How to prepare for road trips with the kids

If you have kids you know that even a short drive to the store can quickly turn into a nightmare so just imagine what a road trip could be like. If you are getting ready to pack the kids up for a family vacation and are driving to your destination there are a few things you can do to prepare for the upcoming road trip. Who knows these tips could even make a long road trip fun for you and the kids.

 

 

Prepare

 

Remember when you were younger and single, a road trip could be easily planned in an hour. Know that you have kids this isn’t possible, unless you actually enjoy being stuck in a car for hours at a time with miserable children. I’ve learned that it actually takes me a week to pack before a road trip and chances are I still forgot something, but it is usually pretty minor and we can happily survive the trip without it.

 

 

Checklists

 

4Don’t laugh, a checklist can actually be your best friend when you packing for more than one person. Simple items like socks or even underwear can be easily forgotten when you are stressed and in a hurry. I like to create a list for each person in my family, and I even have a general one where I keep track of games, toys and snacks so everyone can stay happily organized in the car. You can even keep a checklist of the maintenance needed on your vehicle so you really are prepared for your upcoming trip.

 

 

Snacks

 

6Trust me when I say one of the most important things you will want to prepare for any road trip with kids are drinks and snacks. You also want to make sure that you pack enough for the adults. Bottled water is always a great choice, along with juice boxes. Filling a thermos with hot coffee will help you stay alert when driving, and it is definitely less expensive and time consuming than standing in a long line. When it comes to the snacks remember that kids will be eating in the vehicle so you don’t want to pack anything too messy. It should also be easy for smaller kids to eat by themselves since you probably won’t be sitting next to them. Fruit, sliced veggies and crackers are all great snacks to bring on a trip.

 

 

Emergencies

 

5With kids an emergency will always happen and it is easy to be prepared. An emergency first aid kit should be one of the first things you pack in the car, and you will want to make sure that you can easily reach it in a hurry. Extra diapers if applicable are also a must, along with extra wipes, paper towels and I always bring small bags so I can keep the trash relatively contained.

 

 

Another tip that I’ve learned is to always make sure that your devices are fully charged before you leave on your trip.

Fishing in Colorado

These days we are mostly in a hurry. Unfortunately, other occupations take most of our time and leave less space for us to leave the horrendous urban environment. Even so, busy and stressed, we managed to make some time for a new fishing trip. We’re planning a getaway in one of Colorado’s most popular fishing places. As the options are numerous, we’re having a hard time deciding on the specific spot we are going to visit, but also on the gear that we need to take with us. For starters, as my little kids don’t deal well with intensive heat, we’re searching for some heat protective gear for them and a pair of new waders for me. If we went on a trip including various activities, I wouldn’t be thinking about buying a new pair or even about packing my old ones, but as this trip is solely intended for fishing purposes, I think their addition to our baggage is an absolute must.

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For the moment, I’m having a hard time choosing the right material and design for me, but it will all sort itself out once I have a little time to inquire into the matter. Right now we have more pressing matters like deciding what fishing area in Colorado we should visit, so that we can start researching the main species we can fish for there and, thus, decide on the type of gear we are taking with us. As many species of trout are to be found in the Colorado River or South Platte River, I’m seriously thinking to invest in some quality fly dog2fishing equipment maybe 1 or 2 rods, lines and baits. Of course, one of the rods is intended for my wife’s personal use, as I have never tried to convince her that fishing is a lovely activity by showing her a new and funny technique (I think I’ve exhausted all other ideas). Another option would be to visit Mount Evans, where besides the many fish species, the kids can see deer and other animals. As it is not far away, while in the area we can also make a stop at the Colorado Scenic Byway to admire the scenery and spend a little more time into the wilderness. I’ve gathered that is one of the best places to visit with family and offers excellent lodging facilities – always a great news for my wife.

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Surprisingly, she didn’t object to my plan to try fly fishing yet, giving me hopes that she’ll try it herself, though she doesn’t yet know she’s getting a new rod for our marriage anniversary. My kids are just excited with the idea of being near water and nature, and they’re also curious about the types of fish we’re going to catch here. I’ve hindered and decided that, in the end, we’re taking Marshmallow with us, though he had some health problems this past week, fortunately nothing serious, but I’m quite sure leaving him behind would worsen or, at least, delay his healing process, so there’s no way he’s staying at home while we have so much fun.

