I set a few parameters for myself when I started this blog: no mommy posts; no recipe posts; no clever tips and helpful hints. Since I’ve already violated the first two, let’s just go ahead and throw out that third restriction as well!
For the first time in my life, I just completed a two-day trek across several states, moving my family and most of our worldly possessions several hundred miles. I know this hardly makes me an expert, but I would like to offer three helpful suggestions.
1. Get a good pair of walkie-talkies. This is an absolute necessity if your family is traveling in more than one vehicle.
This is something like what my husband drove:
This is something like what I drove:
This is what my husband is used to driving each day:
Walkie-talkies are particularly important if, hypothetically speaking, the frisky clydesdayle gallops onto the highway and leaves the sleepy tortoise stranded at a red light. Do your marriage a favor and get some walkie-talkies.
2. Listen to your kids. When your almost-three-year-old requests a bathroom stop, don’t tell them, “hold on, sweet-pea, it’s just thirty more miles to Memphis.” Even if they have proven to possess an iron-clad bladder in the past. Find a rest-stop. Pull over to the side of the freeway. Hand them an empty water bottle. But, please, listen to your kids.
3. Pack more than two outfits per person for a two-day trip. (Please see tip number 2.)
There you have it! Just remember these three things and you too can successfully move your entire family from one side of the country to the other!