How to Save Money on Gas

Top Off Your Gas

Is it just me or does the price of gas raise significantly every summer?  I think it does.  Here are a few tips to save money on gas brought to you by WarsawChryslerDodgeJeepRam.com.

– Find the Lowest Price

Watch where you buy your gas.  Gas prices can easily fluctuate $0.40 a gallon in the same town.  GasBuddy is one of the gas apps to help you save money.  Using a social media approach, GasBuddy allows the consumer to check out gas prices nearby. The social aspect comes into play as people report and confirm gas prices near you, and you can do this as well. One really important feature – GasBuddy will alert you of gas price spiking predictions, so you can fill up before it costs you an arm and a leg.  If you are like my husband and don’t use apps, there is also a GasBuddy website for you to search before you leave the house.

– Buy Regular Unleaded

It’s probably obvious that premium gas is always going to cost a lot more than regular.  If your car can operate on regular but you opt for a mid-grade or premium gas you may be paying $5-$10 more a fill up.

– Go Off the Highway

This is related to our first point….find the lowest price you can.  That’s usually not going to be located on the side of a major highway.  Of course, it’s probably not worth it to make a big detour but when possible try and fill up before you hit the highway.

– Know the State Tax on Gas

Not only can gas prices vary from place to place but they can vary significantly because state gasoline taxes are different.  Driving across borders can add an extra $5-$10 dollar difference sometimes.

-Pay With Cash

Not all stations offer this but many offer a lower price if you pay with cash instead of a credit card.  The difference can be as much as $0.15 a gallon.

-Pay With a Cash Back Credit Card

In complete contrast to the above suggestion (and Dave Ramsey’s recommendations) sometimes a cash back credit card is the way to go.  Even with the higher price, the reward you receive could make using a credit card the better deal. ….not to mention easier since you don’t have to go into the store this way.  Plus, if you have a station specific gas station credit card you could earn as much as $0.05 cents per gallon back!

I hope these tips will help you keep a little more cash in your wallet this summer!

(See Related: Should You Top Off Your Gas? The answer may surprise you!)

How to Pack a Travel First Aid Kit

Traveling can do great things for the soul, reset your mind, and provide great opportunities for bonding with your family.  However, sometimes traveling can leave you wanting.  Be prepared for small set backs or emergencies with a first aid kid.  This post on how to pack a travel first aid kit is brought to you by KingGM.com.

(Related: See our Family Car Games post)

To begin building a first-aid kit for travel I recommend buying a pre-packed kit from the Red Cross.  They sell Car Survival Kits for $41 and Be Red Cross Ready First Aid Kit for $21. Both of these options will give you a great deal of products for cheaper than you could buy individually.  Plus, they come with a handy carrying case.

Car Survival Kit

The Car Survival Kit includes:

  • -1 Durable Nylon String Back Pack
  • -1 Emergency Food Bar 6ct
  • -1 Dotted Poly-Cotton Gloves
  • -1 Emergency Hand Warmer 2-pack
  • -1 Emergency Blanket Bulk 52″ x 84″
  • -1 Emergency Mylar Sleeping Bag
  • -1 Rain Poncho
  • -1 12-Hour Emergency Light Stick.
  • -1 Emergency Water Pack 4oz
  • -1 Mini First Aid Kit with:
    • -5 Adhesive Plastic Bandages, 3/4″ x 3″
    • -3 Adhesive Fabric Bandages, 3/4″ x 3″
    • -5 Junior Adhesive Plastic Bandages, 3/8″ x 1-1/2″
    • -1 Fingertip Fabric Bandage
    • -1 Knuckle Fabric Bandage
    • -2 Antiseptic Cleansing Wipes (sting free)
    • -1 Triple Antibiotic Ointment Packet, 0.5g

Be Red Cross Ready

The Be Red Cross Ready Kit includes:

