Confessions On A Road Trip
I'm currently sitting in the bed listening to the person in the hotel room above me walk back and forth. Nothing annoys me more than hearing people walk back and forth across the ground. I'm experiencing some serious PMS and finding myself annoyed by the sound of everything. The only room left was a room with a king sized bed (so they said, but I heard the lady on the phone telling someone they had queen size doubles available). I'm sitting next to my daughter who won't go to sleep and my fiancé who thought it would be a good idea to comb all of his shedding hair out on the bed.
I promise the trip hasn't been all bad.
Chea got a new job and will be starting next month. It is a position that will keep him in the SoCal, area versus his current job that has him covering four states as his territory. We decided it would be nice if we drove along with him to do his last visits. So far, we have been to Fresno, Sacramento, Woodland and Davis. We have a ungodly amount of hours left on the road that I don't even want to think about. The trip has been fun minus the food struggle at times. Being vegan on the road isn't always hard, but finding fresh produce at restaurants, even vegan ones, poses to be more of an issue. I try to stop at different Wholefoods and purchase freshly squeezed Kale and Apple juice to make sure we are getting the proper amount of vegetables.
Today, we were able to visit my sister and go to the gym with her and her husband to work out. It was nice to do something fun with family that provided some temporary normalcy. We make sure we work out at each hotel because sitting in the car all day is not good for your body or mental state. It's good for us as well as our daughter to burn off some energy and get the blood flowing. I have a list of things I do to make sure each road trip goes as smoothly as possible. Even though I'm currently in a not-so-pleasant mood, the trip has been lots of fun. I love making new memories with my daughter and teaching her to be flexible. Most importantly, she learns the value of time and family.
Road Trip Tips.
1. Pack your bag early, especially if you have children. I like to pack by thinking of an outfit for each day. I feel like this helps me not forget things like enough underwear or shirts. That way you can also pull out each outfit for yourself and kid/s without having to rummage through the bag looking for things. A pair of underwear and socks for each day as well as a few extra in case the kids get dirty.
2. Pack riding clothes when you are doing long hours in the car. These clothes are separate and should be comfortable and breathable.
3. Pack bleach wipes. This should actually be number one. When we first walk into a hotel we always wipe down the remotes, phones, door knobs, toilet seats, tub, and light switches. Check the bed sheets and pillows. We usually almost always stay in Hilton's. I don't care how much a hotel costs per night; everyone doesn't clean the way I do. I always feel more comfortable knowing I took those extra steps.
4. Pack more than one activity for your children. I like to pack car activities and hotel friendly toys that won't get lost and aren't hard to keep up with. Books, coloring books, iPad, academic worksheets and a bag of little dolls Amirah likes to play with.
5. Lots of healthy car snacks so you aren't spending extra money on the road and making last minute unhealthy choices.