When we were looking for homes in our new city, one of the top items on Jordan’s wish list was an attached garage. Naturally, we got a house without a garage. While we love our house, it certainly makes carrying groceries in a hassle, especially in the cold weather. It’s also pretty hard to keep our car clean and Ruby certainly doesn’t make that any easier.
Last year, Jordan got a shop-vac which works great for big cleanups, but our parking spot is a good distance from the house so getting the vacuum all the way out there is a hassle. This year, we got a BLACK+DECKER 2-in-1 stick vacuum. It is cordless and lightweight making it the perfect tool to clean our car. It’s amazing how a clean car is so much cozier to ride in on those long trips to see family over the holidays. Oh, and you can enter to win a vacuum at the end of this post.
make the road trip to see grandma a clean and cozy one:
1 | Start fresh. Before you head out for the big trip make sure your car is completely cleaned out that way you don’t have any unnecessary items taking up space. That’s what what we’re doing in these photos and it took us less than 15 minutes and was super easy with this cordless vacuum.
2 | Prepare your kiddos (and yourself). Leading up to a big trip, I like to talk to Ruby about spending a lot of time in her carseat. I started doing this when Ruby was still a baby, you’d be surprise how much they understand. And in doing this it helps me to realize that things are going to be just fine.
Don’t forget that kids feed off of your emotions, you can’t expect them to be calm if you’re freaking out on the inside. 🙂
3 | Bring a cooler. and fill it up with fresh snacks like fruits and veggies oh, and milk for the little one. we also like to fix up a big bag of homemade popcorn for the road as well. It’s a favorite road trip snack of our family. we picked up this small, portable cooler just for road trips last year and it’s worked great.
4 | Leave room. You know after visiting family over the holidays, especially little ones, you’ll be hauling quite a bit back. Make sure to leave some extra space for all the fun, new presents.
5 | Keep it clean on the road. Store a cordless hand vacuum in the car. We plan on just taking the hand vacuum part of our vacuum for when we visit our families after the holiday. If you’re looking for just a hand vacuum, this one is perfect. We cleaned out an embarrassing amount of snacks from our car, so we’re working on keeping the mess to a minimum.
I make sure to bring it back inside when we get back though, or else I’d be missing it. I especially love the cordless aspect for sweeping the stairs and navigating our three story house. And it can easily switch to a hand vacuum for kitchen counter messes, or to clean the blinds or shelves.
6 | Bring the fun. Don’t forget to bring some of your kiddos toys and books. Don’t forget the novelty of new. Think about letting the kids open up some of their stocking stuffers. Pipe cleaners and pom poms are inexpensive and provide lots of entertainment.
7 | Place for toys. We picked up this basket and it fits perfectly on the floor behind Ruby’s carseat. It’s a perfect place to store books, small toys, snacks, and her sippy cup for easy access. Things have gotten pretty crazy before on road trips with stuff strewn about, so I love having a place to put everything.
8 | More baskets. We also like to bring a big basket with handles for all the other stuff we need to access in the car. Like Ruby’s bottles, our giant bag of popcorn, or a blanket or jacket. I love having a basket like this when we arrive too, because we bring it in and use it to corral all of our stuff so we don’t lose it. It’s usually the last thing we put in the car when we leave and we carry it around the house to pick up anything we left behind. We either bring our farmer’s market basket or a thirtyone utility tote. This is seriously a game changer.
9 | Make the car ride part of the festivities. Don’t forget to make traveling by car special. Listen to some festive music or pick out and interesting audiobook or podcast. Try your best to make it just as memorable as the rest of the festivities, so then maybe you’ll actually look forward to it next time. 😉
10 | Travel during sleeping times for kiddos. And by all means, try your best to travel when your kiddo will be sleeping!!!! And don’t forget to put them in comfy clothes, pajamas are not off limits.
While we do this for road trips all throughout the year, I hope you especially find these tips useful for traveling this holiday season. I know we’ve found that traveling during this time of year can often be stressful. The goal is to make the most of this time of year spent with those you love.
An extra tip: Tie some fresh greenery around the rearview window with some ribbon for a little holiday comfort. Here are some more fun holiday cleaning tips and diy projects.
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You can enter to win a BLACK+DECKER SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2-IN-1 Stick Vacuum.
Just visit here and then leaving a comment sharing how you plan to use the vacuum this holiday season. Leave your comment below.
& safe travels this holiday season! 🙂