  • -3 Triple antibiotic ointment packs, 0.5g each
  • -4 Antiseptic cleansing wipes (sting free)
  • -1 Hydrocortisone pack, 0.9g
  • -2 Hand sanitizer packs, 0.9g each
  • -2 chewable aspirin tablets, 81 mg each
  • -20 Plastic adhesive bandages, 3/4″ x 3″
  • -10 Plastic adhesive bandages,1″ x 3″
  • -2 Elbow and knee plastic bandages, 2″ x 4″
  • -5 Junior plastic bandages, 3/8″ x 1-1/2″
  • -1 Knuckle fabric bandage
  • -1 Fingertip fabric bandage
  • -3 Patch bandages, 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″
  • -1 Instant cold compress
  • -1 Triangular sling/bandage
  • -1 Trauma pad, 5″ x 9″
  • -4 Gauze dressing pads, 3″ x 3″
  • -2 Gauze dressing pads, 4″ x 4″
  • -1 First aid tape roll, 3/4″ x 5 yds
  • -1 Gauze roll bandage, 3″
  • -1 CPR one-way valve face shield, latex-free
  • -1 Thermometer, one time use
  • -2 Latex-free exam-quality vinyl gloves
  • -Scissors, 1 pair
  • -Plastic tweezers, 1 pair
  • -1 American Red Cross Emergency First Aid Guide
  • -1 Zippered clear-pocket soft pack

I Recommend Adding:

1. Your health insurance cards.  We had to use ours on a trip last year and boy, was I thankful we had them.  In an emergency, you’ll want them handy.

2. Enough of your Rx medications and vitamins to last you the length of your trip—and a few days more juuuuust in case.  I guess these would really be packed in your suitcase instead of the first aid kit but I can’t make myself leave them off.  My Rx medication keeps me going and I can’t go anywhere without it.

3. Antidiarrheal medication (Imodium or generic) and antacids.  I can’t tell you how many bottles of antacids I’ve bought on trips because I never think to pack them.  Well, actually, I can.  Four. I have four nearly full containers of antacids because I rarely have an upset stomach at home.  I guess it’s the travel that gets to me!

4. An antihistamine for an unexpected allergy attack.  Claritin or a generic for seasonal allergies and Benadryl or similar for an allergic reaction to food or another reason.

5. A pain reliever such as Tylenol, Advil, Excedrin, or Aleve.

6. Sunscreen, aloe gel, hydrocortisone cream.  To protect from the environments and sooth sore skin.

7. Insect repellent.

8. Antiseptic wipes/hand sanitizer are listed in the Red Cross kits but I like to have a lot of this extra and on hand while we’re out on the road.

10. A thermometer.  It may be overkill but it would come in handy if you needed it.

There you have it folks, my recommendations on how to pack a travel first aid kit!

How to Stay Comfortable on Long Drives

Stay Comfortable on a Long Drive

Long drives can really be a pain in the back.  Literally.  Here are some tips on helping you stay comfortable on long drives.  This post is brought to you by VictoryLayneChevrolet.com.

Pull Over

Pull over at least every two to three hours.  Lynn Millar, Ph.D., chair of the department of physical therapy at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, said, “Sitting too long is hard on the lower back due to that constant flexed position.”  Getting out and giving your back a break can help avoid back pain.  Sitting too long in one place can compress the discs in your back potentially leading to pain or even tingling in your legs.  Walking a bit always helps me stay comfortable on long drives.

Stretch Your Back

If you can’t get out and walk at least try and stretch your back.  This is also a good stretch to do if you do stop and get out of the car!  Raising your arms above your head and arching your back slightly can do wonders to ease a tired back.  Shoulder rotations can also be beneficial.  Every single time I think about rolling my shoulders in circles I think of my third grade teacher who made us do this daily when we took a break.

Stay Alert

I know all about driving sleepy and being sleepy for that matter.  Do what you have to do to stay awake.  Go ahead and have some coffee or energy drinks if you need them (and don’t have a physical restriction preventing you from taking them).  If you can’t stay alert, don’t push yourself.  Stop.  Always stop and sleep when it’s not possible to switch drivers.  Get a hotel room, sleep in your car, just don’t fall asleep on the road.

Stretch Your Legs

Literally, don’t just get out and walk, do some stretches.  Some deep knee bends and some lunges will help keep you feeling good.

Flex Your Feet

Point your feet and roll them around every now and again.  Long car trips can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis so stop when you can and stretch in between those stops.

Sit Straight

Sitting straight isn’t just important to do because it’s what your mom would want but it will help keep your spine aligned and comfortable.

Consider a Neck Pillow

I adore my neck pillow.  When my neck is sore, I get a headache, and when mama gets a headache, no one is happy.  Therefore my neck pillow keeps everyone happy!  Well, that may not be sound logic but I love my pillow.  If you get headaches on trips try a neck pillow.

Those are my tips for staying comfortable on long drives.  I hope they help you stay comfortable in your travels this year!

