- Absorbent diapers We usually only make one stop. Without super absorbent disposable diapers, we would not be able to do this with a toddler. As it is, he generally holds up with one mid-trip diaper change. We just went up a size in diapers, but here's a tip if your infant or toddler is at the top of the size, and you are going to be driving or flying (where you certainly don't want to have to disturb them for a diaper change if they are content)--buy either the next size up or the Huggies Overnites in their size. They hold more, so no leaks!
- DVD players We do not have a built in DVD player in the car, and I'm pretty sure that I don't want one. However, on a long trip, most of which is taken after dark where other options for entertaining themselves are slim, the DVD player works wonders for making hours pass by effortlessly. I usually do not even bring it out until the midway point (or once it's been dark a little while). If Kyle saw it, he would whine and beg for it to be turned on immediately (which is why I don't want one built in since I don't want the TV on every time we are in the car, and I am weak to resist the begging and whining all the time). I still like a bit of old-fashioned entertainment. I am also thankful for the friends who always loan us theirs, so that we don't have to purchase one of our own.
- Cell phones It's so nice to be able to call and alert our hosts when we will be arriving and having that extra measure of safety in the event that something goes wrong.
- EZ-Pass This saves precious minutes (or hours, depending) getting through toll plazas and over bridges.
Monday, November 27, 2006
After Thanksgiving Thanks
It occurred to me on our drive home last night, that without some modern conveniences, seven hour driving trips to see family would be a lot less pleasant.