Vacation Advice Please

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Vacation Advice Please

So I know I am a BTDT mom, but Luke is different than Bryce. Bryce we could throw in a car and he would behave on a 10-12 road trip. No such luck with Luke and I need advice on our 8 hour drive down to Orlando coming up on Monday.

What sort of activities do you use with your LOs on long drives?

TIA!

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No advice. We haven't been further than about 2 hours away with either of them. I hope you have a good time thought Smile

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We have a DVD player in the back. Get a new toy that will occupy a good chunk of time. Snacks (if he won't throw them everywhere). Schedule the drive to include naptime. Books. Stickers to put in sticker books if he can peel them off. Peek-a-boo with you from the front seat. Kids music to sing along to. Really a couple of new toys or books should take you a long way. Good luck and have fun!

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When we drove to Miami last month we drove overnight, which I recommend if you can make it work. Even so, Lily didn't want to sleep the whole way. So she played w/ a couple toys she has that light up/make music etc. Her Leaptop and some other stuff. I had books for her, and I agree w/ the snacks! Some goldfish or yogurt melts always keep her happy for a little while! We didn't have a DVD player during the drive, but I'm sure that would have helped too. Also be prepared to take him out at a couple of different rest stops just so he can get out of the car for 10 - 15 min. Good luck and have fun! Are you going to Disney World?

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We went to Disney last year, and boy was that exhausting! We had a blast but we came home feeling like we needed a vacation from the vacation! We are staying at the Hilton Vacation Club near Seaworld (apparently across the street)... it has lots of amentities. We got a one bedroom suite (800+ square feet) with full kitchen, washer and dryer in unit, whirl pool tub, screened in balcony for like $116 a night! For this time a year, this is an amazing deal. There are lots of activities thru out the day geared for kids and adults... we chose something like this on purpose because of the stage Luke is in, he can be fine one minute and a monster the next, so we didn't want to spend a whole lot of money on a park that we may not be able to enjoy. Worse case scenerio we will stay at the resort and have fun there. But we have the option of Sea World and Aquatica, Universal, Bushe Gardens, etc if we decide we want to try it. But I think having a larger room that we can actually enjoy if we need to (aka kids acting up) it won't feel like we are being suffocated.

So anyways, to answer your question, no, we are not going to Disney. Biggrin Sorry that was so long winded. I am just so excited to be on vacation!!!!

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My kids tolerate the car pretty well. We regularly do 2-4 hour trips with them to visit family, and we just strap them in and go. I usually bring a sippy cup and some snacks for each of them and give it to them if they get fussy.

I'm of the mindset that as long as they are strapped in, they aren't going to die and there is not really much I can do about their unhappiness. If someone starts screaming, we try the sippy first, try turning on some music second, and then just let them scream if need be.

If you think it would help, I can see a DVD player being great entertainment for a few hours. They make ones that you can exchange with your headrests and that look pretty slick. You can always get the kind that hang over the seat, too. Elmo is my hero when I need a break from my kids. Smile

Good luck, and enjoy!!!

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Well our tentative plan is this- Bryce will have his DS (which Luke will want) so Luke with have an MP3 player with some of his fave shows on it. Hopefully this will buy us some time and cut down on the fighting!

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I agree with the DVD player, we don't have one yet but we are planning on taking a long trip soon and I'd really like to get one! Claire also really likes audio books, we listen to the Little Mermaid on CD when driving around the city Smile
Sticker books are also popular, and I usually give her a sippy of milk and a small container of raisins or dry cereal to keep her occupied also.

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No advice, just noting you are braver than us. The longest ride we've been on is a 5 hr ride at night. Even with a dvd player, the first 2 hrs of that ride were not fun.

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Yep, I would invest in a DVD player. When we go to Idaho to visit family (8-9 hour drive) my boys are perfectly content with their Nintendo DSi XL's and Liberty is fine as long as she has a toy and her blankie, so I haven't had to go the DVD player route... but I would if they didn't like their games so much!