We love loading up our little short bus and heading out to explore Eastern Washington. It’s a beautiful part of the country! But, messes on a road trip always seem to happen.
On our last journey, we ended up with:
- A stinky diaper and wipes
- A drawing that Owen ripped
- A couple of crayon wrappers
- Snack wrappers
- The edges of paper ripped out of a notebook
That’s a lot of trash from a day trip!
And when that trash makes it to the bus floor, it tends to stay there awhile. By the time we get home, everyone’s tired and ready to head inside. No one wants to stop right then and clean the bus.
So, I came up with a solution, testing it on our last trip. It worked wonders! And now I always know what to pack.
A Simple Solution for Eliminating Messes on Road Trips
Quart-sized Ziploc bags are now a necessity for road trips for my family! It’s easy to get them on the bus.
To keep costs low, we typically pack everyone a lunchbox with a sandwich, some snacks, and a juice box. So I just make sure I pack one item for each lunch box in a quart-sized bag instead of a smaller one.
Now, everyone has their own personal trash bag. As they accumulate their plastic wrap and smaller bags, they can toss everything into their Ziploc bag.
If we have a poopy diaper, they fit well inside this sized bag. Even a bigger Owen diaper! And then I can seal it shut and we don’t have to smell anything!
By the time we make it home, everyone has a bag that they can toss in the dumpster before heading into the house:
Our bus looked way better, and there weren’t any huge messes to clean up. Such a nicer end to a road trip!
And as a bonus, we got our first pic of all eight kids on this trip. The pictures taken with Bryan’s camera haven’t been edited yet, but here’s a sneak peek I took with my phone:
Any Road Trips Planned?
Are you heading out on any road trips this summer? I’d love to hear about your plans! Will you be packing any quart-sized bags for the messes?
Car Games for Road Trips
If you need some new games to play, give these a try: