Hi! I’m Laura from Peace but Not Quiet. Summer’s coming and my thoughts are turning to travelling the open road. In a van with four kids, one husband, and possibly a dog. In fact, as you read this, I’m already on a road trip. So I’ll pause while you offer up a brief but heartfelt prayer for my sanity. Thank you.
Since we live about 1100 miles from our family, we’ve done quite a few of these trips over the years. The biggest piece of advice I’d give anyone headed on a long trip is simply this: your vacation doesn’t start when you get there. It starts when you leave your driveway. Have fun on the way! Enjoy the ride. And give up the notion of five minute bathroom breaks until your kids are in high school. Every stop takes at least half an hour. At least.
One summer, we began a Road Trip Notebook to help us remember some of the places we’ve been. Ours is woefully un-crafty — just a plain binder with some plastic sleeves to put brochures and maps in. We also have some paper and colored pencils for drawing things we see along the way. It was fun to look over the binder at the end of the summer and see what we’d done, and we add to it every year.
My daughter started a journal recently as well — one sheet of paper that can be added to the binder each day of the trip. I like the idea because she’s not only keeping track of memories, she’s practicing her writing skills while she’s not in school.
I included the pages here in case you’d like to start your own book: Road Trip Journal — kinda boyish and
Road Trip Journal — kinda girly. You could have a notebook for each kid or one large family notebook to add to on each trip.