#2 Packing to much! Okay, it was a 10 day road trip. We needed everything we brought, but I underestimated the amount of luggage we would be adding to the van after picking up the oldest son in Savannah, Georgia. It was crowded but we made it work. Lesson Learned: Always plan more space than you think you will need for the return trip.
#3 Not being prepared for throw up. With kids in car... there is a good chance someone will get sick and it is a terrible thing not to have extra bags, wipes and towels. An empty container with a lid comes in handy if someone is feeling sick.
#4 Not bringing extras of the little things. Keeping a stash of extras in the car can be a lifesaver. From bandages and bottled water, to extra cups and car friendly snacks, these things can be a lifesaver on both long and short trips.
#5 Overly High or low Expectations. That's right, put all of your high and low expectations away and be prepared to go with the flow. All the best planning, preparation and schedules will not create the perfect road trip. There is no such thing and it it is the worst road trip, well at least you will have learned something and have some interesting memories.