And I wanna share with you our absolute favorite road trip must haves. Because that’s a hecka lot of driving and we learned a thing or two to make it a good experience! (if you want to read all about WHY we made this road trip to move from Florida to Washington click HERE)
Road Trip Must Haves:
Libby App and Audio Books: To be honest, I’m not an Audible fan, I think it’s super expensive for the service you get. I prefer the Libby App. It connects with your library card so you can download tons of ebooks AND audiobooks for FREE. This was the biggest thing we did to make the actual drive pleasant. We really loved the Sisters Grimm series, it was fabulous and we finished 4 or 5 of the books in the series on our drive!
Car Diffuser: This diffuser was also such a great tool to keep everyone in a decent mood on the long road trip. We put in Citrus Bliss blend and it kept the car smelling amazing and everyone’s spirits bright. It would have been amazing if we had come across any illness as well, to help with motion sickness, runny noses, or anything like that along the way. What I loved about this particular one is that it fit really easily in the car cup holder, and it had two different power cords, so I could plug it in to the car AND bring it into the hotel. Which was really great to help everyone sleep and to freshen the air when we ended up having to stay at a not so nice hotel one night!
Bin of Activities for the Kids: I stocked a bin with coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, and some car games (like this, this, and this). Honestly though, the kids were so enthralled with the audio books, this stuff didn’t get used too much. But we had it all if they wanted it.
Yoga Mat: You guys, I cannot tell you how much I loved being able to comfortably do yoga at night in the hotel rooms. My neck, shoulders, and upper back were BEYOND stiff from all the driving. Best travel item ever.
Bin of snacks: Pre-make your snacks people! Before the trip I sliced a ton of apples and washed several bunches of grapes and bagged them all up in snack baggies. I also had granola bars, cheese sticks, raisins, crackers, and a few little treats like organic gummies and cookies, all bagged up and ready to pass around. This was really helpful in keeping the kids happy on the drive, and cut down on the number of breaks we had to take on the drive, meaning we could make more miles each day.
Aroma Touch: I kept this up in the front seat with me and rubbed a few drops into my neck and shoulders when we filled up the gas tank or stopped at a rest stop. It helped SO much to soothe and relax my stiff muscles.
Citrus Bliss: Kept the car smelling good and moods up – neither of which can go under estimated when you’re driving for 7-9 hours a day for 6 days!
Serenity: This was the best for diffusing in our hotel rooms at night to help us sleep deeply. We really needed GOOD sleep every night to pull through all the miles we needed each day.
Balance: Keeping stress managed is an absolute MUST on a drive like this. Balance was my go to for this. A drop on my feet each morning and night, and on the back of my neck through out the day as needed.
DigestZen: We ate as well as possible on this drive, but the trip was still tough on my digestive system. I used digestzen to help ease GI upset, and my kids used it for motion sickness. (I also used my digestive enzymes and probiotics which were an absolute life saver for my gut on this trip).
OnGuard Handsanitizer: Keeping all the germs at bay was essential for me. We did NOT need anyone getting ill on this drive. So the handsanitizer was perfect to have on hand when rest stop bathrooms had run out of soap, or when we had to eat on the side of the road (thanks a lot Colorado for not having rest stops…). Not to mention spraying down anything gross in hotels like doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls.
OnGuard Beadlets: I did my best to have everyone take one of these before bed each night. Just a tiny dose of OnGuard to keep their immune systems strong. Seemed to work! Praise!
There you have it. My road trip must haves! Road trips can be a mixed bag, am I right? So I hope these things help make your summer road trips a lot more enjoyable!