My mom and I were planning to make the trek alone (the U will join us in a week or so and then fly back because of work), but my brother has decided to accompany us on the trip, which makes us all a little more relaxed about the trip.
It will either work out fine, or it will be sheer torture for us all, but the idea of having all of our crap with us for the two weeks that we'll be at the beach house is priceless to me.
While I think that I've managed to feel comfortable enough on a three hour flight with HUT, I am not at all prepared for a multi-hour adventure in the car with him. As a child who has never been too fond of his carseat, this should be very interesting.
We plan to wake super early, hit the road, feed him breakfast in the car, drive for a bit, stop to stretch our legs, drive a bit more, stop for lunch, drive a bit more and arrive at our hotels each afternoon in enough time for HUT to run around, get his energy out, head to dinner and then do it all over again the next day. We've purchased a dvd player to attach to his headrest for entertainment and will bring a cooler with snacks along as well.
At least, that's the plan. I'm sure he'll dictate how that actually works.
So I'm asking for your help - if you've traveled with your toddler, or another, on a road trip - what worked best for you? And good tips or tricks for keeping them entertained?