#TravelTuesday | Road Trip – How To Prepare For The Worst

Road trips are a great way to get out and see the world. There is so much to see and experience within driving distance of your own house but road trips can also have a few negative side effects (a few we are way to familiar with). So how can you prepare for these little hiccups without totally ruining your trip?

Well, when it comes to kids and road trip traveling there are two things that I can think of that could go totally wrong.

  1. Car sickness. This is one we have experienced far too many times.
    • First off if you know your child has a sensitive stomach make sure that they eat at least 45 minutes before you head out on the road. This give them enough time to digest their food and hopefully reduces the risk of you all seeing it again.
    • Second, avoid snacks if possible. I know with small children this isn’t always possible especially when your road trip is multiple hours so if a snack is a necessity then plan it into your trip and stop at a park, nature area or rest stop so you can enjoy a snack, move your body and hopefully again prevent any stomach upset. Also stick to foods that are light and easy to digest such as bananas, apples and crackers.
    • Third, prepare the carseat with a piddle pad just incase sickness can’t be prevented. This will help in the cleaning process later (psst best to have a back up just in case).
    • Fourth, TOWELS! Yes, make sure you have towels and a trash bag to do a quick clean up.
    • Fifth (and totally optional), have essential oils such as lavender, digestive blend, or ginger on hand. These are incredibly helpful in reducing feelings of nausea. You can breath in from the bottle, apply to the bottoms of your feet (I recommend diluting with fractionated coconut oil) or pick up a car diffuser.
  2. Potty Break or Baby Blowouts.
    • Bring a portable potty. This is great for when your little ones need to use the bathroom but there just isn’t anywhere to stop. You can pullover put in one of the potty bags, they can do their thing and you are back on the road without any accidents.
    • Blowouts and babies seem to just go together so have a little station prepared so when a blow out occurs you are prepared. Make sure you have diapers, wipes, an extra outfit (or two), and little trash bags to make the process super smooth. I am thinking that we might need one of these caddy‘s for our upcoming summer travel – if you have tired it let me know in the comments below.

What are your prepare for the worst travel tips?

Have you ever had an ‘oh no’, ‘ugh, gross’ or ‘why me?’ travel situation? How did you deal?

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[Travel Oregon] Christmas In The Garden at Oregon Garden Resort

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We recently had the opportunity to stay at the Oregon Garden Resort and to visit their Christmas In The Garden. We had attended the Christmas In The Garden last year but we didn’t get to really visit the garden or the resort so we we were thrilled to have the opportunity to do both. Luckily this year besides being a bit chilly we lucked out and had no rain.

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Now Christmas In The Garden is a yearly event that happens at the Oregon Gardens. It features a traditional German Christmas Market and has a beautiful display of lights through the forest. This year they even had an ice skating rink that we unfortunately didn’t get a chance to visit but it looked really fun. 2015_11_29_OregonGarden-26

We arrived in the afternoon, checked into our room and had a snack before heading down to Christmas in The Garden. It was so nice to be able to just head straight from our room and walk over through the garden. Such a beautiful spot and I imagine even more beautiful in the Spring when everything is in bloom.
2015_11_29_OregonGarden-21These guys got right into the spirit and jumped into the sleigh to pretend they were off on a ride through the snow.

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Throughout the forest there are these little spots to stop and sit by the fire. Its so pretty and such a nice spot to warm up unless you have little ones who find the fire amazing and want to try and touch it. Maybe another year we will be able to enjoy these fun little spots.

2015_11_29_OregonGarden-3For my fellow Elf lovers you’ll love this light display as well. One of my favorite scenes in the movie.

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We were visiting on a Sunday so things seemed a little bit quite. I remember that last year their was live music and the garden was bustling and there were also a few more children’s activities such as face painting which we were sadly informed doesn’t happen on Sundays. Anyways we walked around checking out all the light displays, stopped for some chocolate, popcorn and a beer before taking our two exhausted little ones back to our room where we turned on the fire place, enjoyed some snacks and watched a Christmas movie.

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Overall we had a nice visit to the Oregon Garden Resort and Christmas in The Garden. The kids loved all the lights and walking through the forest at night. The accommodations at the resort were very nice and I loved that we had a little balcony off the back of our room that over looked the garden. We didn’t get to take advantage of the hot tub or the spa but I’m sure they are nice. The only thing I would suggest if you do plan to visit the resort is that you look at the suggestions for places to eat in the area or take advantage of the mini-fridge and microwave in your room. 2015_11_29_oregongarden-bed

We want to thank the Oregon Garden Resort for allowing us to stay with them and to visit the Christmas in The Garden this year. We look forward to visiting again in the Spring to see all of the beautiful greenery and flowers in bloom.

 

Christmas in the Garden will take place through Jan. 3 (excluding Dec. 24 and Dec. 25). Event hours and activities vary by date; for a complete breakdown, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/christmas-in-the-garden.

The Oregon Garden Resort is also hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31 with live music in its Fireside Lounge. If you’re interested they have a family package includes admission to the outdoor ice-skating rink and Christmas in The Garden, a s’mores kits to enjoy by fire pits, a bottle of sparkling cider and party favors.