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Ok we are driving from New York to Colorado the first week of June my children are dd 2.5 years old and ds is 14 months. I will be bringing dvd movies and music Cd that they enjoy what else? I am planning on a bag with little surprise things inside(mainly toys they have forgotten about) what else?<br>
what did you do?<br>
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Tylenol? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I literally *just* finished a 2,500 mile (or more) trip with our family. Myself, DH, DS (almost 3) and DD (11 mo.) drove from Seattle to Anchorage, AK. It is similar in distance as travelling from Seattle to NYC. We had a GREAT trip, and almost no crying or desperation! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Things that worked for us:<br>
--We took almost 2 weeks to do the trip. We never drove more than 350 miles in a day, and sometimes didn't drive at all (we stayed 3 days at a town with a friend) and sometimes only drove 200 miles. We did drive 400 miles yesterday, though.<br>
--We timed our driving to when the kids were most likely to sleep. DS still naps 2 hours during the day, and DD still takes two naps a day. She slept a lot.<br>
--The trip was MUCH easier for DS than DD. Partly because we have a portable DVD player, so DS was totally into watching movies. DD isn't interested in movies yet. I sort of wish that we would have tried some baby einstien or something, but she didn't want to watch anything, while DS loved Curious George, etc.<br>
--We got some new little gifts for both of them and wrapped them up, and every day that we were driving they got to open one or two.<br>
--DD loved the magnadoodle that we got for DS. They were both also interested in beading (wooden beads with strings), tape, bandaids, kleenex, snacks, dental floss, toothbrushes, kid water bottles, music. Bandaids were a big hit! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> DS loves opening them and putting them on himself, and DD was entranced by having them on her toes or fingers. Stickers are good, too.<br>
--Things that failed: playdough (UGH), activity books, crayons, etc. Too messy and they weren't interested.<br><br>
GL!! One of us sat in the back a lot and I nursed DD in her carseat a lot. I know that isn't recommended but it was out of desperation.
 

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My kids would sleep in the car a lot and be up all night. If you are driving with someone it would be good so you can take turns and nap in the car.
 

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We drove from the east coast to the west and back last summer with our then 13 month old (without a dvd player. lol!) . Here's what worked for us:<br>
-the first night, we left around DD's bedtime, and took turns driving through the night, to get a good chunk of the drive done.<br>
-DD was still napping 2x a day, so we tried to just drive during nap times, and we took our time getting there-we would stop for lunch/playtime, then back in the car for nap/drive, then arrive somewhere for dinner/the night.<br>
-books and cd's. lots and lots of singing, especially action songs (ie itsy bitsy spider).<br>
-stickers and other non-messy art stuff.<br>
-E also loved shredding things (a single Kleenex would occupy her for like 20 mintues, yes it was messy, but she was happy!)<br><br>
GL-we had a great trip, and I hope the same for you!
 

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Thank you for all the suggestions. Problem is we are going to travel due to dh's job and will eventually relocate there.We can not take 2 weeks to get there . Dh is leaving work here on friday and has to show up for work there on monday.
 

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We did a 2,050 mile move last summer in 4 days (Tucson, AZ to Upper Michigan) with large dog and DS (then 21 months). It wasn't pleasant but we survived. The hardest part was finding decent coffee throughout the Midwest.<br><br>
Here was a typical 24 hrs:<br>
We left at 8 p.m., DS's bedtime, drove at night until about 4 a.m. and then checked-in to whatever motel we could find. We spent the next morning playing, eating and bathing in the motel room, and then hit the road around DS's morning nap time which coincided with motel check-out time: 11 a.m. We then drove for 2-3 hours, stopped for a picnic lunch and run-around and then drove another 2-3 hours till we were hungry for dinner. We then walked/played around till it was DS's bedtime again and hit the road for another repeat. We stopped the truck for nursing.<br><br>
We have no DVD player. We used favorite CDs and new toys (flashlights, slinky, instruments, puppets, books, cars, tractors). I packed a lot of healthy snacks and meals to avoid fast food. We played with a small inflatable beach ball at rest stops (blew it up everytime, space was limited in the truck you see). I think Hyland's Calms Forte helped with all the transitions, and a really comfy car seat (Britax Marathon) for the long hauls. Best of luck to you!
 

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We have taken a 2,000 mile trip a couple times and plan to do it again this summer. we do it in about 18 to 20 hours strait. Its insain but my husband is an amazing night time driver. we leave a couple hours before dinner, then let them play and eat at a stop then put them in PJ's so they are comfortable. Then we drive again and they fall asleep with in a few hours. They usually have a fitfull sleep but they do pretty well. no one is comfortable! i sleep as much as possible so when DH starts to get tired i can take over for a couple hours and let him rest. then usually i get too tired and he takes it over agian. we stop early for breakfast and keep trucking!!! before we know it we are there. Its insane but we like to get it all done with so we can enjoy our vacation with family. we always plan on staying in a hotel but end up driving through while they are sleeping. Last time we had a 1 month old so he slept a lot this time we will have a 13 month old so we will see how it goes.<br><br><br>
things that help is DVD player, we bought a cheap portable one.<br>
special, NEW toys, like at the dollar store, bags of dinosaurs and match box cars.<br>
my kids LOVE their Leapsters and do well with them from about age 3 and up.
 

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Hmmm... I think driving at night is in store for you... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I would try to do the bulk of your journey during the night - we've done 800 miles that way and it worked really well, remember to nap and change driving frequently and it should go fine.
 

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ahh yes we will do a lot of the driving at night ,lucky for us (in a way) Dss lives 2 hours away and the small kids are sort of used to riding in the car I like the idea of the band aids, flashlights dollar store toys...
 
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