We’re going to be traveling soon, and I’m at the point where I start making a list for every member of the family so that I don’t forget anything when we’re packing. This happens to coincide with Darren Rowse‘s current Group Writing Project. Here’s my list:
1-Sanity. Definitely going to need this while traveling with 3 kids in the car for, at minimum, 9 hours (each way). Now, I don’t think I have enough of my own in my stash to make it through the whole trip. I’ll have to “borrow” some from others. They won’t miss it. And, even if they do, they won’t need it as much as me.
2-Former nanny. One of my very best friends is going with us. I love her completely in her own right. She’s one of the most wonderful people I know. In addition to just being awesome, she is also a former nanny. And not one of those former nannies that was mean and cruel and just in it for the big bucks. No. She actually LIKES kids. Crazy, I know. She’s one of those people that just has a knack for taking care of kids, and mine happen to adore her. And her presence on the trip puts us at a 1:1 ratio of kids to adults. Unbelievable. I’m looking forward to it! No more ganging up on mommy.
3-DVD player. We’re borrowing one. A great road trip tool, as long as you’re willing to sacrifice some of that aforementioned sanity when you’ve heard the same movie 3 times in a row. Whatever it takes to keep them from yelling and fighting. Gotta be able to bore the little ones to sleep, if nothing else. Oh, how I hope they’ll sleep!!!!!!
4-Bribing snacks. And this is where we usually go wrong. Because you need a stash of snacks to bribe them with when you’re traveling and they’re driving you crazy and you just need them to be quiet NOW, but what we usually have with us is something sugary. Yeah, sugary snacks don’t aid in the “calming” process. I’ll have to think on that one a bit more.
5-Flexibility. Because with kids, there’s just no telling what can happen. Seriously. You can try and plan and then everyone just laughs at you when you say, “Well, this is what we’d planned on doing…” Yeah, kids don’t care that much about plans. Neither do chicken pox. Be flexible.
Wish me luck.