Today we take our annual trip to Florida to see family and friends. I get to go a few times a year with the kids but Kyle only gets to come with us once a year.
Have you ever traveled with kids? It’s insanity packing for our family. Kyle and I share a large Briggs & Riley suitcase, Madilyn and Grady share a large Vera Bradley beach bag, and Styles gets his own little carry-on luggage. We each take a backpack with our doo-dads and gadgets too, plus a diaper bag full of clean cloth diapers, a cooler for snacks, blankets for the babies, and some board games so that we have something to do with the family in down times. “OH HONEY! Don’t forget the Co-Sleeper!”
We drive a Dodge Grand Caravan with Stow-N-Go, our van is still packed to the brim and we’re only going to visit family, not even a legitimate vacation!
I generally throw clothing into the luggage and gather up the baby items (CRAP, I think I forgot the baby wash and lotion!). I never pay attention to the toys I’m bringing. I sometimes forget my knickers or toothbrush, but I NEVER, EVER leave the house without a solid assortment of snacks and lunch choices.
Kyle is extremely frugal and I’m learning to be. In addition, we try to watch what we eat so I have gotten into the habit of packing enough for each person to have lunch so that we don’t have to waste time, money, or healthy options stopping at fast food restaurants along the way.
Because my kids have been obsessed with Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches as of late, I thought I’d warm some up just before we left the house so that they’d be ready whenever Madilyn got hungry (Styles is already in Florida with his grandparents). I also packed string cheese, almonds, mandarin oranges, bananas, my breast pump for milk on the go, and some sippable fruit for Grady.
It is a 4 hour drive from Savannah to Orlando, FL where Kyle’s parents and my mom live. I figured that Madilyn would sleep until St. Augustine which is about 3 hours into the trip. I also knew that as soon as she woke up, she’d be hungry and I’d need something quick.
Without fail, she woke up just north of St. Augustine and I was able to open the package and hand her one of the sandwiches. She scarfed it down then asked for an “OWANGE” to go with her “Watah”.
We didn’t have to stop one single time on the way down because we had packed plenty of food to eat. I was super thankful for the Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches because they were already done, and they’re a meal. I didn’t have to feel bad about feeding Madilyn only snacks the whole way down, and I didn’t have to worry about sticky peanut butter which would have been our other sandwich option.
My only concern was that the bread would be rock hard by the time Madilyn wanted to eat it. You know how that happens; hard, microwaved bread. Yuck. I kept the sandwich package closed after I took it out of the microwave and I guess the humidity in the package was enough to keep the bread soft. There was no difference in the texture of the bread from when the kids eat them at home directly out of the microwave.
Seriously consider picking up a package before your next trip out of town. I microwaved them for a total of 80 seconds and threw them in a grocery bag for the trip. A box of Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches costs $5.18 at my Walmart which is cheaper than a Meal Deal at a Fast Food Restaurant. AND, Tyson is offering a $5 Walmart gift card if you buy two boxes of Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches. That’s like getting a box for free. Food for the whole family, round trip!
Man it feels good to be a gangsta…I mean…a smart traveler.
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