Keep Your Pets Safe in The Car

Keep Your Pets Safe

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If you love your pet and like to travel you’ve probably wondered what the best way is to keep your little loved one safe in case of a car accident.  Growing up my family always drove with our small puppy roaming the car.  They would be in the back window one moment and on the driver’s lap the next.  I don’t know why we never questioned the safety of this?  We purposefully didn’t drive with the windows down because we didn’t want him to jump to his demise but we never thought about the risk we were putting him in…and ourselves in by having him roam loose in our car.  Thankfully we never had an accident and nothing came of it.  Now that I’ve thought about it, I want to try and do the best I can to keep myself, my family, and my dear pets safe.

As of now there are no government standards for pet safety items.  It’s a 60 billion dollar industry that is unregulated.  I don’t necessarily think we need government regulation in this are but I think it’s helpful to know that just because a car pet product is marketed toward car safety, doesn’t mean that it actually is safe. Recognizing that there was a need for testing pet travel gear, the CenterForPetSafety.org set out to do some testing.  You can see some of their crate car testing videos and results by clicking here.  You can see their pet seat testing videos by clicking here.  Don’t worry, you can click over, the videos don’t use real dogs but test dummies just like in car crash tests.

In the end, only a handful of products earned the center’s crash-test certification. For pet carriers, they were the PetEgo Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier with an Isofix-Latch Connection, $252, and the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock, $170 to $190. For pet crates, Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate, $500, with 8’ Tie-Down Straps, $75.  Lastly, for pet harnesses, the Sleepypod Clickit Sport, $70 to $90, and Sleepypod Clickit Utility, $90 to $100. Prices vary according to the size needed to fit the dog.  To learn more, go to centerforpetsafety.org and while you’re there check out their Pet Travel Tips.

Keeping your pet secure in the car will not only make for a happy pup but will also keep you from driving distracted and will keep your pup from becoming a flying projectile during the off chance you’re in an accident.

To choose the correct size dog carrier for your canine friend visit American Kennel Club for their recommendations.

 

Top 5 Things to Do In Shelby, NC

If you’re within a few hour drive of Shelby, NC here’s a list of 5 attractions that I think will make for a great day trip.  Call it a day-cation if you like.  This list of the Top 5 Things to Do in Shelby, NC is brought to you by MarburgerChryslerJeepDodgeRam.com which just so happens to be located in Shelby.

Banjo

  • 1. Earl Scruggs Center – Music & Stories From the American South

If you don’t know who Earl Scruggs is, I’m not sure we can be friends. I’m kidding…kind of.  The late Earl Scruggs pioneered the banjo picking method that made bluegrass what it is today.  His hometown was Shelby, NC so it’s fitting that’s where this center is found.  They have a very affordable exhibit and they offer free passes to all active military and veterans.  Not only do they have the exhibit open year round but they also offer music camps for kids and adults, coffee with the curator, affordable concerts from local artists, and so much more.  Check out EarlScruggsCenter.org for all the details.

 

Merry Go Round Festival

  • 2. Foothills Merry Go Round Festival

Okay, so a trip to the park might not be worth an hour drive to get to but I think their Foothills Merry Go Round Festival is!  It’s April 27th-28th this year (2019) but this will be their 22nd year hosting it so I’m sure they’ll have many more to come.  They have rides and attractions and it’s only $8 per person for the day.  Everything will be included except for the food.  I’ve never been to a festival that had the rides included in the ticket price.  It sounds like a lot of fun!  Visit CityofShelby.com for more details.

 

Drive In Theater

  • 3. Sunset Drive In Theatre

This drive-in theatre will bring back memories of days gone by while providing a great and affordable evening out with the family today.  Well, not today actually, it doesn’t open for the season until April.  Mark your calendars though because this is one fun outing that you’ll want to have on your to-do list.  It’s only $12 for a car and while they have reasonably priced concessions, you’re even allowed to bring in outside food!  What a deal!  Visit SunsetDriveinTheatre.com for more information. (Note, I’m sure it doesn’t matter to anyone but the picture above is a stock photo and isn’t of the Sunset Drive in Theatre.  I just went with this instead of getting permission to use theirs while they’re on their off season)

 

Bird's Eye Balloon Rides

  • 4. Bird’s-Eye Balloon Rides

I did get permission to use this photo from Bird’s-Eye Balloon so if you go there this is what the balloon you will ride on will look like.  When I contacted them they were very friendly!  They mentioned that this time of year is great for proposals and they haven’t had anyone say no to a proposal yet.  I’m just throwing that out there in case any of you are looking to pop the question.  I would love to go on a hot air balloon ride one day!  My dear husband is afraid of heights so I’m waiting till my kids are a little older to go with me.  If you’re in Shelby and have always dreamed of a hot air balloon ride then you should definitely stroll by Bird’s-Eye Balloon Rides.  You can find out all the details about a ride at BirdsEyeBalloonRides.com.

