Need Advice 1500 mile car ride in December with 3 boys 5 and under

Krystal - posted on 11/11/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Ok well I tried to make things work with my husband and they aren't. So I decided I am moving back to TN from my current state in ND. I am in college and I have 5 yr old twins in kindergarten and a 4 yr old son. I have to wait to leave til my semester is done. I should be done with my final exams on Wednesday Dec 14th and am planning on leaving the next morning. Luckily one of my friends will drive down with us and just fly back to ND. I am planning on splitting the trip into 3 days. Since this trip is 1500 miles long and estimated without kids or stopping at 24 hrs long. Is it reasonable to go 500 miles a day in the winter (probably much snow or blizzards) with 2 drivers and 3 boys? Does anyone have any tips on how to make it there safely and not insane? We are not taking a u-hual just whatever I can fit in the bed of the truck. But we will be driving in the truck with an extended cab so kids are literally right behind us and right next to each other ( my 4 yr old always hits or irritates my twins in little car rides I can only imagine a huge on like this) Any advice would be appreciated! Thank You!!

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Bonnie - posted on 09/22/2012

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I agree with the portable DVD player. My son used to do nothing but scream in the car after about the first hour. With the DVD player he stays quiet and content for as long and as many movies as we play! I got one with two screens that strap behind each of the front headrests but plays a single movie. Now both my boys stay happy/quiet for long car rides. On the down-side you have to listen to kids movies the whole time (maybe you could get them headsets.) It was one of the best $120 I ever spent. I thank myself every car trip we go on.

Rachel - posted on 09/11/2011

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just make sure they each have something to do. And portable dvd players are an amazing idea. The last long trip i did my son was 14 months old and it took us 45 hrs in a jeep with one disabled person who we had to keep stoping to readjust and my mother and step dad. It was very tight quarters. Maybe try to drive at night if they will sleep in the car. It may not work in the winter but it is a idea there are less people on the roads and the kids will be sleeping. Good luck and just take yur time driving.

Krista - posted on 09/11/2011

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All previous suggestions. Try a website, momsminivan.com. It has lots of activities to keep kids busy. From license plate games to taking pipe cleaners to make things with, to many other things, it's a great site. good luck with everything.

Jacquelyn - posted on 12/14/2010

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Well it's a good thing that you will have someone helping you out. Lots of toys and snacks on hand would help alone with music you can either sing with them or listen to. With long trips we always had a good time because I was the one distracting them. I wish you lots of luck and I hope everything gets better for you. Update us when you can since today is the day your packing.

Tina - posted on 11/29/2010

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a portable dvd player!! and ear phones!!! possibly driving at night time they may sleep?

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