Year in Review: Highlights of 2018

2018 was an exciting, adventure filled year for my family. We started a bit early by purchasing a new 2018 Chevy Equinox, and to date-exactly 54 weeks later- we have over 26,000 miles on the odometer. We’ve been as far west as Texas, as far south as Florida, and as far north as Maine. We’re explored over a dozen states, over twenty National Parks Service locations, over two dozen museums, two baseball parks (that brings our total count to 24 out of the 30 MLB parks), and created countless memories.

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Staying Healthy and Happy While Traveling with Kids

We just returned from a major road trip, a trip I've been planning for the past twelve months. Some of my friends give me a (loving) hard time about planning every minute, right down to when I'll do laundry and when I'll "relax." It's true that I like to be prepared- to "expect the unexpected"- and that's because I've learned from my mistakes. Over the years, I've learned what works to keep my family healthy and happy while traveling. Here are eight rules I follow while traveling with my family:

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Packing a Suitcase

You’ll hear me say it often on this site: Be prepared. I truly believe you can never be too prepared, or plan too much. And while it’s been a personal resolution (since, about, oh... 2002) to try and be spontaneous, I have a lot of evidence to support planning ahead of a trip.

I’ve written about how to pack the car, but if you’ll allow me to micromanage you just a little bit more, I’ve got a few suggestions on how – and what – to pack in a suitcase when traveling with the kids.

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How to Pack the Car

The days of spontaneously hopping in a car and hitting the road ended when our daughter was born. After that point, even a simple trip to the grocery store required careful planning and a car full of “just in case” items.  Nowadays, we can pare down some of the items necessary (yay, no more lugging the Pack N’ Play!) , but packing the car still requires a lot of care and thought. The Boy Scouts had it right: Be Prepared.  Being prepared pays off in many respects. I recently wrote about items I take on a trip for CTinStyle, one of my favorite blogs, here but I thought I would update some of my suggestions.

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Before You Go

Whether you're planning your first vacation or are an experienced adventurer, traveling with children can be a challenge. Without proper planning and preparation, even a local weekend getaway can quickly take a turn for the worse. In all of my experience planning and embarking on driving vacations with my family throughout the United States, I have found that these simple guidelines can make a huge difference, and will lead to an exciting, stress-free vacation that creates lasting memories, and strengthens family bonds. So before you go, run through this list to make the most out of your trip.

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