Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ladies Who Link: Travel

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by for this month's Ladies Who Link party! I'm linking up with Holly, Tara, Lisa, and Trina & Sara to talk about travel.


A few months ago, I shared about our favorite family trip to Dallas! We are planning to venture to Disney World next summer and are hoping to do an American history road trip the summer after. Our bucket list consists of France, England, Italy, San Diego, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, and my personal favorite, Oregon - to watch the Olympic trials for track and field! Anywhere else I need to add to my list? Tell me in the comments below!


Earlier this year, I also talked about how I plan for a vacation.


Although we drive down south to Robert's hometown a few times each year, we haven't traveled outside of Texas as a family of 4 just yet. That's about to change very soon when we road trip to St. Louis to visit family! Since I'm in planning mode right now, I thought I'd share what we're packing to survive the 14 hour drive.


Neck pillows



The kids don't last long in a moving vehicle, and they are known to fall asleep in the oddest positions. They each have a neck pillow, and instead of lugging around a big pillow for myself, I have one, too.

Hoodie



Even though it's hotter than the surface of the sun these days, I get cold very easily. Instead of bringing a blanket, I always pack a sweater or hoodie to use. I broke the zipper on my favorite Hurley hoodie at the end of the school year, so I'm on the hunt for a new one. I love this basic one from Old Navy, but $30!?! Find me a more affordable option please, ladies!

Sunglasses



I wear glasses, but when I'm driving, I have to have sunglasses on. Y'all- I was on the aviator band wagon forever but I hate the way I look when I see myself in pictures wearing them because they are way too huge for my face. Since I have a round face, I need more rectangular frames, and I am so happy that I found these surfer glasses at Target. I had my eye on them at the beginning of the summer and then finally pulled the trigger last week and love them!

Sunscreen



We're definitely going to need sunscreen when we start visiting the sites of St. Louis, but I think it is important to remember to put it on in the car, too. If you're the main driver in your family, your left side is very susceptible to skin damage, and if you're the passenger most of the time, then your right side is in danger. I'm going to be both this trip, so I'm either covering up or slathering on my favorite sunscreen from Hawaiian Tropic.

Lip balm



Piggybacking off of sunscreen, I always have lip balm in my bag. If you're not using one with sunscreen in it, please start! Trip's favorite is the Carmex Cherry Clickstick - just make sure to not leave it in the car on 90+ degree days!

Audiobooks


I love non-fiction, and I have so much respect for our military. My friend recommended that I read Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. Basically, the author is described as a humorous science writer and the book examines the ins and outs of the military- the food they eat, the fabrics used to make uniforms, etc. Robert and I are hoping to borrow the audiobook from the library to listen to together, and if you're into non-fiction, then I'll let you know what I think in the next few weeks.

Books



Summer and Christmas break are the only times that I can sit around and read all day, but I usually only get two books in each year. I'm happy to announce that I've actually taken care of 3 so far! (Most of you are rolling your eyes right now because you read 3+ a month! I promise- I'm working on it!) I picked up Colleen Hoover's It Ends With Us for my upcoming trip, and then I packed Lauren Graham's Talking As Fast As I Can in the rare chance I can read 2 books at once or that I need one for the ride home. What have you read lately that I should put a hold on at the library?

Magazines



I got so far behind in my magazine reading this school year and then did an awesome job catching up once summer started. BUT, I had to save some issues to read in the car, so I have quite a few stocked up to take with me. My favorites are Food Network, Redbook, Woman's Day, and In Style. I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for outfit ideas to wear to school this year!

Podcasts



So Robert is more of the podcast listener in our house, but I have been trying a few out. I'm open to just about anything- I've listened to topics ranging from Disney World to being more efficient in life. Katie at Cup of Tea recently wrote about her love for podcasts. What do you like to listen to?

Pandora



Thankfully I have Bluetooth in my car, so it's easy to connect my phone to the radio to play tunes consistently instead of having to deal with finding a new radio station every couple of towns. When we're not listening to an audiobook, you can bet I've got Pandora on! My current favorite stations are 60s, 70s, and 80s Hits Radio, Today's Adult Hits Radio, Queen Radio, Aerosmith Radio, 90s Pop Radio, 90s Summer Classics, Katy Perry Radio, and Disney Radio.

Blankets & stuffed animals



Of course the kids are allowed to pack a backpack of toys, games, and coloring supplies, but a stuffed friend and a cozy blanket will hopefully help make the drive a little more bearable. 

