Roadtrips! and travel tips

When I hear “roadtrip!” I initially think of something really fun with great friends and exciting new places. Then I stop and think about roadtrips I’ve already been on…. interesting, sure, but I prefer to fly ๐Ÿ˜‰ I suppose it depends on the length of the roadtrip, but my most recent one was about 15 hours. I drove (okay, I rode) with a friend from Ames, IA to Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. FIFTEEN HOURS. We went through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and of course Ontario.

Yes, she drove the whole time, thank goodness. I’m not a huge fan of driving long distances, I think I may have died. But my first tip would be to take turns driving for a change of pace. Luckily, I liked being a passenger and she liked being the driver!

Also, take a break! We did stop maybe 10 hours through in Michigan and were able to stay with a friend of hers, so we slept for free (always a plus!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ And then there’sย MUSIC. I live on music. It wakes me up, it makes me happy, it keeps me entertained. You MUST have a playlist ready to go for long roadtrips. Not to mention other things to keep you busy (if you’re the passenger) like a book or computer. And if you’re the driver? I’ve been known to play some games like trying to find things outside the car as you’re driving that start with each letter of the alphabet. You can get stuck for awhile on the tough letters… that’s when license plates count ๐Ÿ˜‰

I definitely have to mention getting out and walking once in awhile. One roadtrip from NYC to Iowa left my feet so swollen (from sitting so long) that they were no longer able to fit in my flip flops! Haha.

But what about roadtrips with a baby?! That’s a whole new ball game for us. We haven’t attempted it yet, but I’d LOVE to travel back to Iowa where we used to live… 5 hours away. I’d imagine with a baby that trip takes more like 8 hours?! Unless we left at night and drove from 7pm to midnight or something… and Ryan slept the whole way. Has anyone tried that? Or left during nap time? The problem there is he’d only sleep for like an hour and then we’d be in trouble!

Are you taking a roadtrip anywhere this holiday season? I’m thankful most of my family lives here so we don’t have to go anywhere! But what are your tips because I know we’ll need to travel with Ryan *someday.* OR any crazy, funny roadtrip stories to share???

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4 comments to Roadtrips! and travel tips

  • Beth

    Just went our first roadtrip with baby. 4hrs one way and spent less than 12hrs there before returning home monday. I drove as my other have falls asleep quickly while driving. His job was to sit in the back and keep her happy. We left at 1pm and she slept the entire way. Trip up lasted 6hrs due to traffic. My only issue was not stopping to breastfeed as she was asleep and no electrical outlet to pump as my pump doesnt have batteries or car adaptor (borrowed).

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  • We took a 12-hour road trip from DC to Chicago a few months ago. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it went great! We stopped every two hours for about half an hour to nurse, and so the total trip was more like 15 hours … so we arrived very late … but that was the only real problem. Baby slept a lot more than usual for his naps, which was a good preparation for the excitement of our visit. And during his awake time, he mostly played with his toys or with one of us, sitting in the back with him. He was about five months old at the time.

    Next time, I’d schedule more of the trip to happen while he sleeps — like starting at 4 a.m. or something, before he’s usually awake.

    Overall, though, it was easier than a plane trip! (I’m saying this because I didn’t do much driving. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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  • I feel like I’m an expert on traveling with a baby I do it so often. I would say the *key* is to drive when they’d be sleeping the most amount of time in a row. That really does make it much easier!

    When Mason was only a couple months old it would take me about 7-7 1/2 hours to drive to NY a trip that used to take me 6 hours tops. Now that he’s a little older and I’ve gotten the hang of it it takes us about 6 hours!

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  • Lyn

    When we are going to be going anywhere more than like an hour away, we always plan to leave around nap time. Our son still will sleep 2 hours or more if we let him and the car ride makes for a great sleeping time for him. After he is awake, I try to make sure that he has toys he wants to play with and we pack plenty of snacks and drinks for the whole family. This last trip was the longest ever for us as a family (7-8 hours) and with me being pregnant, we stopped every 2 hours or so for us all to stretch our legs. I think that helped our son a lot with the trip, too.

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