Traveling With a Houseful and a Car full….

So, the Nicholes will be embarking on a long distance trip, hitting up Birmingham, Alabama, New Orleans, Louisiana, possibly Houston, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee. Whew. That almost made me tired just typing. We are, if you haven’t realized, driving.

*let that marinate*

Driving with a two year old, a ten year old, and a mommy pregnant with twins, and a dad who gets six hours of sleep each night at best. Now, we are no strangers to long distance travel at all. Having been to New York, New Jersey, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and Wisconsin, we are used to being in a car for long periods of time. We’re just now adding a toddler, because all of the previous trips, she was an infant, and slept for the better parts of the trips, and a pregnant mama  who has to get out almost every two hours to stretch her legs and use the rest stop facilities. It’s going to take a LOT of planning at best, and strategic stops. For the most part, I am SO excited. we’re hitting states that we haven’t been to ever, and my son gets to add pins to his US map.

I’m not ashamed to say, that I am mostly excited about the culinary experience that we are going to have in New Orleans. I’m looking forward to po boys, beignets, shrimp, oysters, food, food, and more food. Did I mention that I’m looking forward to the food? I’ve already cleared my seafood consumption with my doctor and I was told what I have to avoid which of course includes tuna (but who wants to eat TUNA in NEW ORLEANS?) and some other exotic fish. I can live with that.

Anyhow, I’m wondering, I’m pretty versed in long distance car travel, but not under our current circumstances. We’ve already planned to leave in the evening, so that we can get most of our driving done while the ladybug sleeps. We’ve also decided to have plenty of snacks on hand for ALL of us and to just take it easy. No rushing to get there, no pushing the limit when we   Papa Nicholes gets tired, and no trying to fit fifty million things into one day. We’re going to enjoy this vacation. We can, we will, we must.

Do any of you travel long distance in cars? How do you survive? How about when you were pregnant? How about when your wife was pregnant? How about when you had a toddler? What methods did you use? Share with us!


  1. Hayden says:

    Sooooo which part of all of this is actually a vacation?!?!? WOW! That seems like a lot but I know the Nicholes so I know that you will be just fine.

    When we drove to Chicago (what was that for again…) we did the same thing: leave around bed time so the majority of the driving is done during when the kid sleeps. Here's the draw back: that's normally when YOU sleep too so your sleep cycle gets thrown off a bit. Hopefully you should be fine.

    You will totally enjoy the food in New Orleans and don't forget to get that pork chop for Shomari at Emerill's!

  2. Cosmopolitan Kids says:

    God bless you all! The longest I traveled by car when preggo was New York to DC. I couldn't do it. The need to pee stopped me. Enjoy the trip and don't forget – Court of Two Sisters and Mothers…

  3. N. Nicholes says:

    Hayden – Actually, we've done pretty well! By having it spread out over so many days, we're managing to stay pretty stress free. The good thing about leaving at night, and having a day of rest in between – Mr. Nicholes was able to catch up on his sleep. Thank goodness because I'm spoiled and I don't do too much driving.

    Cosmo – Yeah, the urge to go to the bathroom became pretty strong once or twice, and you know NOT drinking water on the road can be dangerous. And we kept stopping every two hours to make sure that I stayed okay. We'll see what our next vacation looks like. LOL!

  4. Alissa says:

    Traveling by car is the main way we travel & we're traveling no less than 2 hrs per trip with the most being 12 hours to NJ. We survive by taking snacks on the road with us, making sure the kids get out and potty and stretch when we stop for gas and such. The last trip we took was 8 hrs and we didn't leave until 10 pm *long story* but in the end, it was the best for the kids, except for the 4 month old, she was ready to get out her car seat & this was her 1st major road trip, but after frick & frack got the excitement out & it got dark, they went to sleep & pretty much stayed that way until we arrived at 5 am.

    When I was pregnant, we had many more stops b/c of potty breaks & my sisters laughed at me b/c I always had to potty at a certain resturant, but we made that 7 hr trip in 8.5 hrs *thanks to me*

    I could always travel with my kid from pregnancy and even now. I always take lots snacks, drinks, & things to keep him occupied like a DVD player, tractors, & trucks. Hope this helps & you guys have a great road trip!

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