Frugal Road Trip with Kids – Safety First

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In the weeks following up to the trip we work on practicing emergency info for each child, depending on what is appropriate for their age. Preschoolers can learn their name, address, and phone number. Also what to do if we get lost (approach a police officer, an employee, or a mom with kids).

Also we have a family contact that everyone will call if we can’t reach each other, in our case usually the godmother of my children.

For older children I make sure they have the following contacts in their phones: emergency contact, each parent’s contact, a relative near the destination or place we are staying, a relative or neighbor near home.

Whenever we stop somewhere we discuss before we start where we will meet if we get lost, usually something tall that the kids can see from most of the area we will be in. For example at the fair this is almost always the Ferris Wheel, you can see that from the entire fairgrounds. At the flea market it’s the old silo in the middle of the lot.

Some families will color code the whole family. I don’t have tshirts made, but I might have everyone dress in the same color if we are going somewhere touristy. If you go to Niagara Falls in the summer you will be glad your 3 year old is dressed in red.

 police

Before we leave I print up an id sheet (straight out of my household management binder) that has pertinent info for each person (adults too), including updated height and weight, doctor info, and three recent photos, at least one of which is our property and the police can distribute if someone becomes lost. I print a copy of each to keep in my Binder of Doom, put a copy on a USB drive I keep in my purse, and email it to the relative that will be closest to our location (or their godmother). If you are paranoid enough to do this then you already watch your kids like a hawk and most likely won’t ever come close to needing it, but I feel better if I have it. If I lost one of my kids I would not be in a good place to remember how much they weighed last time we checked. You could use the Personal Information Page template here and just paste photos on it, or here

I also fill out an updated Permission to Treat for the relative that will be closest to our location, or their godmother. I copy/scan the front and back of everyone’s insurance cards as well. These are mailed with the child id sheets, and put on my USB drive. You can download a template from here.

I put the child’s name and two emergency numbers on an index card and make them put it in their pocket, just in case they are incapacitated. If they had any medical issues or allergies I would put this on there as well. Make extra cards for when they lose them and put them in your Binder of Doom. I will take some painter’s tape and fold it in half so it sticks to itself, and write info on the inside of that to use as an identifying anklet on little ones. You could also stick this on the inside of their shirt. You can get cute child id bands off of eBay for cheap. You can make a printable child id here and laminate it.

 First Aid

The dollar store should have a tiny little Mini First Aid Kit that will fit in your purse, which you should already have stashed in your diaper bag, or this is at WalMart for a couple bucks. You also need a decent sized first aid kit. If someone sprains an ankle hiking around the Grand Canyon and swells up you want to be able to wrap it up. Make sure you have pain reliever and fever reducer for every age group you have traveling with you.

Grab a boo boo buddy from the dollar store, stick it in a zip bag, and stick it in the cooler. Or make your own. If the three year old skins her knee she will stop crying faster with the comfort of a boo boo buddy, regardless of the severity of the injury.

I get a book light from the dollar store (actually I get a bunch, sometimes they don’t work right out of the package) and wrap it around the hook on the car seat so I can check on the baby without turning all the interior car lights on.

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Frugal Road Trip with Kids – Plan Your Route

Frugal Road Trip with Kids – Plan Your Route from The More With Less Mom

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This is a series of articles on how to survive a road trip with four kids, including a toddler and a preschooler, from a frugal mom who has done it on the cheap many times. Chock full of 244 fantabulous tips for your long car trip!

Plan your route ahead of time. Use sites like Road Trip USA, National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime, Trails.com’s Scenic Byways, or America’s Byways. You can also use Google Maps or Mapquest and click on Avoid Highways.

I have two print-outs of directions, one the highway way and one the scenic way. Luckily we can take one of those routes that used to be the highway before the interstate went in, like Route 66 (Route 20 in NY). The drive isn’t too whacky, but the scenery is much better and stops more interesting. I printed both just in case we change our minds at some point. In theory we don’t need to print these at all, we have a GPS for the van and our prepaid phone has a GPS app for $1 a day. But if I print it we won’t need it, so better safe than sorry. FYI that GPS app is a huge power suck on the phone.

Directions

We also have the Rand McNally Road Atlas, which includes a directory of WalMarts for every state. And we know how to read it. This is super useful if you have kids and find that a need for something has cropped up, but you don’t want to spend a bunch of money at the first store you stumble across. Also many WalMarts are open 24 hours and have restrooms, which can be harder to find if you aren’t on the interstate. Having the map also allows you to freestyle, if you decide you want to cut down through the state forest on the map you can do that. Reading a map is another life skill you can teach the kids while on a trip.

