At Traveling Mom, “we’ve been there.” Being there means you also have to get there, so we’ve been on our share of road trips! Along the way we’ve made a mistake or two. We’re sharing our road trip fails to help your next adventure go more smoothly. See you on the road!
Vomiting valet? We’ve been there. Nursing at 65MPH? Been there. XXX movie marathon on our cell phone bill? We’ve been there, too!
I’ve done the drive between DC and Florida six times in the past year and have had my share of fails, too. Twice I waited until after midnight to try to book a hotel room for the next exit and realized that online sites are now in the NEXT day- not the actual time you need the room! Lesson learned: pull over before 11:59 p.m. to get that room booked.
On this last trip, I tested out the new Ford Fusion Sport. I can confidently report that the car is smarter than I am! From keeping me from lane straying to the adaptive cruise control that slows down automatically when a car is too close, the Fusion is jam packed with features to keep you both safe and comfortable.
While our last trip was fail-free, I know the next road trip fail is just around the corner. I hope sharing our stories will help prevent a disaster for you.
Bodily Fluid Road Trip Fails
Nasreen Stump, Road Warrior Traveling Mom: It doesn’t matter how potty trained you think your kids are. Bring them to the bathroom in the middle of the night even if they’re sleeping and put the piddle pad things on their carseats. Lesson learned the hard way!
Sarah Pittard, Solo Traveling Mom: I left a bottle of formula under a seat in a Miami parking garage for two days. The valet threw up when he brought our car out.
Sticky Finger Road Trip Fails
Breeze Leonard, Bonding Traveling Mom: My phone was stolen in Missouri when I left it in a bathroom and someone stole it and used 15gb of data watching x rated videos all night! Make sure your devices like phone and tablets are protected with a passcode.
Karen Heffren, Desert Traveling Mom: We had our luggage stolen on our honeymoon. We questioned where we parked at the far end of a lot but did it anyway… stupidest mistake ever. Now we know: when stopping for food, shopping at outlets, etc park near the front of the entrance or don’t stop.
After Midnight, and Everything is NOT All Right
Teronya Holmes, Storytelling Traveling Mom: We had the brilliant idea to travel all night from Tennessee to Florida/WDW so the baby would sleep the entire trip (he was sleeping through the night by this point). We were hoping to take turns sleeping and driving and beginning our vacation a day early. Wrong. He started screaming in Asheville and seriously didn’t stop until Orlando! I was riding in the backseat trying everything to make him stop – including breastfeeding while he was in the carseat! It was an impressive sight to see, I’m sure, and I was thankful for the cover of darkness. We were exhausted the first day of our vacation, obviously.
Amanda Jones, Rural Traveling Mom: Pulling a trailer/5th wheel adds a considerable amount of time to Google maps directions and estimated drive time based on average legal speed – not poking along in a large vehicle. So, when your destination seems attainable by supper, you might roll in at 3 a.m. instead.
No Item Left Behind
Tami Mittan, Outdoorsy Traveling Mom: I forgot to take a suitcase roll call! Last summer I shopped for my two kids for our big California Summer Road Trip vacation. Washed all their new outfits, packed them carefully… and left my son’s entire suitcase in our foyer. He got a second new summer wardrobe in Cali! At least he looked cute in his new duds…
Nasreen Stump, Road Warrior Traveling Mom: If you have a kid on the cusp of a booster seat/5 point harness use a 5 point harness on a road trip, especially if they are going to sleep. Otherwise you end up with a leaning-over kid barely in his seat belt.
Technology Road Trip Fails
Audra Rogers: Encouraging Traveling Mom: I forgot to call my bank and tell them I was traveling out of state. My card was flagged and blocked for fraud charges before I checked in to the hotel and I was in the hotel lobby on the phone with the bank for an hour with excited, restless kids getting the card unblocked.
Jana Seitzer, Geek Traveling Mom: Always have a hard copy map because inevitably you’ll end up the back woods of somewhere that GPS doesn’t work and you’ll be glad you had the map when you need to find an alternate route because yours was washed out or closed.
Share your road trip fails in the comments- this is a safe space!