We were provided a 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to help us get back into the routine of back to school and let me tell you; it helped!
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Are you familiar with school pick up line?
If you are, I am sure you feel the hatred that consumes me when I think of having to do it.
I can handle school drop off lines. They usually aren’t as long. They do have some… not very smart people… but overall; the entire drop off process is fairly easy.
School pick up line is a whole ‘nother ball game altogether!
It’s in the afternoon so regardless of where you live; it’s hotter. I swear people getting… less smart… during those hours the kids are at school. People lose their common sense and manners. And the wait! Oh, the wait.
After having darn school pick up for awhile, I thought I would share some school pick up line tips and must haves I have learned over the years to try and make yours more enjoyable.
School Pick Up Line Tips
- I highly recommend putting on a bra and possibly some clothes – not your pajamas. There are a lot more people at pick up than there are at drop off!
- Go potty before you leave. That goes for whatever kids you have to take with you.
- Change diapers before you leave, but be sure to bring them with too because it never fails – when you don’t have them; you need them. Murphy’s law at it’s finest.
- Bring shade! A blanket, towel, window visor – something to block the gosh darn sun. Especially if you are picking up kids in Arizona.
- Find the magic time. If you get there too early, you’re left sitting at the front of the line forever. If you get there too late, you’re left sitting at the end of the line forever. There is a magic time that puts you in the middle and is perfect with when your kids get to the pick up line. It only took me a couple tries to find it. You still wait, but not as long as long as the first or last person!
Now that the tips are out of the way; let’s talk about my list of must haves to bring with you – especially if you have kids in the car with you.
School Pick Up Line Must-Haves
- Good tunes. Lucky for me, the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has XM Radio so we could rock out to the Kid Bopz station.
- Books. For yourself, for the toddler, for the baby. There are books for people of all ages. Make use of your time wisely.
- Toys. If you have younger ones that can’t read and will look at the pictures quickly in a book; having toys are great. TIP: Make sure there is something to catch the toy or they will end up on the floor and the purpose will be defeated!
- Movies. Whether you have a tablet, a phone, or a portable DVD player – watching a movie will definitely keep your kiddo quiet. (If you are new to school line pick ups, I am telling you; you will be sitting in a line for at least 15 minutes if not longer. A lot longer.)
- Car charger. You can work from your phone; the kiddo can watch a movie on a tablet or phone; but you don’t want to run out of battery! (I love the fact that the newer model vehicles all have usb ports for the chargers. No more cigarette lighter chargers necessary!)
- Snacks. It never fails that someone ends up hungry, right?
- With snacks, you need a drink! Bring water! (If you give a mouse a cookie…)
- As mentioned in the tips; bring the diaper bag! Snacks plus drink plus wait… if you’re a parent, I don’t even need to say it.
- Same as above, bring shade. Whether it be the car visor, a blanket, a towel, whatever. Especially in Arizona. The sun is bright and it’s hot. Especially if you have a little one in a car seat.
One of the nice things about the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid was that the windows had pull down (pull up? I think they were pull up and attached to the top of the window) window covers for the kids.
I really liked the three rows of seats, but the space between the seats in the middle row made it a little hard for another person to get into the back seats. It wasn’t impossible, it was just difficult.
It was incredibly spacious too – for the middle row of seats. The back row didn’t have much leg room even for my 10 year old.
I never looked at the trunk, but it was a vehicle that we could have a bigger family with and be semi-comfortable in. Car seats would definitely have to go in the middle row with bigger, independent kids in the back.
It had great gas mileage and the only complaint I had was that the middle row was close the back row, so was a parent with 3 kids; they could still reach each other and pull hair (yes, that really did happen!)
Have you test drove a 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid? If you haven’t, I highly recommend checking one out. If you are a smaller family; I think it’s a great vehicle! For a family of 5, it would definitely work for us (but nothing bigger!)
Have friends who do school pick up? Be sure to share this with them so they can get my school pick up line tips and must haves to make it more tolerable!