Christmas Road Trip Without the Stress – Blogmas day 22

Blogmas day 22, three days until Christmas! We’re getting ready to leave for my in-law’s place and it’s time to make a list. My Christmas road trip packing list.

I remember when I was a kid and mom, dad and I would go to my grandparent’s place every Christmas. We’d pile ourselves and belongings into the car and make the three-hour drive. Fast forward a bunch of years and now the hubby and I are about to do the same with our little guy. However, this will be a six-hour drive.

The last time we took a family road trip, I didn’t feel very prepared so this time, I’m getting the list on the go early. Lists are the best. I don’t know how people do without them.

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So far, the forecast calls for fair weather. Minimal snow, and some rain. That’s all fine and dandy because last week I got an oil change for big blue. Consider it her one year present from me to her. Also, I had our tires checked, and according to the mechanic, “they’re beautiful and winter ready”. Thank goodness because we’re about to do all of the driving.

Being a parent now, I now know why mom would be so flustered leading up to a road trip. Because she had to do the packing. It was easy when I was a kid, just get in the car and go. Somehow, she never forgot anything. Probably thanks to the lists. Now that I’m a mom, my husband and I have the responsibility of making sure we won’t forget anything. And by we, I mean me because Geoff always asks if I packed this of this or that of his. Some things never change. No fail, every trip, he says he’ll pack his stuff, and then once he does. He forgets things. It’s just easier for me to do it, I really don’t mind. Plus it means we don’t have to go shopping when we get to our destination to get the things he forgot. Money saved.

Since this road trip is on a holiday, I feel like there’s a little extra stress. Because that’s what the holiday’s do. They sprinkle stress on everything. But fear not. We will get to the lists, I promise. Yes, there are multiple.

A week or two out:

  • Bring your car in for an oil change if needed
  • Have your tires checked
  • If it’s a long road trip ask for them to check it over to know you’re good to go
  • Travel insurance if needed

One week out:

  • Start planning how many outfits you will need per person
  • Check the forecast
  • If needed, plan your route
  • Confirm any travel arrangements on the other end
  • Need a house-sitter, find one
  • Tell your bank your holiday plans, then you won’t have your card cut off if you are going far

Three days out:

  • Start packing
  • Double check the forecast
  • Make your list of last-minute purchases like snacks and toiletries
  • Locate health cards and passports

Day before:

  • Pack everything you can into the car
  • Get snacks and drinks ready to grab and go
  • Check the forecast again
  • Set alarms so you don’t sleep in
  • Charge phones, iPads, etc
  • Gas up the car
  • Kick your feet up and have a glass of wine

The day of:

  • Don’t panic, stick to your lists
  • Pack toiletries
  • Put last minute items in the car such as bags, phone chargers, snacks and drinks
  • Pop an extra bottle of wine in the car for your end destination

My other tips:

  • Make a list of how many of each thing you need so you don’t overpack. In other words, if you’re going away for 4 days, you don’t need two weeks worth of underwear.
  • If you haven’t worn it lately, you won’t on vacation. Pack smart.
  • Bring dry shampoo, just do it.
  • Bring foods you like. Your favorite cereal, coffee, etc, it’ll make you feel more at home.

Do you have any holiday travel tips? Share below in the comments!

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How to Road Trip the No Stress Way - Blogmas Day 22

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