Keeping snacks off the minivan floor

Labor Day is nearly here and it’s one of the biggest driving days of the year. The entire holiday weekend sees families packing their cars, SUVs, and minivans full of snacks, toys, electronics, and luggage as they head off to give summer one final hurrah.

To get where we want to go in a reasonable amount of time and to make the trip a bit more fun, we usually bring along a selection of snacks to keep us on the road and to help us from having those hangry kid meltdowns from the back seats. Unfortunately, and far too often, by the time we get back home from the trip, that once nice gray carpet has taken on the color of nacho cheese flavor dusted chocolate chip cookies.

With a little preparation, however, it’s not that hard to keep things from getting messy once the snacks are brought out. For kids, the E-Z Travel Lap Tray gives them a great surface for snacking and helps to keep snacks from rolling around and finding their way under seats and smashed into the floor. For those passing snacks around, the Slide N Save Reusable Bags are much better than plastic baggies or plastic bins. Easy to pass around, easy to reseal, and able to stand up on their own, the Slide N Save Reusable Bags work great for small dry snacks, fruit, vegetables, and homemade snack mixes. Not only will they help prevent spills, they also keep your snacks fresh and organized.

Instead of looking down to see a handful of chocolate malted milk balls rolling up and under your pedals as you drive, check out our store and plan on keeping things a bit more tidy as you experience summer’s last great weekend.

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.

Make Holiday Road Trips More Enjoyable with ModFamily

As Halloween wraps up, it’s time to start solidfying our holiday plans. For many parents, it often means extra time spent behind the wheel. As we prepare for big family dinners, visits to a loved one’s home, holiday shopping trips, or road trip to holiday destinations, things can get pretty stressful with all the extra time we spend driving, often in overly crowded highways and parking lots. All this in itself can be stressful, but when you are also trying your best to keep your kids entertained, it takes everything to a whole new level. Here are a few of our favorite travel products to help make time on the road a little less crazy.

Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray
Few things can help extend a kid’s patience in a car like the Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray. Allowing kids to have a stable platform to color, snack, play a game, or to put a drink really keeps them from feeling closed in and bored on the road.

O-Sip! Silicone Sippy Lids
There are few things worse than sitting at a stoplight and hearing that sound of a drink getting spilled in the back seat. You scramble to throw a handful of napkins over the spill and hope that it won’t stain. Meanwhile, your kid starts crying over their lost drink and drivers behind you star to honk to let you know the light has changed. Avoid all this while still allowing your kids to have a drink on the go with the O-Sip! Silicone Sippy Lids. Secure, easy to use with any container, and reliable, these lids will save your sanity along with the interior of your car.

travel tray

Baby Nook Beach Tent
Ok, so you can’t really put a tent up while you’re driving, but giving your little one a place to nap or decompress after being cooped up in a car seat can make visiting family and friends in their home much more enjoyable. The Baby Nook Beach Tent sets up in seconds and is easy to pack along, even in small cars. Don’t cut your visits short, and make your kids comfortable throughout the holiday season by giving them a quiet space to unwind in after extended time in the car.

baby nook

As you’re out on the road, make sure to bring along a few travel products from ModFamily. We really hope that you enjoy your upcoming holidays, whether you’re on the road to visit family and friends afar or if you’re staying close to home.