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Here are 5 tips that I find useful on the many long-distance car trips that I have taken with my family and included an update from a recent trip on Easter weekend!
- Keep All Refreshments & Snacks in 1 place within EASY reach – This 1st one is key and it’s the 1 thing that I do EVERY time we travel in the car. Get a BIG tote bag to keep all your snacks and refreshments for the trip in one place – you can also keep your favorite snacks and drinks for during your stay. During the car trip, I keep the tote in the back seat or in the middle on the floor, that way it is not difficult to reach back and grab what you need. This leads me to…
- Shop for Refreshments & Snacks a day ahead of time – It is important to do your shopping for your refreshments and snacks on a separate day ahead of time so that you can focus solely on traveling the day of your trip. This way, you can get enough to eat and drink and if you forget something for the trip, you should have time to run out and get it before the day you leave. Deciding on what you will eat before the trip also cuts down on money spent on the road which can really add up and desperate food choices along the way 🙂
Above is where you can find Glaceau vitaminwater Zero (20-pack 20oz) at Sam’s Club; I like that it comes in one big pack. While I was there I stocked up on some other household items that I don’t like to run out of and stopped by their bakery section to get some goodies to eat for the car ride home 🙂 At Sam’s Club, you can get $3.50 off Glaceau vitaminwater Zero (20-pack 20oz) during 4/1/16-4/30/16, in store only and no coupon required!
- Plan Where and When your Stops will be – If you have a long-distance car trip that is going to be longer than an hour, chances are nature is going to call at some point and it is a good idea for everyone to stretch their body. Getting out of the car to walk around is important and can save you back trouble later, believe me, I know this from experience!
- Get gas for your car the day before – Stopping to get gas right after you head out can add 15-20 minutes onto your trip, shaving off precious minutes where ever possible can really cut down the time and make the trip go more smoothly.
- Stay Hydrated! – It’s really important to stay hydrated during a long-distance car trip because it keeps you awake and alert – 2 things which are very important when doing any interstate or highway driving for any period of time. I think it’s important to be hydrated before the drive, during and after because when you are traveling, it is something that is out of the ordinary, it can be stressful, unexpected things can happen and you want to be on your game during the experience. If you are feeling your best and staying hydrated then that is one less thing to worry about! Read on below to hear about and see some photos of a recent car trip my family took over Easter weekend.
Total Side Story…
If this is the first time you are on my blog, you should know that I am originally from New England not New Jersey. I started drinking vitaminwater years ago (this was even before vitaminwater ZERO came out, which BTW, is sweetened with stevia leaf extract, did you know that?) when I worked at a horse farm in Rye, NH for just under a year (at the time of this post, this would be about 8 years ago). I was in between architectural design jobs at the time and loved working with the horses everyday. That time really furthered me as an equestrian and I met so many great people during that time, friends that I stay in contact with to this day:) I was in the best shape of my life but it was physically demanding at times and to refresh myself after long days of mucking stalls and riding I would usually drink the XXX or squeezed lemonade flavors – my favorites 🙂 I am so grateful for that experience, it was a time of personal growth for me, taking time out of my design career to explore my personal interests, I only wish it had lasted longer than it did or that I allowed it to last longer than it did. If only I started blogging then! Fast forward, past the 9-5 career/jobs, marriage, retiring my horse(s), having a child <3, moving (ME, then MA again & finally NJ), I now drink have vitaminwater to rejuvenate when I am sick, as a-pick-me up during the day and definitely when I take a long-distance car trip when I go to visit my family, friend and home(land) of New England. 🙂
Easter 2016 Update
For Easter weekend, my husband, Eric, my daughter and I went to visit my side of the family in New Hampshire where my parents and my sister and her daughter’s live. This trip is 5 states away from our home state of New Jersey. I try to visit them every couple months so that my daughter can spend time with her cousins and have that close bond. I have included several posts here on the blog that capture that special time that we spend with them. I think it’s entirely possible and important to keep up with family who live far away; it just takes some planning an a commitment to regularly see each other.
Happy Easter everyone! Check out my #snapchat for the next 24 hours to see my Easter Day with my family, we had an amazing #brunch at the #Wentworthbythesea and did an Easter egg hunt there too! What a great day spent with family! ❤️????? my snapchat @lifeslilsweets #blog #blogger
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Above photos are posts from my Instagram feed. My Parents planned an Easter brunch for my family to attend together, it was a beautiful day and a fun memory. For those that follow my Snapchat, I took video of the entire day, you can follow @lifeslilsweets for future snaps!
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