Preparing for a long car trip with preschoolers with FRAM Fresh Breeze®

April 18, 2017

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With the end of grad school comes a new job for my house and comes a new house for our family!  In three weeks, my family of four will driving almost forty hours to Oregon!  It is amazing how much goes into a cross country move with two young kids, from finding a place to live, scheduling movers, purging junk, and getting the car ready for transporting our family safely over fifteen states!  Last summer while my husband did his internship, we all really struggled with allergies in a new place.  So, one thing that was at the absolute top of my list was safeguarding my family against as much dander and allergens as I possibly could.  I had heard of engine air filters for the outside of your car, but was thrilled to learn about  FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter, which cleans out the air in your car’s cabin. I really like that  FRAM Fresh Breeze® uses the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda. You know, the air we’ll be breathing for forty hours!  I had no clue these were intended to be changed every 12,000 miles!  (Follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual)

While I was getting my car in check for the long trek to Oregon, I was adamant about having this changed after learning that the air inside of your car is 98% dirtier than the air outside.   Wal-Mart has a really helpful tool with FRAM Fresh Breeze® You type in your car’s information, and it will show you which filter you need and if it located in your store or if you’ll need to order online.  My store had them in stock, and I changed it on my own that day. 

 It is soooo easy to change!  They’ve even got videos on their website to simplify the process as much as possible.

You pull it out of the box!

You will quickly realize there is only three steps, remove the lid from beside the gas pedal.

Remove the old cabin air filter.  Marvel in our dirty it probably is!

Install the new one and get ready to breathe easier!  Replace the cover and roll out!

It was about a five minute process, and I know it is going to be so much healthier for my sweet little boys!  The peace of mind you get from knowing the air is breathing in your car is healthier and better is the best feeling.

I know I have several readers leaving graduate school and preparing for cross country moves, so I thought I would share some of my favorite tips for traveling across the country with little kids.

I like to pack a backpack for each kid with a water bottle, snack, and favorite books.  I am also not above letting my kids watch movies/and listen to audiobooks on the car screens that we got them last year, specifically for long trips.  Magnets are another favorite car entertainment for the boys!

For me, I like to pack my water bottle and my AV cord for my phone, so I can listen to my audio books and favorite podcasts!

Wishing your family a healthy, fun, and adventurous road trip!

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This Messy Season is a blog serving families through practical tips for nurturing their families, emphasizing quality time and adventure. Helping young families bloom where they're planted, embrace their mess, and thrive through a series of honest, blog posts highlighting realistic travel tips, favorite products that simplify the work load of families, and family entertainment.

    1. Oh wow 😳 no didn’t even realize this was something I needed to do! Getting this done asap!

    1. Wow, congrats on your big move – That’s super exciting! We’re trying to move about 300 miles north of where we live now, and even that is quite a challenge! Best of luck on your long drive there #client

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