I'm wondering if you all had any tips for making a 6 day drive with the twins a little easier!
Robb finally got a job offer, but it's in Dawson City, Yukon. I can't even believe we're moving, let alone that far north!!
We live in Vancouver right now, and we could do the drive in 5 days but it makes for some very long days with stops and everything - and I'm the only driver, Robb doesn't have his license yet. So we're doing it in 6 days, and my mom is coming too, which is amazing of her! We'll be moving at the end of the month, and have to get rid of almost everything to be able to fit essentials in both our cars.
SO....Any tips or tricks for making long trips easier to deal with? Our days are anywhere from 8-10 hour driving days (that includes one hour long break and two half hour breaks or some variation of that).
So far our only ideas are toys, and my laptop for movies for them to watch. They are big enough that we can turn their car seats around, so that should be easier on them, if Robb can look back and play with them every now and again, and they can see us better. Other than that, I'm at a loss!
(I'm cross-posting this to my April board as well.)
Congrats to Robb and good luck to you all with the move! How exciting! We're moving, too, when we get back to France in August, but only to another apartment 10 minutes away from where we are now. *Sigh* No rural farmhouse in the south of France for us. I can't wait to read about your new adventures in the far north.
I don't have a driver's license either. For long car trips, I squeeze into the middle seat between the kids. They're still rear-facing (I'm really anxious and don't want to turn them around before 30 lbs.) but that means they're facing me and I can do finger puppet shows, sing songs, feed them snacks and drinks, hold up the portable DVD player, read picture books--but if you try this make sure not to actually read the pages yourself, just hold up the book and make up words or you'll be really carsick! I keep lots of small toys, like jingly bells, small windchimes, keyrings with dud keys, teethers, squeaky toys, in a bag at my feet and hand them one at a time so I can trade them out when they get bored with them. When we take a break, we try to let them exercise as much as possible. I'm trying to train them to wear stuffed-animal harnesses right now so I can walk them around rest-stop parking lots and such places more easily.
It takes a ton of energy to keep them entertained. There's still a lot of fussing and even screaming involved in any car ride longer than 15 minutes with J and A. If yours are fussy travelers like mine and hate being buckled in and restrained, this is going to be hard. Our easiest long drives across France have been the times we left just at bedtime and drove all night. They just slept. Blissful silence!
lol I know that squeeze! Robb frequently squeezes between their seats as well. Not so much anymore, but it definitely helps. If it comes down to it, he can still do that. I think turning their seats around will be a big help. I was a little wary about it too, but their car seat book says that any time after 22 pounds, and as long as they are walking and sitting unassisted, it should be fine. They are both nearing 23 pounds already, which I can't even believe (until I pick them up, that is...)
We are getting a whole bunch of little toys for them before we go. A bag of dollar store toys of all shapes and sizes that are all new to them - that should keep them entertained, one can hope! They have been getting steadily better in the car. Silas was always pretty good, Spark being the fussy one, but now she's enjoying the car more and more. I doubt she'll like it much after this trip though
I hope your move goes well! Moving is always exciting. I will keep you updated on ours, that's for sure! I'm anxious to take some pictues of the aurora up there
We have done the 13hr drive to Az with little ones many times, but not with the twins yet. Our twins are still rear facing for now (since the new aap recommendation is 2yrs we're just keeping them that way lol), and they get to watch their brother and sister the whole drive, so it helps a ton, but that does not help you any. lol.
Yay for a job offer, that is great!!! Are you just going to repurchase everything, like furniture and all? Sounds like a crazy busy move! I think lots of new toys are good, maybe some good children's cds, my babes all love music, but test them first so you can get some that don't drive you and Robb crazy! dvds are good, and hopefully just the breaks you have scheduled will work. I am glad your mom can come help drive too! Good luck!
Rachel, momma to 4
dd 9, ds 7, twin boys Dec 09
I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.
Love Dawson City! It's about a 5-6 hour drive from us. We like to go over Memorial Day weekend before the big tourist crowds hit. You'll have to keep us posted on what it's like there in winter since it's such a summer tourist town. The border crossing we use is even closed in winter.
As for the drive, no suggestions but just wanted to say I will be feeling your "pain" of a long drive. We are heading home to interior AK from Anchorage this weekend with our newborn triplets. Expecting a 5-6 hour drive to take more like 10. Lucky for us we don't have to entertain much like you do, but that will be coming in the next months/years for sure. Best of luck making the drive and move!!
Thanks Steph! Thanks for that. We already love it here and have only been here 2 days. I'm going to make a big post about the move in a minute. If you ever come into Dawson it would be great to see you and the little ones!