I used Mapquest to find WalMarts along my route. Enter your addresses, click Avoid Highways and Avoid Tolls if you’re going the back way (under options), and then in the top left of your map are some buttons. You can check for Activities, like Tourist Attractions, Museums, Zoos, or Parks. You can also use the Search to find WalMarts along your route. This is easier than the atlas if you are not on the interstate. FYI every time I try to use my GPS it isn’t helpful. Maybe we drive in the middle of nowhere too much. There was one gap with no Walmarts for like 6 hours, so I found a McDonalds there. I plan my stops to be 2-3 hours apart. If you are taking a long trip you may want to break it up into states or regions.

Next I used Mapquest to create a 2013 Summer Trip Map under My Maps. I added the addresses for my stops. If you use Google Maps to create a map you can’t get directions between your stops. If you use Mapquest you can enter your beginning and ending destination, get directions, and then click Add to Route on your stops and it will add them in the order that makes the most sense.

Then I went looking for fun places to stop. There are several good sites for this.

On Roadside America you can select a state map and drill down to your route. Some of these are quirky stops, some are unlikely to be worth stopping for. But if you are especially excited about a Spinning UHaul Truck on a Pole you can find it. Remember, to check another state you have to go to the map for that state, you can’t see that from the one you’re already on.

RoadTrippers is another good site for finding stops along your route. Once you enter your address there is a little squiggly road icon at the top to switch to byways. Under Find Places they have categories like Family, Offbeat Attractions, Tourist Attractions, etc, and you can check several of these and then drill down on the map.

Trekaroo found a bunch of places, but they don’t have all the states.

Also check the tourism site for each state you are visiting, many of them will have a map split into regions so you can look for things close to your route. Most even have online trip planners that are handy. Then add the likely places to your Trip Map. When you add them include phone, hours and admission prices in the Notes.

You can also try to look for splash pads along your route. I had no luck searching for splash pad on Mapquest. I did have some luck typing town names in Google with the keywords splash pad. You can also check a listing like the one on Best Kid Friendly Travel

Next mentally plan your stops. Be flexible. For example if you leave early enough in the morning you can get to the cavern tours before they stop for the day. If you do the cavern tours you don’t need to go to the Walmart in the next town over, and then you can make the long stretch between that and a whole lot of nothing. Then throw the whole plan overboard when you see a fabulous park with a splash pad right on your route when the kids are starting to get cranky.

I printed out my Trip Map. I also printed out a sheet/flyer/brochure for places I wanted to stop, or sent for one.

I compared my driving directions with directions for my trip including the stops and noted on the directions when I will need to change them to get to my next stop. This way I will know when I need to set the GPS for the new destination if I decide to go there.

Gas prices

Then I went to GasBuddy.com and found the average price for gas at each stop. This way I will know which stop is more likely to have more expensive gas and can fill up accordingly. Since the rental truck uses diesel I also wrote down the most affordable station that has diesel on our route and how much it was. I added this info onto my Note for each stop.

Also round WAY up on times. I know that the trip that says it takes 7 hours 18 minutes will actually take us closer to 12 hours. We stop every two to three hours and stops take 45 to 60 minutes. And that’s if we don’t stop to actually do anything, like wander around the Grand Canyon of the East (Letchworth State Park in NY). Or get stuck in stop-and-go traffic because of an accident. Or go in to Walmart and actually buy anything. The trip will take longer with small children, it just does. I have tried making stops faster, but then inevitably 15 minutes after you get going somebody has to go potty or something, and the trip ends up longer. We make several thorough stops, and I always plan to stop for a while around dinner time. When everybody starts to get sick of driving between 4 and 6 is a good time to kick everybody out of the car for a while.

On a side note, if you are moving and have a honking truck (or RV, even) to drive, check clearances before you go and stay alert along the way. I have personally seen what a low bridge can do and you don’t want to pay for it. You can check your route on this site for clearances. I then added these to my Trip Map and figured out how to get around it, then added that info to my Note.

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Frugal Road Trip with Kids – Be Positive

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Your road trip will absolutely be ruled by your attitude. If you approach the expedition as an adventure it will be. Stay positive. Be flexible. Try to be patient and kind with your grumpy children and road-weary hubby. And give yourself permission to want to throttle them, even while you’re being patient and kind and they’re being whiney brats. I have a friend who went to Disney, upon arrival promptly developed flu-like symptoms, and suffered the entire drive back as well. The only good memories she had of the trip were of the drive out.

