In a few weeks, we are taking our FIRST FAMILY VACATION! We are heading out to Montauk and I am so excited! Montauk used to be a quiet little beach town on Long Island, but it has exploded over the past few years. Over the past few years, a lot of chefs, hotel and restaurant owners from Manhattan have opened a ton of great restaurants and bars in Montauk so it has become very popular. Despite the fun nightlife, it is still a great place to visit with families. Since Montauk is relatively close to us, we will be driving there. However, it is a 2 1/2 hour drive. In order to make the car ride an easy one for EVERYONE, I recommend taking the following steps if you are planning a road trip with your family:
Stick with your routine
I think this is the most important tip. To minimize screaming and freak outs, keep in mind the times when your kids sleep and eat. Earlier in the summer when we went to the Poconos, we put the kids in pajamas, left at 8pm (their bedtime), and drove at night. When we arrived at about 10:30pm, the kids were already asleep so when we arrived, we put them right to bed. For this trip, we will be leaving in the morning. My kids like to eat breakfast as soon as they wake up. The baby likes to take a 9am nap and the twins usually take a nap at around 10am. Our plan is to feed the kids breakfast and get on the road shortly after so the kids will wind up sleeping for most of the ride.
Snacks and Drinks
Pre-portion out snacks like pretzels and cereal in small zip lock bags or bring individualized snacks like granola bars so your kids aren’t trying to rip open a bag and making a mess in the car. The key is to keep crumbs to a minimum. Don’t forget drinks! Bringing a Thermos for each child that will help keep drinks cold throughout the drive. I also like to use a S’well bottle because it can keep drinks hot or cold for 24 hours! It’s perfect for keeping coffee hot or drinks cold.
Having a portable potty IS THE BEST! My daughter always seems to have to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes. Sometimes when we are stuck in a lot of traffic, having a portable potty in the truck has saved us from her having a messy accident.
If everything is crammed into your car, make sure the snacks, wipes, a change of clothes, diaper bag, and the portable potty are easily accessible.
Prepare for Pit Stops
Stopping at a park, a kid friendly restaurant, or a stop at a roadside attraction can break up a drive without losing too much time. Before your trip, check out some potential kid friendly stops along your route. Do you have any road trips planned for the summer?