This year Jordan, Flynn and I are packing up our car and driving from Connecticut to Nebraska for the holidays. This will be our first time driving back since we moved out here and it will be an experience. And we’re bringing Flynn along for the ride. The longest time that Flynn has spent in the car is about three hours and he got sick on the way… This trip all together will be around twenty hours. Gulp.
I plan by making sure I meet all of the needs of the people I travel with first. I have found that when everyone around me is comfortable and not complaining, then I’m comfortable and not stressing and I am very good at stressing. In order to keep Jordan and Flynn content on this trip, I created a list of things I will need to prepare. Let me know if you can think of anything that I should add!
1. Pack Flynn’s Bed
Flynn has trouble getting comfortable sometimes so I am planning on having on seat up and the other two down in order to fit his bed and all of our luggage. That way he can choose to sit at the window or fall asleep where he feels safe!
2. Pack chew toys that won’t make my seat gross
I am definitely going to have a bag of goodies for Flynn that have nothing to do with sticky, smelly bone getting stuck to my seats. We have hard plastic bones and toys that I will keep on hand for him.
3. Be ready to make stops every few hours
This will just make it easier on everyone. I hate sitting for hours on end and if we’re able to get out and stretch our legs every few hours, it should make it easier.
4. Bring enough food and water for both days, plus some
We will be driving during the winter, so you never know if the worst may happen. I like to be prepared and hope for the best. I’ll be packing a couple of coolers for Jordan and me full of sandwiches, fruits, veggies, and water. I’ll bring Flynn’s food and treats as well as extra water. I’m also planning on filling the waters when we get to rest stops, too.
5. Download audio books, music, and movies!
I have started putting together playlists for different moods throughout the trip. Audio books are a great way to pass the time and keep entertained. Same goes for movies. You have to be prepared with the essentials! 🙂
6. Pack extra blankets
Along the same vein as #4. It’s better to be prepared, gosh dang it!
7. Have a separate bag set aside for the night
Instead of hauling all of our luggage into the hotel when we stop for the night, I’m bringing a bag for us that just has what we’ll need for the night. That way we can find a hotel, check in, grab our bag, and we’re set!
I’m hoping this trip goes by smoothly and doesn’t actually feel like 20+ hours.
Do you have any suggestions before this two-day trip? I would love to hear them!
Until next post,