Let's Go Road-Tripping

There is nothing more exciting than a road trip with your family (okay yes there are some). I enjoy the fond memories, the goodies, the conversations and the pit stops we make along the way. For me, road trips allowamilies to have a bonding experience that cannot take place on the airplane. If you are a busy family like mines, its an intimate time when everyone is relaxed. My family is pretty large, four girls and one boy (who is wheelchair bound) so, traveling by car is sometimes easier depending on the destination. When we travel there are items that are a necessity to make our trip run as smoothly as possible.

1. Snacks - The night before our trip I usually pack up the cooler with sandwiches, fruits, juice, water, cookies, chips and any other snacks my girls typically want to add to the bunch. The cooler that I use is small enough to be stationed in the van located in a place that is easy for us to access. Having snacks curve those road trip appetites! However, we do stop along the way if it is a place we can't resist.

2. Movies - Our minivan has a TV so we always have the kids favorite movies ready to go! IF your family has younger and older children this may not be so desirable for one of the groups of children, however, this is why you must prepare and have a back up plan.

3. Electronics - This is the backup plan to those pesky teens who are not interested in watching cartoons that any teen or tween may dread watching for hours. The electronics we typically have with us are at least two macbooks and two tablets. This makes the trip comfortable for everyone and allows all children to be thoroughly satisfied with their TV watching selections.

4. Portable Hotspot -Depending on your cellular devices data plan, you may have the capabilities to tether and use your phone as a source of internet connectivity for those electronics. If not, you may want to invest in a portable hotspot. We have found this to be well worth the penny. Its perfect for road trips, how