Changing the Tone of, “Are We There Yet?”

Over the last weekend we loaded our three kids up into the SUV and headed for a popular road trip destination and an Airbnb tucked away in a little canyon retreat. With three boys, 10, 6, and 15 months, any drive longer than five minutes has a high probability of spiraling into a series of impatient pleas to stop for treats or to get some time away from the one sibling that just won’t stop touching the other. At some point, all three kids come to agree on one thing, they want to know if they are there yet, and they want to ask often how much longer it will be until we are there.

Fully expecting this trip to be an echo of past trips, my wife and I tried to calm one another’s nerves before setting out, but to our surprise, this trip was quite different than what we are used to. The kids stayed calm, quiet, and the one time they asked if we were close to getting there, it was because they were worried about their time in the car running out. What?!

So how did this blessed bizarro world come upon us? It was a pretty simple change to our packing list, actually. For this trip, we gave the kids the Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray and let them bring along a few things of their choosing to pair with the trays. Just simply having a solid surface to accommodate their games, snacks, and a drink helped the kids stay calm and comfortable in the car. Instead of focusing on what they didn’t have or what they wanted, the kids had all they needed at hand and were enjoying the ride more than ever.

Another bonus throughout the trip is that the Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray helped to keep all the kids’ stuff gathered together. We didn’t have loose game cartridges, crayons, or coloring books strewn across the back seat or car floor, and the kids could easily bring their entertainment between the car and the Airbnb. The difference between this trip and previous trips was night and day.

Head over to the store to get a look at more information on the Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray and make sure to pick one up for each of your kids before that next big road trip. With Labor Day, a huge road trip holiday approaching, you have plenty of time to order.