Y’all, Texas is huge. I’m talking massive. El Paso, on the west side, is closer to Los Angeles than it is east Texas. Why does this matter? It matters because it means that anytime you want to go to another city, it’s a real road trip for most people. Road tripping with kids is a life skill that I was blessed to have been taught as a very small child, when we’d road trip to see family in Dallas or small-town Hill Country from Dallas, Houston, Austin, and/or San Antonio.
So, how DO you go road tripping with kids? How do you travel Texas, particularly with small children? Here are 5 easy steps to keep you sane on your long drive from one Texas town to another!
Road Tripping with Kids: How to Travel Texas with Kids
- Fill up with gas before you leave– One less stop makes for a faster-feeling trip and less cranky kiddos.
- Plan your stops– I highly recommend a Whataburger (get a #4 with grilled onion and grilled jalapeno) or DQ stop (those Dilly bars are to die for!). We always stopped to pick up some dinner, a big ole iced tea, and something sweet to go. It made the last half of the trip go faster, and usually put us to sleep with full bellies.
- Turn on the Sound of Music– or a movie of your choice, but I happen to know that the distance from Austin to Dallas is exactly the length of the Sound of Music. My dad is not a fan (anymore), but my sisters and I know every word! Besides, what’s more fun in the car than a sing-along?
- One word: Buc-ees– You’ll never stop at another gas station again (when you have the option). It’s like walking into the Emerald City. Beavers everywhere (because who doesn’t love beavers?), the most ridiculous (-ly awesome) selection of car snacks, and restrooms that are cleaner than your own at home. Trust me. Just stop at Buc-ees.
- A car diffuser– Diffuse the Restful Blend to help settle kiddos down, peppermint to help with motion sickness, or any citrus oil to help wake you up on the long drive.
It’s crazy how far apart our cities are in this state so figuring out how to travel Texas with kids is a challenge, but there IS a way to go road tripping with kids that can still maintain Mama and Daddy’s sanity! Do you get to fly instead? Check out my tips on how to fly with kids and how to pack your carry-on!