 

Cleveland County Arts Council

5. Cleveland County Arts Council

If you love art then I think the Cleveland County Arts Council would make a good stop for you.  They have beautiful art to look at, a gift shop to take some home with you, music and film festivals, art classes for kids and adults, and even art camps.  They have a lot of events on their calendar so if art interests you, visit CAArtsCouncil.org for more information.

There you have it, those are my top picks for a day trip to Shelby, NC.  If I left off anything you think I should have included please let me know in the comments.

Top 3 Things to Do in Richmond, Va

Maybe it’s the rain but I’ve been day dreaming of visiting another nearby town and spending the day there.  It’s certainly easier than a full scale vacation and it’s a great way to learn about the surrounding area.  If you live within driving distance of Richmond, Va I hope you’ll enjoy my recommendations.  This Top 3 Things to Do in Richmond, Va post is brought to you by a Richmond business, PearsonChryslerJeepOnline.com.

RVA Trolley Tours

  • 1. RVA Historic Trolley Tour

If you know me, you know my love of Mister Rogers.  It’s true.  There is a deep love I have for that precious man and the work he left behind.  Loving him, means loving Speedy Delivery and all things trolley related.  I’ve watched his trolley tour episode with my kids over and over.  I would love to ride a trolley some day and a trolley tour seems like a great way to do just that.  You get to see a trolley up close and see the Richmond area at the same time.  The RVA Historic tours website boasts, “This two-hour historic tour will give you a great overview of the history of Richmond! See and learn about the State Capitol, St. John’s Church, Libby Hill, Monument Ave, James River, and much more!”  To learn more visit RVATrolley.biz.

  • 2. Food Tours

How come this isn’t a thing where I live?  This should be a thing everywhere!  You can pay one price and enjoy a 3 hour food tour of the best eateries in the area.  I couldn’t pick just one to share because they all sounded so good.  Here are your three food tour options straight from their website:

-Dive into Church Hill, Richmond’s oldest neighborhood! Get a taste of the barbecue, baked goods, and everything else that makes Church Hill a food powerhouse, while uncovering Richmond’s origin story in this must-visit neighborhood.

-Explore Carytown from an insider’s perspective as you enjoy food and snacks from 5-6 different restaurants, cafes, and shops and learn from our expert guides about the fun and quirky history of Richmond’s most exciting neighborhood.

-Discover Richmond’s hip Arts District! Savor mouth-watering food and snacks from local restaurants and bakeries, meet the people behind these culinary destinations, and hear the stories of one of Richmond’s defining neighborhoods.

I really don’t know which one I would pick because they all sound so good!  To find more information visit RiverCityFoodTours.com.

  • 3. Museums

Last but certainly not least, museums.  Richmond boasts of museum after museum after museum!  There is The Valentine, the American Civil War Museum-White House of the Confederacy, The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar, Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, Children’s Museum of Richmond (two locations), Chimborazo Medical Museum, Edgar Allen Poe Museum, Virginia Holocaust Museum, and so many more!  To see all the museums that Richmond has to offer visit VisitRichmondVA.com.

There you have it!  Those are the three things I would do if I had a spare day or two in Richmond, Va.  I would take a trolley tour, eat a lot of good food, and expand my mind with museum after museum.  If you love Richmond and have something to add to my list please feel free to leave a comment below.

How to Keep Kids Happy on a Road Trip

How to Keep Kids Happy on Road Trips

  

Wear comfy clothes, pack back up clothes just in case of a water spill or some unforeseen emergency.

     

  • 4. Music.

Let them have a turn choosing music.  (On that note, you may want to see my Top Road Trip Tunes)  Sing with them.  Dance.  Let yourself have fun, which brings me to my next point.

  • 5. Be Silly.

Wear silly glasses and act like it’s normal when another car sees you.  Enjoy being with your kids.  Be that mom or dad that seems more like a babysitter instead of a parent.  That’s harder than ever to do on a trip but it’s that much more important to do then.  If you’re having a good time then they’ll have a good time.  You can control your attitude and in turn your attitude will greatly influence theirs.

