Mom Hack: Minivan Zip Line Edition

As a mom with really short arms and driving a minivan, I have run into my fair share of complications. One being the constant need for napkins or passing food on road trips. So I dreamed up the Minivan Zip Line. It’s just as amazing as it sounds and we’re always getting comments about it. We’ve even had people leave notes on our window in parking lots. We’ve been repping the Zip Line for years now and I can’t imagine road tripping without it!

Here’s what you need for the Minivan Zip Line:

– 2 heavyweight command hooks
– 2 pulleys (Lowe’s/Homedepot)
nylon cord/paracord
– lots of trial and error on baskets/bags
– one of those live strong style bracelets

The command hook on the windshield is hung upside down to keep the appropriate tension. Our van has a hard plastic piece at the back the other command hook is on. Trust me and don’t put it on your back window because when you open that hatch/door, bad things will happen! The back hook is also placed “backward,” the open part of the hook facing the back of your vehicle. You’ll notice we left a bit of the cord dangling, kind of a handle for the littles to grab and bring it back.

Our cord always starts out taught but does tend to slack over time—I haven’t solved that issue but it hasn’t affected the usefulness. The bracelet, hooked onto the carabiner, fits perfectly around a Chick-fil-A kids nuggets as well as our travel snack cups (with lids). The bag attached came from Some Random toy/purchase and I have no idea where it came from but it’s great for napkins and the kids can pass toys and snacks to each other.

Trix Raney
Trix started her life in Georgia after living in Myrtle Beach, Tahoe City, and Nashville, her (now) husband wrangled her into a life of Bayou living here in Baton Rouge. She’s the mother of six; a vivacious 9 year old, a curly haired 6 year old, their hurricane of a youngest 4 year old, and 3 sweet babes taken far too soon. She’s well versed in potty humor & innuendos while perfecting the art of sarcasm on the daily. When she’s not busy living the home school life, complete with yoga pants & coffee she is running her business Rane or Shine Designs.


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