10 Signs You’ve Become a Road Trip Family

Summer is coming to a close. Like many families, we did our fair share of traveling by way of road trip. Whether we were spanning multiple states or just visiting a neighboring town for a quick getaway, a sort of kinship has developed between us and the paved pathways that decorate our great land. Now, when I hear Willie Nelson’s, “On the Road Again,” I think to myself, “I feel ya, bro. Like a band of gypsies…”

On one of these voyages, I realized we have become a “road trip family.” The following truths make us Griswold-certified:

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  1. We no longer think 12 cup holders in our minivan is excessive.
  2. Our bladders perk up when my husband suddenly commands, “Okay Google. Launch Gas Buddy app.” Bathroom break, ho!
  3. My kids stopped asking, “What state are we in?” and learned to just take a quick survey of surrounding license plates for the most prevalent one.
  4. We know names of radio DJs in neighboring states.
  5. Traveling first class means we vacuumed out the car beforehand. And hung an air freshener from the rearview mirror.
  6. I take inevitable traffic delays into consideration when figuring out exactly how many movies I should download or rent from the library prior to the trip.
  7. We refer to a destination 3 hours away as “a quick jaunt.”
  8. Our kids can tell the difference between soybean, corn, wheat, and alfalfa crops without ever having stepped foot on a farm.
  9. Dramamine is a regular item on my Target list.
  10. Whenever we pass a semi on the road, our son points to the driver in the cab and says, “Look! It’s future me!” So much for banking on him becoming an orthodontist.

The family that road trips together, stays together. Besides, doesn’t it make sense that our kids should EARN their vacation, damn it? No quick jet-set to the beach, kids. Holding your pee builds character.

But please stage an intervention if you see that we’ve traded in our minivan for an RV.


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  1. Love this it reminds me of my childhood

  2. I love this – I can’t wait for #3. It takes so long to get out of Texas, I get really tired of hearing the 5yo asking “are we still in Texas?”

    • Well, with Texas, the answer is probably usually “yes.” It’s so dang big!!! Funny story though…when we took a road trip to Indianapolis over Spring break, we had just literally pulled out of our neighborhood when my youngest said, “Are we still in Missouri?” My husband and I looked at each other like, “This is going to be a long trip.”

  3. Best line, “So much for banking on him becoming an orthodontist.” Very funny post and a great one to wrap up summer!

    • Just a week or so before he said that about being a truck driver, he seriously talked about being an orthodontist. And I thought, “I can get behind this”…probably because my oldest just got braces, so I know how much money we are shelling out to our ortho!

  4. Loved it! Laughed reading “pee” point and dvd download criteria….its so true!

  5. I can’t wait for this! We just did a trip from FL to Atlanta, GA with our 6-month-old and it was hellish! I know it won’t get “easier”, but I’m really excited for her to be a little more tolerant in the car so we can do road trips.

  6. Loved this! We live in such an awesome spot that we don’t road trip during summers but it’s on my list to do more this fall(of course keeping football and hockey games in mind). I’d love to hear more about how you stopped the in car fighting and “are we there yet?’s”

    • Thank you! And I’m afraid I don’t have any magic strategies. It’s simply called, “they get older.” Road trips are a whole new experience as the kids age!

  7. […] 10 Signs You’ve Become A Road Trip Family                                                                                                                    We are not a road trip family(3 boys and 1 mom – it’s an intimidating idea) but after reading this I’m very excited to put on my thinking cap and plan a few for the fall! Hoping Kelly shares her secret to solving “Are we there yet?” soon. Anyone else have any great tips? Please share! […]

  8. I love family road trips. I am so glad our kids like to travel as much as we do.

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