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Whether we're taking a long ride down to New Mexico or one a bit closer to home for a daycation, my family and I love to take road trips. With so many great places to visit in Colorado within a relatively short drive from home, we take several road trips a year.
Because we spend a lot of time in the car, the back seat of the car was starting to look like a bomb went off. With kids, the things that go in the car don't always make it back out. In an attempt to try to keep their stuff organized in the back seat I made a DIY back seat organizer for our trip down to Seven Falls in Colorado Springs. It was so simple and worked out really well.
I've mentioned a few times, I don't do mornings well. Before anything else I need to make some coffee to get myself ready to pack food, get the car ready for the trip, and get out the door. We can't go on a road trip of any kind with a sleepy, cranky mom.
Now to pack some road trip food. When we go on the road we like to pack easy food to prepare and unpack. We pack small snacks that fit in our reusable snack bags for in the car snacking as well as food that we can pack in the cooler put together easily. This time we opted for some shrimp salad lettuce wraps with organic romaine hearts. That might seem like a strange choice for a road trip, but it works. Trust me.
Since we were just going for a day trip, we went relatively light on the food we packed. In addition to the shrimp lettuce wraps, we also brought tuna salad, fruit, Gatorade, Quaker Popped mini rice snacks, and Dove dark chocolate covered blueberries and cherries. As an extra special treat, Starburst for the ride home. Okay, so the Starburst were mostly for me, but don't tell the kids.
DIY back seat organizer
Now that I am recharged with some coffee and had our snacks packed, it was time to put my storage idea into motion. I bought an inexpensive over-the-door style shoe organizer made of a material that was easy to cut and easy to clean. The one I purchased was about $8 and it is perfect. To attach the organizer to the back of the seat, I tied it to the headrest with a ribbon.
Once I attached the organizer to the seat, I cut it to the size that I wanted. I cut it down to two rows of pockets which fit perfectly on the back of my car's seat. To secure the bottom of the organizer, I attached it to the small lip at the bottom of the seat with binder clips.
Now we have a place for the kids' paperback books, snacks, action figures, and other small items that tend to get lost under the seats.
Seven Falls - Colorado Springs, CO.
Now that we were ready to go, it was time to get on the road. We went down to Colorado Springs to a place we hadn't been before called Seven Falls. We heard there was a large waterfall there so we had to check it out. Fed and entertained, now these two are ready for the mile hike to the falls. Let's go . . .
The way up was beautiful, especially this gorgeous stream that ran the whole way up with these little falls along the way.
Then we got to the top and the view didn't disappoint. Up the elevator, we went to look out on this beautiful waterfall. After taking in the view from above, we went back down and Red walked up the stairs to the top of the waterfall. I chickened out because I wouldn't have made it back down, but he said the view was amazing.
After spending a good amount of the day at Seven Falls, we went to a park for an evening picnic before heading back home.
While at Albertsons I purchased all of the food and goodies for our trip. You will notice that all of the road trip food and snack ideas are on sale and are clearly marked with a black Best Road Trip Ever tag on them making them convenient and easy to find.
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