*TRAVEL: **to go on or as if on a trip or tour; journey*

A charming but slightly insane family has decided to embark on a summer road trip. The family will visit four National Parks, one big city, suburbia and several small towns. The family’s primary accommodation will be their tent, but they will also use hotels and floor space in relatives’ homes. They plan to prepare their own breakfasts and lunches but indulge in restaurant dinners. There are two adults and two children. The entire trip will last two weeks. All travel will occur in a Honda Accord.

Please calculate the following:

- The amount and types of food needed and the location of the first resupply stop.
- The appropriate number of shorts, shirts, socks, pants, coats and shoes for each family member.
- The minimum box size needed to pack kitchen essentials without wasting precious trunk space.
- Then number of toys it will take to keep children (and parents) from losing their minds.
- The weight of the supplies that will be piled on top of each child in the backseat.

Please send your answers to Defining Motherhood. She will review them when she returns in two weeks and let you know if you passed this parenting math test.

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That sounds a lot like the trips we took when I was a kid. I can’t begin to do the math on that, though, because my mom was in charge of that.

So far the answer to my own version of this equation is “More than that.”

Yep, now I’m the mom “in charge of that.” I guess road trip preparations are in the motherhood contract too – right next to the vomit clause (https://definingmotherhood.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/vomit/). It’s true what “they” say…you should ALWAYS read the small print.

I think I would need to know the age and gender of said children to get the best approximate guess. 🙂 But no matter what, good luck! We were thinking of taking a road trip across country with our three girls in the back seat of a Ford Focus but ultimately decided it was a suicide mission!

I see suicide as unlikely, but homocide as possible. 🙂

I was imagining us driving over a cliff.

1. You are tremendously brave. 2. Just got back from a similar insanity-frozen PBJ were my absolute best friends along with apples and chocolate milk. 3. One pair of flip flops one pair of gym shoes or close toe sandals max shoe allowance. 4. HAVE FUN!

Too late for frozen PBJ, but I was just having the shoe debate. 🙂

Take lots of money. In the end it works as well as socks if not better.

Phillip