T -2 months until my first child gets his first ride (home from the hospital) in my Land Cruiser! It's taken a little time, but my wife is fully onboard and even enjoys making moderate (10-15 hr one way) trips while camping out of my truck.
I was talking to my mom last week when she brought up how well my brother and travelled with them, even at young ages. Knowing friends who complain about how hard it is to travel with their children, I inquired about how my mother thought we got that way.
Though she didn't remember the specifics, she said that she and my dad purposely started early taking us on short trips to prepare us for eventual trips to the grandparents who lived 6-10 hours away, in separate directions.
We did well on small trips, moved on to longer trips, and eventually began traveling to Haiti with my parents (I was 6, my brother 4) on medical mission trips. And on, and on.
What great experiences! As others in this forum can attest to, it shapes your life in positive ways.
So as my wife and I prep for our first child, I'm wondering what tips you current and former parents of infants and toddlers have for prepping them for longer trips. Just as my grandparents were hours away, so my children's grandparents are hours away. I also would like to work toward a trip to Mexico (from MD) that's gonna be a few years off.
What advice you got?! My mom couldn't remember how they started it ~30 years ago. My dad would know, but he died a year ago this month so I can't ask him .
Thanks for any advice!!!!