So I have to say, the 1100-mile road trip (each way) that we took for the holidays went better than I expected overall. Thanks for your suggestions! The boys handled it SO much better than when they were babies/toddlers … BUT. On the way back, we had gone about 400 miles when Alex started screaming in pain that his ear hurt. We ended up driving around looking for a pharmacy, a Minute Clinic, an urgent care, etc. (all while Alex was hysterical for a good 3 hrs) and ended up in a small-town ER for 3 hrs because we couldn’t find an urgent care open on New Year’s Day. :/ Not fun! That made for a looong day NY Day and also Jan. 2 since we had to drive over 600 miles the second day! On the plus side, the ER dr was very nice and Alex’s ears are feeling a lot better now!