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We had our first family road trip this summer! We’ve been on vacation before, but those trips were prior to our youngest being born, and we either flew or went somewhere relatively close to home. This trip was going to involve a lot of driving. We planned to drive from Delaware to Rhode Island, then to Maine and Massachusetts before heading back home. When we mapped it out it, we figured we’d be driving around 1500 miles in a week!
With two kids and an older car, I was a little worried about how both the kids AND the car would hold up on this kind of trip. No one ever wants to encounter problems on a long drive, but, even more so when there are kids involved! It was time to get everything prepared and ready to go!
My first stop was to Walmart’s Automotive Care Center. My car is older (over 10 years!) with a lot of miles on it but in overall pretty decent shape! It was recommended to me to use Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® oil. They told me it would help clean out the sludge and keep my car running problem-free for a lot longer! Perfect! Even better that the service is on Rollback right now from $39.88 to only $35.88 (until September 28)! Every penny saved was more we’d be able to spend on vacation.
I have to say, I really like that Walmart offers services like this. It’s so much better to get my grocery shopping done while my car is being serviced, rather than sitting in a small, cramped waiting room, in an uncomfortable chair with nothing but a few outdated magazines to look through. I picked up some needed groceries and all the snacks my family was going to need for our trip. By the time I was done shopping, my car was ready to go too!
Now that my car was taken care of I could focus on figuring out how I was going to keep both an 8-year-old and a 1-year-old entertained through all that driving!
I was most concerned about keeping my oldest, Jaxon, happy. I figured he’d bring his tablet, so we downloaded a few movies and games he would be able to play without an internet connection. But, I wanted to get away from electronics a bit too, so I made Road Trip Activity Books. The first one was for when we were traveling to our destinations and I titled it “All Things Travel” and filled it with search and finds, connect the dots, I-spy, Tic Tac Toe, and Hangman games! The second book for travel back home had a Christmas in July theme and all the activities in that book were Christmas related. I was easily able to find all the activity sheets for free online. I made the title sheets myself using PicMonkey online (also free!). I secured each booklet into a report cover and put them in his travel bag along with pencils, crayons, his tablet, a blanket, and his snacks!
For the baby, I pretty much just stocked up on shelf stable milk and snacks! He loves cereal, puffs, and cheese at the moment! I packed a few of his favorite toys, and just crossed my fingers he’d sleep during most of the drive and be content with what we brought during the time he would be awake.
We packed up our things, and we’re on our way, worry free! The trip went smoothly. We didn’t have a single issue with the car and the kids were happy and content the entire ride! We fell in love with the New England area and are all ready to move there now!
If you’re hitting the road this summer, I would definitely check out Walmart’s Automotive Care Center and Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle oil (if your car has over 75,000 miles like mine does!) before you leave! The technicians were friendly and professional, and my car was well taken care of!
Drive safe and have a great time!