We are leaving to head to Dallas, Texas, to visit family for a week. I am really trying to keep the packing simple and streamlined. I also am keeping in mind the amount of money that it costs when you drive 16 hours...fast-food, snacks, hotel, gas...it all adds up.
Since it seems that there will be a variety of weather while we are there, I made a list for each child that includes:
4 long-sleeved shirts
2 short-sleeved shirts
one pair of shoes
We will do laundry once or twice while we are there so I hope that each long-sleeved shirt will get worn twice.
I gave myself a few more options, but really only packed things that would mix and match well and layers.
In order to cut costs on food while traveling, I have packed three reusable grocery bags with snacks and the fixings for sandwiches. I also purchased four Lunchables for the kids...not healthy, but fun for them and cheaper than a Kids' Meal!
I also put together a bin filled with paper-products and a tablecloth...our goal is to use Rest Areas instead of gas stations/fast-food restaurants as stopping places. We can use the restroom, eat outside at a table, and have plenty of room for the kids to run and get out the energy! Since I use cloth-everything at home, I don't feel bad about using some disposable products to make our trip easier.
We don't ever drink soft drinks at home but like the occasional one when we are out and about and traveling. Instead of paying the crazy prices of fast-food/gas stations, we are bringing along a small cooler of ice and a two 2-liters. I got a great BOGO deal on Honest Kids Organic Juice boxes a few weeks ago and have those ready for the kids.
I hope that these small, intentional choices will help us use our time and money wisely and lend to healthier on-the-road dining experiences. I already feel better knowing that I am setting the tone for our travel and not allowing the restaurant chains to dictate our diet and our time and our budget.
And now I am off to find some fun travel games for kids and put together a fun travel bag for each of them!