Four Ways To Make Road Trips With Kids A Breeze

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Anyone who has kids can probably tell you how much they dread road trips. For us, car trips are never an easy feat. We have two older children who LOVE to antagonize each other the second they click their seat belt and the added bonus of a baby WHO HATES SPENDING A SECOND IN THE CAR. It's safe to say that it takes a lot of work to keep them content on trips, whether it's an hour on the road or 10.

Aside from keeping them occupied, I believe it comes down to comfort. I mean, let's be real our seats get a little uncomfortable after a bit of driving so if you're not riding in a booster and/or car seat that keeps you comfortable chances are you're going to be a little grumpy.

When top-selling baby car seat brand, Maxi-Cosi reached out about taking their Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat on vacation I immediately jumped on board. Who says no to the brand that has carried over 50 million babies home from the hospital over the last 30 years?

At first, I was like ok, it's just another car seat. We've been down this road for the last 9 years but my expectations were instantly blown out of the water when this seat arrived and was installed. Luxurious doesn't even begin to describe the Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat that accommodates children from birth to age 10 (5lbs. to 120lbs. - yes, 120 POUNDS!). It transitions flawlessly between the five modes of use: Baby Rear-Facing, Toddler Rear-Facing, Toddler Forward-Facing, Child Forward-Facing and Belt Positioning Booster.
It's the only convertible car seat equipped with Maxi-Cosi's patented Adjustable Side Impact Protection, which creates a customized fit for all grown stages ensuring maximum protection in the proper position.

Naturally, with all Maxi-Cosi car seats, the Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat was designed with comfort and style in mind, incorporating premium fabrics that are not only machine washable (ESSENTIAL) but also features self-wicking fabrics to keep your little ones dry and comfortable in the hot summer months while warm and cozy the rest of the year.

The Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is available in five colors: Night Black, Midnight Slate, Blue Opal, Emerald Tide & Violet Caspia.

- Night Black is photographed -
You can find the Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat at the following retailers for $349.99: Amazon,, Buy Buy Baby,, and Albee Baby.
Indy Digs It.

Now, let's talk about my favorite ways to make road trips with kids a breeze.
4 Ways To Make Road Trips With Kids A Breeze

1. Comfort
We just talked about the Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat and I think it absolutely blows the competition out of the water. I'm tempted to get this for the other two boys who are constant complaining about how uncomfortable their booster seats are...

That being said, you want something that is just as comfortable at hour one and at hour ten.

2. Activities
Before we leave I have the boys pack a bag full of activities for them. Everything from new Lego sets & coloring books to chapter books and puzzles. We do have portable DVD players in the car but I have found that they get bored after a movie or two, so we only rely on those for a short period.

We also play games, like “I Spy on the road.” It keeps them alert and occupied on the road, which means less time for getting on each other's nerves.

3. Snacks
You can't leave home without snacks, even if you're just going to the park down the street. It's a huge necessity when traveling. I usually put together a lunch box or bag for each child with snacks to last several hours—everything from raisins, fresh fruit, little crackers, yogurt, sandwiches, and fruit squeezes. They all have a water bottle in the cup holder to keep them hydrated. The last thing you need on a long road trip is a tired & hungry kid. That's when things get ugly.

4. Short Breaks
When we drive down to our family cabin in North Carolina it usually should only take 10-11 hours, but with three boys in tow we constantly stop and take breaks to stretch, use the restroom, and let them run out of little energy. Stopping every couple of hours makes a huge difference to everyone's mood.

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