How we prepare for the summer holidays

The summer holidays are here, so I’m free to take my kids, my wife and my dog outside the city. We’re starting our long journey into the wild. For starters, 3 nights of camping, in an organized family camp. I wanted to go in a secluded area, see how my kids are dealing with it, but my wife strictly prohibited it, menacing she’ll lock herself and the kids inside the house and lock me and Marshmallow out, if I wanted to experience sleeping under the stars. So, besides our tent that can fit 4 people inside easily, we rented a small cabin with a shower that was available inside the camp. She said it would be better for us to have a private shower and sleeping there is safer for the kids. I know she’s right, but I’m secretly hoping the kids will choose to sleep in the tent even if she’s offering better conditions. I mean, they sleep in a bed most of their lives.

 

dogs1We’re leaving in two days, so the preparations are taking all of our time. Marshmallow is participating by stealing numerous useful objects that we take hours to find after, but we’re making visible progresses. Today we went shopping for some items we did not have or that have become shabby and unreliable over the years. I’m all for precise planning and safety travelling, even though I don’t consider sleeping in a cabin with a private shower camping (because it’s not). What is new to this experience is not the place, but the fact that I’m letting my kids pick the items they want to take with them and leave behind what they think we won’t need there. Of course, I always check what they’ve chosen once they’ve made their choice, but it will be nice to see how they assemble the whole luggage.

 

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dogs3The camp offers boat tours into the wilderness and plenty of activities for kids: games, sports, shows, seeing wild animals, so it will be a great adventure for them, much more than it will be for us. Maybe, while the kids are enjoying their kids’ activities, I’ll have a bit of time alone with my wife and convince her to join me for a fishing session. I’m sure she will be reluctant in the beginning, but if she doesn’t have anything to do, I may be able to persuade her. She took some things to occupy her time while I’m fishing, but those are one of the items I told my kids we can leave behind, and instead, add another light rod to the gear.

Our bass fishing adventures

Bass fishing has been one of my greatest pleasures ever since I can remember being alive. I used to go out fishing with my father, who was the one who taught me the basics of the techniques. I don’t consider myself a professional fisherman, but I do enjoy some time on the shore or the boat, depending on the fishing expedition that I’m joining in. I have two kids, a boy and a girl, and I’ve always been eager to teach them about bass fishing, which is why I started looking for the right equipment for children. Soon enough, I came across the Ready 2 Fish Bass Spin Combo, which I bought once I went through the reviews of many fishermen who say that this kit is the best one to have been designed for the use of beginners and youth.  

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I recently went fishing with the kids and I’m happy enough to say that we’ve all had a great time. My wife doesn’t share my passion for bass fishing, but that’s all right since she’s the one to cook the fish once we get back home. She’s delighted that I now get to spend more time with my son and daughter and my fishing buddies, as well. While the rod and reel did their job as they were supposed to, I have to say that what appealed to my children the most were the lures. The kit came with baits such as purple and silver glitter rubber grubs and even some 6-inch plastic worms. dogs2My daughter fell in love with the rubber lizards that we found in the package and she made sure that she used one of them whenever she had a shot at fishing for a bass. Of course, I had to give them a hand once in awhile given that they don’t yet have the expertise required to grab a hold of a big bass. For now, I’ve bought just one of these combos, but I intend to purchase another one so that they’re able to have their shot at getting a catch at the same time. Even so, it was more than fun to see them both get excited about capturing a bass that we would, later on, cook and eat at home.

dogs3Another detail that I’d like to add is that we even took our dog, Marshmallow, along. In spite of the fact that he hasn’t been a puppy for years, he’s full of energy and really knows how to excite my kids about new adventures. My daughter had a lot of fun running around and through the bushes near the shore with Marshmallow. As I mentioned earlier on, we had just one combo for beginners with us, which is why I believe that bringing the dog along was the best thing I could have done given that both of the kids couldn’t have used the rod and reel at the same time.

In the end, our fishing trip was one of the most entertaining activities that we ever did. I’m looking forward to the next weekend when I will get some time off from work so that I’m able to take the kids fishing once again. Maybe my wife will join in, as well, although she hardly considers herself a fishing lover at all.