How do you put together for a 17-hour, no-stopover, Mumbai to Bengaluru street journey with a toddler?


In late September, my husband and I made a decision to drive all the way down to Bengaluru from Mumbai (approx. 1,000 km), to spend the final three months of the 12 months with our households. Our dad and mom are over 60, and we selected to drive as a substitute of taking a flight to minimise publicity to the virus. These are notes from the times main as much as the drive – one we hoped could be an journey regardless of the apparent nerve-wracking stress.

We drove within the household VW Polo GT, with Ari, our two-year-old toddler.

(T-9 days): Completed many of the packing. Leaving exercise gear for later, within the hope that I squeeze in just a few exercises this week. (Unlikely). Pritish alternatively, has already despatched work-out tools to my dad and mom’ home in Bengaluru. Juggling packing with work plus cooking and child duties for the following few days goes to be powerful.

I’ve been driving the automobile round Bandra these previous few weekends, to get in some observe. I will likely be a backup driver for when Pritish wants a break – we’re estimating a 15-hour journey. It has been a strong three years since I’ve pushed on the common. However the VW is computerized, and considerably nicer to drive than a stick shift. I’ve solely had one minor accident up to now – drove over the divider on the Bastian sign close to Nationwide School.

(T-8 days): Pritish obtained the wheels aligned, rotated and balanced. He did a take a look at drive on the Sea Hyperlink. I have been instructed to anticipate a rushing ticket. Nice.

(T-7 days): Made Pritish pack his garments this night. He is spoken to a couple associates who made the drive just lately. They’ve all confirmed that 15 hours may be very doable. The roads are nice, if a bit uninteresting.

Carrying two small suitcases with garments, toys, and books. Additionally, two massive cardboard bins with meals. For the street journey, we’ll have sandwiches, quiche, theplas, cookies, and low. We’re carrying stuff for associates as properly: care packages from the Bombay Candy Store, a jar of wickedly good b**f pickle (from one of the best dwelling cooks in Bandra), bakes from the Flourists , do-it-yourself shakkarpara, chivda, and modak for my dad and mom.

(T-6 days): Shakkarpara is prepared! Cooled, sealed and packed away. Slowly clearing out the kitchen of stuff now we have to hold – a giant jar of ghee from Himachal, three luggage of purple rice, and two of ragi. Pritish is making a cheat sheet with ETA at numerous cities on the route. Must remind him to additionally add in hospitals, accommodations, and mechanic retailers alongside the way in which.

Been prepping Ari for the lengthy drive, getting him enthusiastic about it. He often loves being within the automobile, so hopefully this all goes properly. Pritish has additionally purchased two picket yoga blocks to prop the toddler rest room seat on, if and when Ari has to poo on the drive. Going to mattress at 8.30pm beginning tonight, so we’re properly rested for our 3am ETD on Sunday morning.


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