- If I am going on a long trip, I start with making sure everything possible is packed in the van the night before. I lay out the clothes they will be wearing, and have a checklist of the last minute things for the morning, for example, special blankets, noise makers, drinks, bottles. Everything else possible, is packed in the vehicle.
- Make sure that you put stuff in bags, not scattered and thrown in by itself. You will have a much easier time when it comes to unloading.
- Minimize: Pack Lightly!!
- What’s in the car? Keep a bag easily accessible with a change of clothes for each child, and several plastic bags. I have had one of them throw-up or have a bowel movement within moments of leaving the driveway. Being prepared helps the anxiety level.
- Prepare your mind. You plan as much as you can, but do not allow yourself to get stressed out when your expectations are not met. That is a horrible way to leave your spouse and an awful way to start your trip.
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