We made the 1,500 mile (2,432 km) drive out to New Brunswick in our VW Golf. (Yes, you can fit 3 carseats in the back of a Golf, to the amazement of my SUV- and minivan-driving friends!) We broke the drive into three days: 6 hours to Eric's sister, 15 hours, and 6 hours. The second day was rough. It's hard for little kids to sit still all day. At the end of the second day, we erected a cardboard barrier between Dio and Inga to protect her from kicks and pinches.
A portable DVD player borrowed from Eric's sister helped the last two days go more smoothly. Eric was really opposed to the DVD player. "I don't want our kids to be plugged in," he said. But I insisted we at least bring it with us and use it when/if the kids became too restless. We put on movies about half the time, taking breaks until the kids started become very irritable and bored (meaning they started to hurt Inga, poor thing).
The second night, we stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool and hot tub. We swam in the morning until the kids got all their energy out. Definitely a must-do on the way home.
When we weren't watching movies, we ate snacks, sang songs, played "I spy", told stories, and listened to NPR. And somehow we survived the drive.
Our Golf performed beautifully, getting close to 50 mpg. I love my diesel VW!
Now if the weather would just warm up...it's been unseasonably cold and I didn't pack enough warm clothing.