Jed and I drove to Phoenix and back last weekend with the twins. We drove at night to get there (7.5 hours) and during the day, taking the scenic route, to get back (12 hours).
Here is a short list of lessons learned.
Do plan your departures well. Organization is key. We left at our planned time each way because we planned ahead and were ready when the twins were.
Do pack light. Our kids wore pajamas. Baby carriers were way more space efficient than a giant twin stroller. The most complicated part of our traveling was the pumping/bottles/cooler.
Do pee on the side of the road. This may sound strange, but I definitely prefer highway peeing than gas station peeing. This might be something that can only be accomplished in a rural place. And yes, it takes a little more coordination for a female than a male, but when your baby is lulled to sleep when you pass the truck stop, you’ll regret not peeing behind a bush when you had the chance. When they wake up, that’s when you can pee.
Do accept all those snacks your grandma wants to send you with. Goldfish crackers and chocolate candy can easily get you through a whole day.
Do take pictures next to cacti.
Do meet other mommy bloggers during your trip. We met Risa and her two youngest daughters for coffee an hour into our trip. Definitely worth the stop!!
Do have a great traveling companion. We didn’t turn the radio on at all on the trip home, but Jed and I never ran out of topics. From the Chinese economy to whether Baltic amber necklaces work or are voodoo witch doctor mumbo jumbo, we had plenty to talk about. (we are going to try the necklaces before coming to a conclusion)
Do pump on the road (if you pump). If a trucker gets an eyeful, oh well. Drive faster.
Do not be afraid to stop at interesting places. Your kids need a break too.
Do not drink too much caffeine. See the peeing post above.
Do not be afraid to take the scenic route.
Do not be intimidated.
Traveling at night seemed to work well, but the twins had a horrible day after that. When we traveled during the day they still slept that night, didn’t fuss until about 30 minutes from home, and we got to see things! 11.5 hours appears to be their limit.