Traveling Traditions

by Fawn Rechkemmer on December 23, 2013

By Sarah Kerner of Beauty School Dropout.

Traveling Traditions
Many people will be traveling this week and next to visit friends and family over the holidays. As I was thinking about my post for this week, I realized that no matter where I’m traveling, I have a few little traditions that make my travels a little more enjoyable.

Hydrate. I always try to drink lots of water when I’m traveling, but when the flight attendant pushes that little cart down the airplane aisle, I always order ginger ale. I almost never drink soda, so it’s a little treat, plus the ginger is excellent for soothing an upset stomach, which almost always seems to happen at some point while travelings.

Light reading. Normally, I love to read novels (historical fiction and mysteries are my favorite), blogs and cookbooks (yes, I read cookbooks). But when I’m traveling? Gimme a trashy celebrity mag!

Idle Hands… I always try to pack at least one craft project that I can work on in the car/plane/train and at my destination if I have any free time. I find my patience level increases significantly if I’m able to focus a little of my attention on the project at hand rather than petty frustrations that can happen while on the road.

Screen time. I have two small children, so entertaining them while traveling is essential. It’s become a bit of a tradition for me to go on a last-minute new-kids-app buying spree to make all those miles in the car pass a little more quickly. Normally I’m kind of a stickler about not letting the kids watch too much TV or playing too many games on the phone/tablet, but when we’re on a long trip, they’re such a sanity-saver.

Snacky snacks. I love to stock up on a few fun snacks for the road… this is gas station cuisine at its finest, people. Cheese popcorn, various sweet & salty snack mixes, and peanut butter filled preztels are favorites in my family. (Do you see why I need the ginger ale?) Our classic snack-food stop is Osceola Cheese while traveling between Springfield and Kansas City… family photo with the giant mouse statute NOT OPTIONAL. (I get a little punchy on long car trips.)

Do you have any “traveling traditions”?

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Sarah Kerner is our MOWB Blogger of the Month. Read more from Sarah every Monday in December here at MOWB and on her blog, Beauty School Dropout. You can also find her on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.

Shana Norris December 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

I’ve never heard of Osceola cheese but I have such fond memories of touring cheese production facilities in Wisconsin while on a road trip years ago that I think I need to check it out. Not to mention that cheese just tastes better when you buy it right where it’s made, right?!

Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout December 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Yes! You will drive right past it if you come to Springfield on Rte. 13. (Although it’s more of a people watching spot than anything too fancy when it comes to the cheese… but I do like their cheese curds!)

Tamara December 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

As a kid we would do 12 hour car rides to South Carolina! We would leave at night and always get McDonald’s breakfast. Not sure why because it never happened the rest of the year.
And we’d pack string cheese, sandwiches and juice boxes and I’d eat at 3:00 am, just because I could!

Tacy December 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Loved this. Pulled a fast one on us with the light reading!

MOM December 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Sarah,
Can you believe that I have never stopped at Osceola Cheese???

MOM

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