It is strictly forbidden by the international law of car trips to go to the bathroom in a small container inside your vehicle. Do not turn your ride into a restroom on wheels. Too gross.
Get to the nearest rest stop or gas station, where you can fill up the gas tank and bend your body out of its sitting shape.
Road-tripping is a good time to indulge in some snacks you might otherwise avoid. If you never take the kids for fast food, maybe let them have a burger and fries on the road or grab a candy bar.
Or keep it healthy by bringing some carrot sticks and sandwiches, but stop for a cold bottle of water or something to drink.
Sure you can eat and drink in the car, but it's fun to get a yummy snack or a fresh drink when you're stopped anyway.
But be careful, you don't want to see those nibbles coming back up again ...
No. 2: Bring barf bags and Band-Aids
All the bumps on the road and the curves and the hills. And did you eat chicken nuggets then go on the swirly slide?
Kids and throwing up go hand in hand. It's natural, just like how kids eat paste and like to twirl in circles endlessly.
So when you're confined in a car, be prepared. Bring barf bags. And not just one either.
There is almost nothing worse than driving for days or hours or even seconds in a car that smells like vomit. It's a flat-out trip-ruiner.
Bring some plastic bags. Kids puke a lot; it's just part of life.
And children also get scrapes and cuts. You never know when and you can't predict how, but if your child falls or gets hurt, a package of Band-Aids will offer her some relief.
And it might distract her as you continue down the road.
For our final tip, consider driving giving the kids a rest ...
No. 1: Drive by night
All kids get bored sitting in the car for hours. It's like a law of nature; look it up.
No matter how many videos they watch or how many stops you make, there is nothing like a big nap to occupy your kids for a long time.
Traveling at night means they will be sleepy and it'll be dark. Bring a pillow. Even bring some of their favorite bedtime gear, a stuffed animal or favorite blankie.
If you can manage to stay awake yourself, it's a great time to drive.
The downside is that the kids get a good night's sleep, but mom and dad will be extra sleepy the next day. But sometimes it worth it to have some blissful quiet.
Do you remember what it's like to have quiet time? Us either, but we think it sounds nice.