Be constructive. If you’re stuck in the car for a long stretch maybe it’s time for a sing-along. Or you can distract the cranky one with a game of I’m Going On a Picnic. Or you can start the Fortunately/Unfortunately game. UNfortunately we are stuck in traffic because of construction. FORTUNATEly our car was retrofitted with monster truck wheels and we could just drive over all of those cars if we wanted to.

Kid #2 celebrates her third birthday on the road

This is an opportunity to teach your children a life skill. We are all faced with situations that could easily be trying in our lives. It is our choice to turn them into a positive experience. A road trip is a great time to practice these skills.

Also tantrum avoidance is a big part of being able to enjoy a road trip. The things that make little ones melt down can make even adults cranky, so it is best to take preventative measures whenever possible. Some of the top causes of tantrums are hunger, tiredness, too cold or hot, frustration, and overstimulation. Most of those are basic needs that you just need to put a little thought into to avoid. Frustration and overstimulation take a little more effort to prevent. You should know some of your child’s triggers and be able to avoid most negative situations. When you stop pull out anything you need to avoid those triggers for the next leg of your trip.

One of the ways you can avoid frustration in a preschooler is to offer them choices. They can’t feel frustrated that they got the blue car if they picked that one. Let them pick the next CD, pick the next package from the surprise basket, pick which stall to use in the bathroom. Let them pick the snack you have next, the game you play, the activity from their Binder of Fun. Let them pick who will sit next to them for the next leg, and only exclude the driver from their choices, including no one if you have an extra seat. If you want to have a real adventure let the little one pick your route.

Build Your Own Cupcake

Overstimulation is hard to avoid. You should know when your child is getting cranky and try to direct their activities to more calming things. Save the really loud, distracting toys for when they are fresh and happy. Save a good activity for when you know your child will be struggling. I save the Build Your Own Cupcake activity for when the three year old is getting testy. She loves this activity. She spent a long time last trip playing with this, asking everyone what flavor they wanted this time, etc.

If you know you’re coming on to nap time when you stop you may want to pull out a quiet activity or two, like threading straw pieces on string, pipe cleaners , or dyed pasta. If your child will fall asleep to The Tigger Movie it might be a good time to make sure the DVD player is set up and charged or plugged in, headphones are accessible, and the movie is in. Make sure your child at least tries to go potty at the rest stop before nap time, especially if they are newly potty trained.

I know my one year old will scream bloody murder as soon as I lift her towards her seat, let alone get her strapped in. But once we get going she stops. So I will do everything else I can, get everything prepped and everyone else in, then put the little monster in. Then we can just go and my blood pressure can have less time to skyrocket.

*Note the pillow separating the cranky littles in the title graphic. Don’t underestimate the value of a little personal space.

How do you keep the peace and keep yourself positive?

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Frugal Road Trip with Kids – Tips from a Mama Pro




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Avert catastrophe! Save yourselves! There’s nothing like stuffing a brood of kidlets in a car for hours on end to bring out the screaming and the craving for wine. I have survived multiple cross-country car trips with various children of various ages, and am here to impart my wisdom unto you.

This is a series of articles on how to survive a road trip with four kids, including a toddler and a preschooler, from a frugal mom who has done it on the cheap many times. Chock full of 244 fantabulous tips for your long car trip!

Grand Canyon

In this article: PrepWhen You StopBuying Stuff

I have done a week long ocean to ocean trip with four kids. I have done twice yearly three-day trips with two kids. I have moved from NH to AZ in a car with two kids and five cats. I am approaching what is hopefully my last long non-vacation trip, moving from NY to NH with four kids in a trip that should take 12 hours. For this trip we will have a fifteen year old boy and Dad driving the truck. My thirteen year old girl will be helping me in the van with the three and the one year old. And the millions of cats. Ok just five cats.

Here are some tips that I have learned the hard way over the years. Or I learned it by watching Pinterest.

You haven't lived until you've taken a photo of your kids with their heads in a touristy photo op cut-out

Prep

Lists: To pack, to buy, to make, to do. My actual lists for this trip are Trip Shopping List and Trip Packing List, broken down into people and uses (and then there are the lists for the move, yikes!). I also have a Pinterest board for activity ideas for the littles. I have a bunch of Tasks set up in Outlook to remind me of stuff.

Car: Clean it, fill the tank, change the oil, fill the tires. If you’re going on a really long trip you should get a tune up and have the ac serviced. Before is better than breaking down during the trip.

House: Do all the laundry. Clean the house. Empty the fridge of things that will spoil. Empty garbage cans.

Cell Phone: Make sure your phone is updated with contact info for neighbors, relatives, doctors, and insurance companies.

