We kicked off the long weekend season (late Spring/Summer in Canada) with a road trip to an Ottawa suburb. Rick was away in Los Angeles for work (interviewing stars like Jeffrey Rush and Chris Pine) so I was in charge of packing up the luggage, car and kids all on my lonesome (did I mention that we’re also trying to sell our home so I had to leave it in open-house condition?).
I traveled four hours with a 12-year-old, three-year-old and one-year-old in the back of our manatee (minivan).
Was I nervous for the journey? Sort of. But as a seasoned parent, I knew I’d pull it off.
Here’s what made it the grand success that it was:
(1) Car was stocked with fun activities and snacks
(2) I broke up the trip with some fun pit stops (like Jungle Cat World, but even the service station will do — it’s new and different to kids)
(3) Screens. A lot of people tell us that they do a lot of their travel without technology, which is amazing, but it can honestly help in a big way. Load up on educational apps, games and activities if you’re not fond of shows/movies
(4) Gassed up the day before departure
(5) Packed up the car the night before departure so I only had to focus on the kids
(6) We left first thing in the morning and got breakfast on the road. Eating McDonald’s breakfast in the car helped occupy a lot of their time and kicked things off on a high note for the kids.
How did you spend your long weekend?