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Planning The Most Epic Road Trip Ever


This summer we are going on a road trip.  We’ve done lots of road trips before, like our trip to PEI.  But this year’s trip is going to be different.  It’s going to be The Most Epic Road Trip Ever.

We will be driving from our home in Ontario to Vancouver and back again over the course of 3 weeks.  At least, that’s the plan.

There’s always the possibility of changes or the unexpected popping up, but in my experience the best way to be prepared for the unexpected, is to carefully plan the expected.

We’ve been on several road trips of varying length, and each time I’ve made great use of our packing list and an itinerary.

I start by making a master list of things we want to see and do over the course of our trip.  Then, with GoogleMaps on the screen and a blank itinerary in front of me, I start slotting in those destinations.  Then I add the length of time we’ll need at each destination or area.  This determines where we’ll be staying the night and how long we’ll be in each area.  With driving days added in, our road trip begins to take shape!

We’ve found that when we have things planned out like this, we know exactly how much time we have for unplanned adventures (like the river bank climbing adventure outside Sault Ste. Marie during which I discovered that following your youngest child barefoot over sharp rocks towering many feet above rushing water makes you completely impervious to the pain of the resulting cuts from said rocks).  And you’re less likely to miss out on seeing and doing everything you wanted to, since it’s all planned out.

To get you started, here are printable copies of the forms we use for our Itinerary and our Packing List.  Please feel free to make use of them for your own road trip!

And hey, I’d love to hear where your family is headed this summer!

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Cam

    Did I miss something? there’s nothing on the itinerary…anyway, West Edmonton Mall, Google it, its awesome, its HUGE, you’ll need a minimum of 1 whole day just to (quickly) browse. Let me know if you plan to go to the island though…I have LOTS of recommendations for sight seeing there.

    • Megan Elford

      Yes, I took out our actual plans so that it could be used by others for their own trips :-). I’ll go back and edit that for clarity though.

      We probably won’t make it to the island, but we will go to Vancouver. We also won’t be able to make it to Edmonton because it would add so much time. I wish we could spend another week or two on this trip, there’s so much to see!

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