  • 6. Play games WITH them.

Punch Buggy (although that’s honestly not a favorite of mine), License Plate Bingo (that’s right up my alley!), anything to pass time and keep their minds occupied. Who can spot the most pickups in 20 minutes? How many yellow cars are in the state of Virginia? (See my Top 3 Things to Do in Richmond post if you’re near there!) Make up the games as you go but whatever you do be part of the fun and you’ll probably find that it makes the trip go even faster for you too!

  • 7. Stop often.

Plan ahead of time for stops and allow the kids to stretch their legs at a rest stop or even a park.  A quick game of catch could be just what the kids need to get the blood pumping and burn off some energy.

Those are my 7 best tips for how to keep kids happy on a road trip.  If you have anything to add to my list please leave me a comment!

Holiday Packing List for Babies

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Holiday Packing List for Babies

Holiday travel is intense, is it not?  Packing to see the in-laws, packing presents, and packing the other 101 things to keep your baby dry, fed, and content on a several hour trip is a lot to plan for.  I’m here to help!  You won’t need everything on this list so pick and choose what will work for you but hopefully I won’t have left anything off the list that you’ll find yourself needing.  So here goes, my holiday packing list for babies!

Entertainment

I’m mostly thinking toys for the car because once you arrive at your destination family will take over and you’ll only see your baby again when it’s time to be changed or fed. Ha. I’m only kind of kidding.

  • -1 soft book (The Rainbow Fish bath book was a favorite in our house!)
  • -1 squishy/rattly toy of your choice
  • -1 big mounted mirror so they can look at themselves
  • -1 Justin Robert’s Lullaby Cd.  Seriously!  I’ve given a dozen of these away as gifts.  They’re delightful for adults to listen to and soothing for the baby at the same time.  Plus, each CD purchase helps to support an artist.  Win, win, win!


Baby on Board (baby specific items)

  • -Diapers (I like to bring a sleeve or two and buy more if needed)/swim diapers
  • -Diaper cream
  • -Toothbrush/toothpaste (Or save the packing space and opt to use a clean wash cloth if they’re small enough)
  • -Breast pump/nursing pads/cover up
  • -Formula/warmer/bottle/bottle brush
  • -Bibs
  • -Baby food/cereal/bowl/spoon
  • -Sippy cup
  • -Pacifier
  • -Changing pad
  • -Baby wipes (I would bring a pack and buy the rest)
  • -Travel crib/cot/sheets for it
  • -Humidifier (If you’re going to a place with really dry heat like we do when traveling in winter. Baby nosebleeds aren’t fun)
  • -Baby carrier/sling
  • -Burp cloths
  • -Sleep sack
  • -Baby blanket (a thin one or two that could double as a nursing cover, stroller cover, baby blanket, or swaddle if needed)
  • -Swimsuits/sunhat/sunscreen (see my full beach packing list for baby here)
  • -Sweater(s)
  • -Socks/shoes
  • -Shirts/shorts/pants/onesies
  • -Hair brush/hair bows
  • -Shampoo/lotion (if you use a particular brand)
  • -Night light/sound machine/any other transportable sleeping item babies are used to
  • -Insect repellent
  • -Stroller
  • -Car seat
  • -Portable high chair
  • -Place mat (We loved our rollable silicone ones and the plastic disposable ones)
  • -Baby thermometer/baby Tylenol (This might be helpful for some who suspect a cold coming on or for those who like to plan ahead…but I’m one that would just run out to Walgreens and buy them new)
  • -Gas drops (I would pack these just in case!)

Holiday Packing with Baby

Health Care

  • Band-aids
  • Antibiotic ointment (We prefer Polysporin over Neosporin in our house)
  • Rx meds anyone in the home takes (We bring just enough for the trip plus one day in case we’re delayed)
  • A few pills of pain medication (well labeled and away from kids) just in case
  • Allergy meds or any other OTC medicine the family takes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Vitamins

Miscellaneous

  • Phone/ipad/laptop
  • Chargers for all the above
  • Possible portable charger for on the go use especially if you’re one who takes pictures all day (I do too on vacations. Solidarity!)
  • Camera/charger/case
  • Books (for you)/notepad and pen for doodling your thoughts (I tend to have all of these thoughts on vacations, usually it involves how to pack better for next time but sometimes I have deep thoughts too) 🙂
  • Assorted sizes of plastic bags (I honestly can’t tell you why but I’ve found uses for them on many many occasions I just can’t think of a single example as I type this tonight)
  • Small amount of dish soap/laundry detergent/disinfecting wipes
  • Cash to tip with

I hope my Holiday Packing List for Babies was helpful to you.  If I left off something that you can’t travel without please let me know in the comments below.  Happy holidays and safe travels!

