Preparing Your Kids For A Long Summer Road Trip

May 24, 2019, 6:43 PM | Updated: 6:45 pm

LEHI, Utah – Thousands of Utahns are taking their kids on a road trip over the Memorial Day weekend, and that could mean thousands of kids saying, “Are we there yet?”

Jessica Sanders makes the ten-hour drive to Southern California at least monthly, sometimes more. She needs to, in order to keep the readers of her blog, “The Happiest Blog on Earth” apprised of the latest happenings at Disneyland. And, she often takes her kids. So, we asked her what she does to prepare her kids for a long road trip to anywhere.

“When I’m setting up the car for the kids, I like to have it done the night before so everything is ready to roll in the morning,” Sanders started. “One of the most important things I have is a snack bag. I put in one different snack for every hour of our road trip. That way, they can decide what tastes best for them, what they want to eat, when they want to eat it. Less for me to do as a driver, or a passenger up front.”

Jessica Sanders, the writer behind “The Happiest Blog on Earth,” explains how she gets her kids ready for the 10-hour trek to Disneyland

Jessica Sanders, the writer behind “The Happiest Blog on Earth,” explains how she gets her kids ready for the 10-hour trek to Disneyland

Sanders typically packs beach towels, they’re always useful in Southern California. Pillows are useful anywhere.

“I put in little travel pillows, so they can be comfortable on the ride. We’ve also got their insulated water bottles so they can keep their drinks cool.”

Her kids take a small library with them: from activity books like “Where’s Waldo” to plenty of materials from an actual library. Those materials, she said, always stay in the car so they are not accidently left behind at the hotel.

“And, then of course, bring their tablets fully charged with extra chargers and batteries and earbuds for little ears so that everything is smooth and quiet as we drive,” Sanders added. “Sunglasses are also a great accessory for when the sun is beating down during your drive.’

Extra snacks and drinks are stashed under the front seats, but Sanders also stows them in compartments beneath the cargo area, out of her kids’ reach.

Sanders packs a snack bag for her kids, one snack for every hour of the road trip. Activity books, library books and fully-charged tablets and extra cables are also included. Extra snacks and drinks are stowed away beneath the cargo area, out of her kids’ reach. Sanders includes a beach towel and a small travel pillow for her kids’ comfort.

“I don’t want the kids to have access to these all the time, because they’ll be gone before we even make our way back.”

And because kids will be kids, Sanders said disinfectant wipes should be a must.

Other tips from Sanders include: Making sure you have jumper cables and a first aid kit. Always take paper maps because there is not cell service everywhere and because navigation systems can still misdirect you. And for the kids, never take crayons. They melt.

And, if Disneyland is your destination, Sanders warned against driving to there on a Sunday. If you do, you will likely get caught up in the crawling traffic of Southern Californians returning home from their Vegas weekends.

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Preparing Your Kids For A Long Summer Road Trip