because life has ups and downs…
We might be a little weird, but my family loves a good road trip. We even love packing for a road trip. The anticipation of the unknown builds with every piece of clothing we fit into the bags.
I’m a horrible packer. Same for my husband and a couple of the kids. We pack far too many things- thinking that we might need those extra shoes or five more shirts. What if we spill something? What if the weather is warmer than expected? Colder? Our youngest daughter has packing down to an art. She decides what she will wear on which days with little to no room for error all the way down to the socks and hair ties! I have a general idea of what I’ll wear, but there are definitely options in my bag.
How about the strategies for packing the luggage? It resisted the whole Roll-Your-Clothes trend for quite a while. I just didn’t see how the way I put clothes into the bag mattered. I’m here to tell you that I was wrong. I’m fairly certain that my clothes are less wrinkled from the rolling, but the best thing is the volume of clothes that fit when rolled. This definitely feeds my over-packing obsession.
There are always lots of bags stuffed in the back of the vehicle. Not only do we need clothes for different activities, but we also need clothes for running. Yes- even on vacation, we find time for exercise. Some trips are even centered around fitness events, like marathons. For us, vacation doesn’t just mean relaxation.
I’m a snacker in the car. I bring food and drinks that we don’t even need. Every gas station has a buffet of chips and candy and drinks that I didn’t even know existed before the stop to fill up! Having too many treats isn’t a bad thing, right? We can always get bananas, but road trips also mean junk food.
So- how do we pass the time together in a vehicle for hours? You’re only bored if you choose to be bored! My kids have heard that line since they were tiny. Even in a car, there are plenty of things to do:
Long road trips are intimidating to some. Many folks would rather fly than pile the family into the car. I get it. We love to fly, too. But- there’s just something about a road trip. Our next adventure is only hours away!