Ok – so it’s not our first road trip ever. But it is our first road trip since we’ve been parents! And let me tell you – we really had no idea what to expect. We’ve heard stories that go all the way from “it was nothing” all the way to “our 30 minute drive took us 3 hours”. Yikes!
So our first trip – we decided that it should probably be somewhere reasonably close. Our closest family is Aunt Diane, Uncle Jessie, and cousins Anthony, Jessica, and Amber. It’s about a 3 1/2 hour drive (or at least it used to be) up into Kentucky…
We started by packing things up. We’ve learned from other folks. The biggest advice we got was “on our first road trip we packed everything but the kitchen sink – and we didn’t need 99% of it”. So we packed light. It was only a weekend trip after all. For Mike, it was a small bag with plenty of clothes, and overstuffed diaper bag (packing light is one thing – running out of diapers is another!), the Pak-N-Play to sleep in, bottles, and pumping supplies. For the dogs, it was beds, food, treats, and leashes. For mom and dad, it was simply clothes. And that was it! We nearly packed as much for the dogs as we did for Mike!
And Mike was a really good boy. He let us tie him into the car seat and drag him all over creation. And if you only knew how much he doesn’t like the car seat – you would be amazed! Not once did he get fussy until we were nearly back home. He was such a trooper!
So – how long did it take us to make the 3 1/2 hour drive? Believe it or not, it only took us 3 1/2 hours to get there and 3 1/2 hours to get back! And it was worth it all just to see little Mike and his cousin Amber (who is just a couple of months older) playing around! And now that we’ve had a successful trip – beware! We might be planning a world tour that includes a city near you!