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Get Road Trip Ready

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Summer means vacation road trips for lots of families, including ours. My home town in Newfoundland is a long drive (plus a boat ride) from our house. We can make it in a couple long days — and with some careful planning we make sure the hours spent in the car are not miserable. 

Get Road Trip Ready

A few car-friendly activities and a few snacks like these Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups make all the difference.

Before we ever take off, we always make sure our car is in tip-top travel condition. There is nothing worse than starting vacation with car trouble. 

Oil changes or tune-ups are always done — and I even get the car detailed so we feel great sitting inside. 

Lest I sound like I have it all together when it comes to family travel, I’ll expose a bit of a snafu that happened this year: I didn’t get our winter tires removed until last week (eek!). 

Sam on a Road Trip

In my defense — and I know it is weak — we moved a couple of months ago and everything is out of sorts. Not only did we need new tires this year, I needed to find a new service garage. I kept meaning to go but never seemed to find the time.

With the threat of doing a summer road trip with loud winter tire road noise as our soundtrack, I finally took the car in last week to get some great all-season tires put on. It was a bit embarrassing but the guy assured me that it happens all the time…he may have been lying.

Best Tires for Travel

I really like my new Michelin Premier Tires because they look good on my fancy rims and have a limited 100,000 km warranty. 🙂  

Also the high-traction tread is great when roads are wet and you need to brake. The groove design increases hydroplaning resistance, which is one of my big fears when we have to drive through summer thunder storms.

As the tires wear down, the Michelin tire’s rain grooves widen and new grooves open up, which adds gripping power and maintains safe wet traction. (It’s called EverGrip Technology.)

With the car road ready, I turn to the trip itself. For as long as we have been doing trips, we make sure Sam has a box of toys at his reach so he can keep himself entertained during the long days. 

He has always picked them out. The rule is he can bring whatever he wants as long as it all fits in the box. This has helped avoid arguments and on-trip meltdowns as the toys were all Sam’s choices.

Along the route, I pick out a few tourist or family-friendly spots where we can stop and have some fun. It makes the trip a little longer, but also gives everyone in the car something to look forward to.

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I also make sure we pack some amazing nibbley-dibbleys. Food and road trips go hand-in-hand!

Strawberry Puree for Fruit Roll Ups

We all love these fruit roll ups. They’re great for noshing, whether it’s a long road trip or just an after-school snack.

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

Happy trails!

Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups
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Ingredients
  1. 32 ounces of strawberries (I used two 16 ounce containers)
  2. 1 cup peaches
  3. ¼ cup sugar
  4. 1 T lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Puree all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Place a sieve over a bowl and strain out all the seeds.
  3. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking sheet. Pour a layer about 1/8 inch thick. (Use a toothpick to test for thickness. I made too much and had to take some away).
  4. Place in an oven preheated to 170 degrees for 5-6 hours. After 6 hours, turn the oven off and let it set with the door closed until the middle is completely firm.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. Peel the sheet off the silicone mat and transfer to a piece of parchment paper the same size as the fruit roll up.
  7. Cut the parchment paper and the fruit roll up together. I cut it in half long ways, then I cut each half in thirds for a total of 6 pieces. Or cut each half into fourths to make 8 pieces. Roll each section up and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.