Travel binder



I told you last week that I can be a Pinterest mom when I want to be, and with the kids out of town this past week, I worked on travel binders for the trip. Cara at The First Grade Parade did an Instastory about putting binders together for her road trip, so I got to searching on Pinterest. Jen at The Suburban Mom has awesome resources to print out for the binders including license plate spotting and restaurant bingo! I also did Google searches on coloring pages for Lego Nexo Knights for Trip and The Descendants for Ari. I'm also going to add in some puzzles and state pages for the kids to keep them occupied.

Movies & Netflix



We have a tablet that is basically only used for traveling, and before a trip out of town, Robert has the kids pick a few movies and shows to download. Apparently, you just have to have the Netflix app on your tablet and then find the show you want in your account and if it is available for download, press the download arrow on the bottom right. I assure you my kids won't be watching 14 hours of movies, but having a couple of options is nice to have. Who knows? Maybe mom will pick a show or two to bring this trip!

Headphones



The kids usually watch a movie together on the tablet but when they want separate game time or if Robert and I want to listen to an audiobook, headphones are a necessity for each family member. I'm bringing my MPOW headphones in case I need them in the car, but I'm also hoping to get a run or two in to keep off some of my vacation weight gain away.

Leap Pad 



Our Leap Pad is probably almost 6 years old by this point, but what a great investment it has been! Trip is too old for it now, but it definitely still entertains Ari. Oh, who am I kidding? He sits down with her and still tries to get a turn or two in! We collected quite a few games over the years, and if your kids are still young, check your Target Cartwheel app for deals. I also found a lot of games on clearance. If you're already thinking about Christmas, this is a gift that will be used for years to come!

Cooler



To avoid paying for overpriced gas station snacks or getting stuck in long fast food lines, we are planning to pack a small cooler to keep drinks cold and bring fruits, cheeses, sandwich meat, and my overnight oats.

Tumbler


We absolutely love our Ozark Trail tumblers from Walmart! We plan to bring them iced up to add water bottles to throughout the day. Don't splurge on a Yeti- save some cash and get a great product for a better price!

Snacks & drinks



When I was a kid, I ate junk food from the gas stations and nuggets and fries from the drive thru during most family road trips. That strategy is going to A) cost me too much money and B) make me uncomfortable for such a long trip. I'm planning to portion out snacks for everyone and keeping them up front so that the kids don't eat everything in the first hour. Robert and the kids love trail mixes, peanuts, pecans, and beef jerky. We all love granola bars, Boom Chicka Pop, pretzels, graham crackers, etc. 

Wipes



When the chocolate chips in the granola bar start melting or the juice box explodes, wipes are definitely needed. I picked up a pack of Huggies travel wipes to keep on hand for any spills or stickiness that could occur.

Hand sanitizer



Maybe it's the teacher in me, but I practically bathe in hand sanitizer after touching anything out in public. While I'm usually pro-Target for everything, I'm a die-hard Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer fan. I stocked up on a bunch of scents last year and am so sad that I can't find my favorite scents in store any more - Japanese Cherry Blossom and Sparkling Limoncello. Are there any new scents that I need to try since my stock is almost out?

Phone chargers



With two adults comes two cell phones that will need charging. Instead of fighting over the charger, we have an Aukey car charger that allows us to both charge at the same time. We'll also pack our fast wall chargers to have when we're at my aunt's house. 

Battery charger



My old school's PTA gave all of the teachers portable chargers one year as a gift, and it gets used all of the time! We won't be needing this in the car, but it definitely is getting packed to have on hand when we're out and about at the parks and museums all day. 


We're hoping to have a fun, painless, and incident free trip! Please tell me what I'm missing to keep everyone happy on a road trip-  I still have some time to get things prepped, so steer me in the right direction!

Thanks for joining us today! Next month, we're sharing all about how we prep for a new school year. Have a great day, and I'll see you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites!


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24 comments:

  1. I love those sunglasses on you! I agree about the chargers. I can burn through some battery life getting directions and taking videos.

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    1. Thanks, Tara! Sometimes I wish it was the 1990s instead of the 2000s so we didn't have to deal with the hassle of cell phones!

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  2. I am laughing because the wipes made your list too- just commented on Tara's post- I can't believe I forgot to mention them in my post- I use them for EVERYTHING and I will never stop buying them! :)

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    1. I know! I luckily had them in my car already and needed them yesterday!