Purse and Diaper Bag: Clean out, reevaluate, add stuff as necessary

Start packing: A few weeks before I start to pack. Pull out your luggage, designate the backpacks for fun bags. Start pulling the items you need for the trip. Wash the clothes you need to bring with. Pull food items you don’t need between now and then. Start your lists and shopping.

Kids in a wagon at Wall Drug in SD

What To Do When You Stop

Feed everyone

Pull out snacks for the next leg

Refill snack basket from Box of Food

Refill water bottles

Walkies: EVERYONE has to get out and at least walk. If it’s cold out I make them run to the bathroom, and then run around the car ten times. You have to keep your circulation going. When I was very pregnant and road tripping the doctor told me to at least walk around the car 10 times, so that’s the minimum even twisted-ankle limping children have to do.

Potty everyone Everyone has to at least try to go potty (except the one in diapers)

Check the diaper on the baby

Refill diaper wallet

Empty all trash bags and put them back where you got them or replace if toss-ready

Anything that needed new batteries or the charger plugged in should be taken care of

Fun up everyone – Line up your entertainment for the next leg, pull out your movie, cue up your playlist or new CD, pull out your next book.

Evaluate your comfort and clothing, pull out a sweater or put away extra layers, fetch your sunglasses from under the seat.

If you’ve been sweaty reapply deodorant

Review the tantrum triggers for prevention – hunger, tiredness, too cold or hot, frustration, and overstimulation

Mom and Dad review the plan for the next leg, and possibly the rest of the day

Mt Rushmore photo op at Wall Drug in SD

Buying Stuff

We don’t. The best way to save money is to not spend it. Be as prepared as you can, budget for things you know you will want to spend something on, and be willing to make do or do without. This is one of the reasons I go bonkers with the planning.

My kids know before-hand they will only be window shopping in the gift shop. If they see something they really like I will look for it online when we get home. You can also look beforehand for good prices online. Check eBay and maybe one of your surprise packages could be tshirts for everybody.

We do buy postcards, or even a book of postcards. I make sure before we leave I have addresses including zip codes in my phone contacts for anyone who might get a postcard. Little friends, cousins, neighbors, grandpa… The next time we have some down time we fill out some postcards and mail them with the postcard stamps I keep in my wallet. I try to keep a Note in my phone of who we have sent postcards to just to keep track. We wouldn’t want grandpa to feel neglected if he doesn’t receive a postcard from the littles of a giant-roadside-aluminum-tepee-turned-gift-shop. Most Walmarts will have a section of touristy things for their local area, where you could even splurge on a magnet.

I feel it’s ok to spend money if I am making an informed decision. At Niagara Falls they take a commemorative picture. It is an overpriced picture, and ours was not very good, but I still wanted it.

Another example is paying $4 each for dots ice cream at the Tucson Zoo when it was a million and two degrees out. It would have been cheaper to get ice cream after, but we might have melted to death by then. These things were in my budget and I felt not a quiver at spending the money. I believe everything is good in moderation, including skipping my tightfisted ways, so I plan my splurges to get the most bang for my buck.

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The Early Bird Gets The Worm Game for Preschoolers

The Early Bird Gets The Worm Game for Preschoolers from The More With Less Mom

In this game your preschooler uses their fine motor skills to help a clothespin bird catch pipe cleaner worms.
I found this idea on Babblin Brooke.

I created this game for our Binder of Fun for a road trip. My three year old really liked it.

The Early Bird Gets The Worm Game for Preschoolers from The More With Less Mom

I cut a piece of green construction paper into a “nest”. I scribbled some grass squiggles on it. If I was organized enough to be able to find my easter grass I would have hot glued that on there.
I hot glued little sparkles on for eyes, used black sharpie to draw little feet, and used a red sharpie to draw a beak. You could also make paper wings, or glue on feathers.
Cut pipe cleaners in half to make worms.
The Early Bird Gets The Worm Game for Preschoolers from The More With Less Mom

Have your child use a clothes pin bird to catch worm snacks, using fun om nom and tweet tweet noises, and drop the worms on his grassy mat.
Your child may need to use both hands. Smaller siblings can use their fingers as the bird.
Later you can pick up the worms in rainbow order.
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To extend this activity you could make a construction paper basket to use as a nest.

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To The Moon Original Game for Preschoolers


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This is an original idea, I’ve never heard of it before. It is based on the book Guess How Much I Love You.
It started when we were eating dinner and the 3 year old said, “Mom, I love you more than cupcakes. Except I won’t eat you, you’re human.”
You can respond with a phrase like “I love you to the moon and back.” Or “I love you more than umpa lumpas.” Continue to go back and forth.
This might be too gushy for older kids, but the 3 year old loves it. It is great for preschoolers.
This is an excellent road trip game.


