Today is a restful, yet busy day. Allan has been taking a course that keeps him gone all day, so it's been up to me to prepare. This is difficult only because I am not preparing for *me* to drive, I'm preparing for him, so I'm not sure what to do. Typically, he likes to drive at night when the kids sleep, roads are less crowded and the temperatures are cooler. He also likes to make "straight-through" drives, where I prefer to not go insane in a car.
There really isn't much choice but to do it his way for this trip, anyway. We need to be in Kansas to see Corbin's surgeon and get the kids' well-visits done. We don't want to take too many vacation days so that we can enjoy some time with Allan before deployment.
Preparations so far consist of deciding to take the Suburban, (more comfy and we need to take the bikes back to storage) mapping out a route, calculating gas costs and making lists. and more lists.
Like what we're doing with our precious few hours in Kansas, the items we need to pick up while we're there, (organic staples cost a lot more here, we will pick them up at Costco while we're in the midwest) what snacks and activities to pack for the kids, etc.
Does your family make quick trips like these? What are your favorite ways to deal with long trips in the car with kids that need to happen quickly? Do you prefer to drive straight-through or make the road trip the adventure?