside of Bend, OR. Or that’s what we thought…

The weather went from 57 in Mt Hood to 89 in Medras, OR. Medras is also an Indian Reservation which consisted of a nice casino and high priced gas stations.

Medras, OR
Landcruiser
Old House near Madras, OR

Bend OR was only 2 hours from Government Camp but our campground was really out side of Sister, OR which was 45 minutes to the East and the campgrounds were another 30 minutes up the mountain.

Camp guide
Mommy and Abigail

We arrived at Three Creek Lake around 4pm and it was beautiful! Very secluded and with minimal people camping. We set up camp and Donald went for a run while Abigail and I relaxed in the hammock. The wind had picked up and we were getting chilled so I put some more layers on and when Donald got back form his run we all went for a walk. We walked to the other side of the lake where there was another campsite. Very nice area and we thought it would be less windy than our current place. We chose not to pack up and move the 500 yards down the street since there was still snow on the ground on that side of the lake. We got back to camp and started camp cake in the Dutch Oven. The wind had picked up so bad that I took Abigail to the tent while Donald finished dinner; sausage and pasta. After dinner I went back into the tent to tend to Abigail while Donald cleaned up for us.

By this time it was pretty cold and VERY windy. We staged all the camping gear in case we needed to pack up and head for warmer ground. The wind howled until about 10pm and then stopped. No breeze or anything, just a eerie silence.