It is safe to say that during the first year of your twins' lives, traveling any great distance—whether it's by plane, by car, or however—is a heroic effort.
When taking a road trip, you're going to need to remind yourself to keep the mood as light as possible. The unexpected will undoubtedly occur—maybe terrible traffic or a baby who poops three times in four hours—but you will get to your final destination, so keep patience and a sense of humor in your back pocket at all times.
My husband and I often remind ourselves it could be worse: We could be the traveling brood that is the Jolie-Pitt clan. How on earth do they do it? I'm not sure, but I can tell you what works for us:
- Plan the trip around the twins' sleep schedule. Most babies fall asleep in the car. In the twins' early days, if you can travel at night—beginning your journey right on schedule with the babies' bedtime—they will easily fall asleep in the car. You can also plan your departure around a nap time and make a rest stop at about the time they should wake up.
- Pack wisely. Even with larger vehicles, pack for your trip as efficiently as possible. For example, if you will have access to a washing machine and dishwasher at your final destination, do not overpack clothing or bottles/sippy cups.
- Stock the car ahead of time. Fill the tank with gas, load up on drinks and snacks for the adults, and have the car packed and organized before putting the twins in the vehicle.
- Always keep the diaper bag and toys within arm's reach. This way, you can easily get what you need and can pass things to the twins.
- Purchase pacifier connector clips. This is key if your twins use pacifiers. If a paci falls out, you can somewhat easily reach behind you and place it back into the tot's mouth.
- Do not allow a lot of snacks for the twins in the car. In fact, we recommend no snacks in the first year so that you don't have to deal with the hassle of cleaning. Instead, make stops when it's time to eat; this also gives everyone a change in environment and a chance to get some fresh air.
- Have cribs waiting at your final destination if at all possible. Arriving to even just one crib is so helpful. Two pack and plays take up a lot of trunk space, so if there is any way to avoid packing two of those, you should.
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