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  3. What a great post, lots of good info!! Although, I would have to add Minnesota to your list, haha!! ;)

    I LOVE those binders, so fun!

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    1. I'm just not a lake girl! I need to go find my hole punch in my school boxes and finish up those binders ASAP before the kids get home!

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  4. The tumbler, cooler and road trip games are great ideas! I loved finding license plates from all of the states when we went on road trips as a kid. I would love love to go to Oregon to watch the Olympic trials

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    1. I highly doubt the Olympics will ever be hosted here in Houston, and sitting outside in an Oregon summer seems a lot more pleasant than a Texas track meet! I need to print off a punch buggy chart, too!

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  5. You always have the BEST tips and have truly thought of everything!! I always carried wipes when the boys were little and haven't stopped, I even use them at work!! Snacks are a must for any trip. :-)

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    1. We went to Target to pick out some trip snacks today! Can't wait!

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  6. You are one prepared little mama!!! I remember when we use to road trip and I'd try to do so many of those same things. Every time you say your face is round I just don't see it as round.😊 It's funny how we see ourselves. The kids are going to love those binders. Great job thinking ahead!!!

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    1. Well thank you! Blame Mrs. Terracina in 6th grade for telling me I needed to draw my self portrait with a much rounder face since my drawing wasn't accurate! The steroids don't help make things any easier, too. I never buy food at TJ Maxx, but I found sparkly Jelly Bellies today that I'm going to surprise the kids with in their snack bags. Here's hoping that keeps everyone happy for a while!

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  7. You hope you like It Ends With Us as much as I did! We're taking Alise back to Disney and trying Universal next summer for her 23th birthday! Great post!

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    1. Well, now I'm a little nervous because I saw some comments about the book being super raunchy and violent which I don't feel like any bloggers have mentioned when they review it. We shall see! The boys are going to do a day at Universal, and Ari and I are going to do an extra day at Magic Kingdom since she won't be tall enough for most of the Universal Rides. The boys love Harry Potter!

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  8. I always carry hand sanitizer with me and now both my kiddos do the same. I also love keeping a little tub of Wet-One's in my car door. You seriously thought of so much and have such great tips. We travel the same with the cooler. My kids love stopping for picnics.

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    1. My kids want their own clip on sanitizers from Bath and Body Works, but Robert told them no! I think I may sneak off and buy them for them anyway!

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  9. You have a great list! Taking a cooler with your own drinks and snacks is such a good idea. We do this and love it. Also, when our kids were little we started carrying a roll of paper towels and a couple of plastic bags in the car for long road trips... you just never know when someone is going to get car sick, and you hate to be in the middle of nowhere with nothing for cleanup. I'm hoping you guys don't need that tip though. :)

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    1. YES! This is a great idea- I got sick on a trip home from St. Louis as a kid and spent the entire 14 hours sick- definitely great advice, Jenny! Thank you!

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  10. I love the idea of an American history road trip! How fun!! I would love to do this with our family eventually as well!

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    1. We are hoping to do Civil War sites for Robert, DC museums for the kids, and then visit Williamsburg for me! Can't wait!

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  11. Sounds like you have all the roadtrip essentials covered! I never think about sunscreen in the car but that is such a good tip. And trail mix...damn the trail mix. I bought that for my little trip last week with Dillon and I ate SOOO much! I love that stuff. I'm new to podcasts..I listened to several that I loved from Katie's post but the self help kind of podcasts were stressing me out because I really had to focus. Dillon & I started Up and Vanished when we were in Dallas and we are so hooked! Now that I got some wireless headphones I'm a podcast junkie for sure.

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    1. Awesome- totally going to look into that podcast! We went to Target today to get snacks, and I'm pretty sure white fudge ding dongs and a 2 pound bag of jerky made it into my cart without my knowledge!

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  12. You have a great list of must haves :) We subscribed to audible for the summer. I like it! At first, I thought it was a rip off since you pay $14.99 but you get two book credits per month so it more than pays for it IF you read 2 books! We also love podcasts - young house love is a fun one! We download a bunch before we head out! xoxo ERIN

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    1. I'm totally going to check into the podcast! We have a pretty great library here, so I have yet to commit to Audible since I've been able to rent so many books for free. I wish I could pay for it with Amazon cards from my students- then I'd be sold!

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