07 Jan Road Trip
I’m not going to lie – traveling with the kids thus far has been…well…challenging. We’ve only gone on a couple of trips and we realized we have A LOT to learn about hitting the road with three little ones.
A few lessons we have learned the hard way:
- If you are going to stay at a hotel in Europe, make sure that
- You check to make sure they provide sheets and towels.
- Make sure you bring appropriate gear for the weather in case you have to hike from the main building to your villa.
- Don’t assume anything.
- If you are driving any further than 2 hours in the car, stay over night. Driving for 3 1/2 hours one way, spending 2-3 hours in the city of your destination, and driving back is the complete opposite of a good idea.
- If your daughter refuses to bring appropriate clothes for the weather i.e. hat, gloves, scarf, instead of giving her some tough love and letting her learn the hard way, screw your pride and bring the damn cold weather gear anyway so you don’t have to listen to her whine about how miserable she is the entire time you are in Belgium.
Now, with all that being said, we aren’t giving up! Tomorrow we are going to Metz, France for their annual Feerie de Glace – their exhibit of ice sculptures.
This year their theme is Disney and rumor has it there is a slide entirely made of ice. How cool is that? (Pun intended).
The sculptures are housed in a room that is kept at -6 degrees Celsius (21.2 F). Be sure we are going to bundle up. I already had a talk with the kids. “It is going to be super cold there. It’ll be below freezing. You are going to wear your long underwear underneath your clothes. It is not an option.” I even used my stern voice so they knew I was serious.
Yes, it’s going to be cold but…how can we pass up this unique opportunity to see an entire building filled with exquisite sculptures chiseled entirely out of ice?
That’s right. We can’t.
Besides, it’s only 2 hours away.
And with that being said, I am going to prepare for this trip ahead of time and pack diapers…wipes…iPad…water…you know, the usual stuff.
But, what I really want to talk to you about is food. When you go on a trip, do you pack your own food or do you just wing it? Do you stop at the nearest Burger King or do you take the extra time to pack some healthy snacks for you and your family?
I bet you can guess where I’m going with this…
We always pack our own snacks because:
- It saves money
- It is way healthier
- You are more likely to stay on track with your health and fitness goals
Here are things that I like to take for me and my family:
- celery sticks and/or apple slices and individual peanut butter cups like these Jif to Go Natural Creamy Peanut Butter cups or almond butter like these Classic Almond Butter Squeeze Packs by Justin’s
- Ants on a log (celery, peanut or almond butter, raisins)
- hard boiled eggs
- homemade trail mix
- cheese sticks
- packages of seaweed (my daughter loves these!) like this: Kim’s Premium Natural Roasted Seaweed (Nori)
- 100% Grass-Fed, Paleo Friendly Beef Sticks
- StarKist Tuna Creations Variety Pack
- Horizon Organic Low Fat Milk, Chocolate
- CLIF BAR – Energy Bar – Chocolate Brownie
- RxBar Real Food Protein Bars Variety Pack
- Wickedly Prime Plantain Chips
- Stretch Island Fruit Leather Variety Pac
- Larabar Fruit & Nut Food Bar
- Wonderful Pistachios, No-Shell, Roasted and Salted
- Signature’s Kirkland Fancy Mixed Nuts, 40 Ounce
- GoGo squeeZ Applesauce on the Go
- Happy Baby Organic Superfood Puffs, Variety Pack
- Happy Baby Gentle Teethers Organic Teething Wafers
- Gerber Organic 2nd Foods Baby Food, Fruit & Veggie Variety Pack
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Did you decide to take any of these snacks listed above while traveling? Tell me which ones you took and which ones you liked! I would love to hear from you!
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