 

Insanely Genius Car Hacks

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We spend a lot of our lives in cars and these trusty tips will hopefully make your car driving experiences even better.

Car Cooling Hack

Cool Down the Car Quickly

When you’re car is sweltering on a hot day here’s a trick to cooling it down quickly.  Roll down one window and open and close the door on the other side five or six times.  This will push the hot air out and allow cooler air to come in.  My husband told me this tip and I didn’t believe it till I tried it for myself.  It really works!  This is a great car hack.

Key Fob Car Hack

Put Your Key Fob to Your Chin to Increase Distance

If you’re in a large parking lot and can’t find your car, try placing the key fob on your chin ti increase the range of the signal by a few car lengths.  This cracks me up but hey, if it works, why not?  Apparently, the fluids in your head turn into an adequate conductor.

Windshield Crack DIY

Paint Small Windshield Cracks With Nail Polish

We learned this trick the hard way.  We recently moved to a house with approximately a million oak trees and a bazillion falling acorns and one giant acorn feel with such force that it gave our windshield a small crack.  We researched and found this trick.  Once year later and it’s still staying small!  To slow the spreading of a small crack, paint over the crack with clear nail polish on both sides of the glass.

Gas Gauge Hack

Look at The Gas Gauge to See Which Side to Fill Up

If you’re driving a rental, a new car or if you’re just incredibly forgetful here’s an easy way to figure out which side the gas tank is on.  Look at the gas gauge and there will usually be an arrow pointing to which side of the car the gas tank is on.

Photo of Where You Parked

Take a Photo of Where You Parked

This is a tip I used myself when I was at Disney World and on busy days where my mind is clouded with a hundred odds and ends I plan on using this to remember which floor I park on at the hospital.

Pizza Warming Hacks

Keep Pizza Hot With Heated Seats

If you have seat warmers turn them on to keep your carry-out pizza nice and warm on your trip home.  I hope you’ve found these car hacks helpful, if you have any to add please leave them in the comments.

Top Road Trip Tips when Traveling With Children

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Tips for Traveling with Kids
It is almost time for vacations to begin and families getting out on the open roads taking road trips! So many wonderful memories come from family vacations, and spending time in the car site seeing all over the globe! Today I wanted to share some of the top road trip tips when traveling with children. These will make your life and theirs a little easier!

Car Sick Travel Bag: You never know when someone will end up getting sick, so I recommended making a car sick travel bag. Include medicines like anti-nausea, anti-diarrhea, gas medicines, something for headaches and so on. Just make sure you pack medicines for any occasion. I also toss in some sacks in case someone does have an upset tummy, you are not left in a bind. You can store it in a gallon bag and tuck in in the trunk or under a seat.

New Movies for Kids: If you have tablets or a portable dvd player, think about doing new movies for the kiddos. You can rent some from a Redbox if you have a dvd player, or download and/or stream from the tablet. Either way this is a great way to keep them occupied for awhile. You can also download fun games on tablets for them to play.

Prevent Boredom: Like above with the new movie idea, you can also think about other activities to keep your children entertained. Try to find new things like car bingo, or go to your local dollar store and find new toys for them. Anything you think your child might enjoy and be entertained for a little bit.
Shower Caddy Basket to Hold Crayons: Pack up some fun coloring or activity books. Then take a little shower caddy basket, that has the suction cups on the back, and stick it to the window. Then when they need a crayon they can reach up in the caddy to get a crayon or pencil. It keeps the crayons from falling into the seat or on the floor.

Pack Snacks: This is a great one to save a little money and to have snacks when your kids get hungry. Take sandwich bags and pack up some of their favorite treats. Like crackers, cookies, licorice, whatever you want. Then create single serve snack bags. When they get hungry let them pick out a snack to enjoy.

Bathroom Breaks: Be prepared to have more pit stops then if you didn’t have kiddos with you. They will need to stretch their feet and go to the bathroom more than adults. So just make sure to allow yourself the time to have those stops and let them burn a little energy off.