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Ella Bellas Healthy Summer Squash Bread Recipe

Ella Bellas Healthy Summer Squash Bread Recipe from The More With Less Mom

A very sweet, moist loaf. A great alternative for dessert. This recipe evolved from a zucchini bread recipe. This isn’t the healthiest recipe ever, but is a little better than the run of the mill zucchini bread.
This recipe qualified for Round Two of the Aetna Healthy Food Fight Cooking Contest.
This recipe is named after the then-one-year-old who loves it, her nickname is Ella Bella. Brought to you by The More With Less Mom 🙂

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Serves: 16
Yield: 2 loaves

Ingredients:

Ella Bellas Healthy Summer Squash Bread from The More With Less Mom

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups summer squash (the yellow ones), shredded
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1/2 cup golden raisin
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease two 9 x 5 loaf pans, spray olive oil is a healthy choice.
  3. Beat eggs until foamy.
  4. Shred squash, 1-2 of the yellow ones, using the big holes on your grater or processor. If it seems super wet pat with a paper towel.
  5. Stir in wet ingredients: sugar, summer squash, oil, applesauce and vanilla.
  6. Sift together dry ingredients: flour, wheat flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  7. Gradually add to wet ingredients.
  8. Fold in raisins and optional nuts.
  9. Pour into prepared pans.
  10. Bake for 60 – 80 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  11. Cool for 10 minutes on cooling rack, then remove from pans.
  12. Cool completely on rack before slicing.

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June 2013 Meal Plan Pinterest Board

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Come check out our June Meal Plan Pinterest Board.

Ideas and resources for menu planning in June, many seasonal summer and whole food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch, frugal recipes.

You can save so much money by planning your meals. Even if you only plan three days at a time, you can be more thrifty by planning ahead. We do a monthly meal plan since our income is monthly, and do weekly or bi-weekly shopping runs for produce and dairy.

Seasonal produce for June includes:

Vegetables

corn
lettuce

Fruit

watermelon
strawberries
cantaloupe
cherries
blueberries
peaches
apricots

Epicurious Seasonal produce maps by state
CUESA Seasonal vegetables by month

June Meal Plan Ideas from our Pinterest board:

Some of our favorite seasonal recipes for Summer and June:

Cold Sesame Noodles with Summer Vegetables
Sausages and Polenta With Marinated Peppers
Summer Vegetable Crêpes

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May 2013 Meal Plan Pinterest Board

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Come check out our May Meal Plan Pinterest Board.

I know, it’s late this month, I’m sorry! There are still plenty of days yet to plan ahead for your deliciousness.

Ideas and resources for menu planning in May, many seasonal spring and whole food recipes. Very simple ingredients, frugal recipes.

You can save so much money by planning your meals. Even if you only plan three days at a time, you can be more thrifty by planning ahead. We do a monthly meal plan since our income is monthly, and do weekly or bi-weekly shopping runs for produce and dairy.

Seasonal produce for May includes:

Vegetables

okra
zucchini
rhubarb
artichokes
asparagus
spring peas
broccoli
lettuce

Fruit

cherries
pineapples
apricots

Epicurious Seasonal produce maps by state
CUESA Seasonal vegetables by month

May Meal Plan Ideas from our Pinterest board:

Some of our favorite seasonal recipes for Spring and May:

Apricot Stack Cake
Avocado, Mushroom, Spring Onion Frittata
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Greek Meatball Stew
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas
Mediterranean Salmon Noodle Bowl
Mexican Avocado Soup
Pizza Margherita
Puffed Pancake
Salmon Spinach Salad
Spring Egg Drop Soup
Spring Vegetable Pizza with Geremolata
The Stone Barn’s The Moderna
Thai Chicken Soup
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

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Hope Poem by Emily Dickinson Spring Free Printable

Hope by Emily Dickinson Poem Spring Free Printable from The More With Less Mom

We have discussed my love of Emily Dickinson. Is using Emily for a child’s middle name overkill? “Hope” has been my favorite Emily Dickinson poem for years and years. I decided to create a printable for my spring decorations, and I will share it here. It has a subdued color palette, cute little birds, and a vintage-looking wallpapery background.

Hope by Emily Dickinson Poem Spring Free Printable

Hope by Emily Dickinson Poem Spring Free Printable from The More With Less Mom
Download Hope by Emily Dickinson Poem Spring Free Printable PDF

Birds on Branches and green paper from Graphics Fairy

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