Road Trip Hack: Pack A Surprise Pack

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When Duke was in preschool, we drove from CA to TX. That was our longest trip ever and I’m still not sure how we did it. I’m surprised that after that trip, I said I’d do it again. I would love to do a cross-country road trip to Florida or New York or Chicago or even up the coast to Oregon & Washington. But we tend to stay close to home in our travels, I’d say we have a two hour radius cause California. We don’t really have to travel far. You can be in the beach, city, desert and mountains in the same day. For the longest time, we did San Diego every year but the wanderlust is strong and earlier this year we finally traveled up to Northern California to see my papa. That was Omar’s longest trip and he did so good. My road trip hack: pack a surprise pack. Fill a paper bag (I went with a smaller brown bag) with small bags of Doritos or Cheetos, throw in a Capri Sun and add in a few small toys. That’s it! A few bucks will make your kid super happy. I give it to them about 30 minutes into the trip so they have something to do in the car. I’ve been doing this with all the kids since the now 18 year old was about 5 years old.

Oh my Duke! He thinks we’re just buying snacks at Albertsons for our road trip

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These two beg me to buy them Capri Sun every week! How can I say no to those faces?#roadtriphacks #albertsons

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I grabbed a few fun things from a party store. Silly glasses, eyepatches, temporary tattoos, water guns for their surprise pack!#roadtriphacks #albertsons

And surprise!!! #roadtriphacks #albertsons

Happy travel kids every time!#roadtriphacks #albertsons

Bonus road trip hack: talk to your kids before your trip. We go over the itinerary with the little ones a few days before we head out to leave room open for questions. It makes them feel much more comfortable when we finally do leave + makes for the best road trip ever!

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