Billionaire Spanx founder Sara Blakely captures family road trip disasters

Spanx founder Sara Blakely may be one of the richest self-made women in the world, but the mother of four has proved that being a billionaire doesn’t make you immune to tantrums when you’re traveling with your kids. 

The 48-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, who is estimated to be worth $1 billion, revealed on Instagram Monday that she and her husband Jesse Itzler are taking their children Lazer, Lincoln, Charlie, and Tepper on an RV trip from Idaho to Montana, but the journey has been far from relaxing. 

Sara, who has been open about her fear of flying, has been documenting their trip on Instagram Stories, starting with the tears her children shed before they even left the driveway. 

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Family trip: Spanx founder Sara Blakely, 48, revealed on Instagram Monday that she and her husband Jesse Itzler are taking their children on an RV trip from Idaho to Montana

Family trip: Spanx founder Sara Blakely, 48, revealed on Instagram Monday that she and her husband Jesse Itzler are taking their children on an RV trip from Idaho to Montana

Family trip: Spanx founder Sara Blakely, 48, revealed on Instagram Monday that she and her husband Jesse Itzler are taking their children on an RV trip from Idaho to Montana

Fun: Molly Mathis, the founder of Mojo Active Adventures (not pictured), created the trip for them and gifted them a map of the route they will be taking on their road trip

Fun: Molly Mathis, the founder of Mojo Active Adventures (not pictured), created the trip for them and gifted them a map of the route they will be taking on their road trip

Fun: Molly Mathis, the founder of Mojo Active Adventures (not pictured), created the trip for them and gifted them a map of the route they will be taking on their road trip

Fun: Molly Mathis, the founder of Mojo Active Adventures (not pictured), created the trip for them and gifted them a map of the route they will be taking on their road trip

Fun: Molly Mathis, the founder of Mojo Active Adventures (not pictured), created the trip for them and gifted them a map of the route they will be taking on their road trip

‘RV trip out West! Pray for us… my New York husband decided he wanted to drive an RV from Idaho to Montana,’ she captioned her first post. ‘I mean who prints directions?… This outta be interesting, and yes he brought his life size paper calendar too.’  

Molly Mathis, the founder of Mojo Active Adventures, created the trip for them and gifted them a map of the route they will be taking on their road trip.

In her first few Instagram Stories, Sara can be seen taking the map out to show her kids, who are already starting to get antsy in the RV. 

‘We haven’t even left the driveway and someone is already crying?’ she asks when she notices her youngest child — and only daughter — Tepper has tears in her eyes.

After telling one of her sons to leave his little sister alone, they try to liven the mood by asking their kids some trivia questions about Idaho. 

Chow down: Sara ate burritos with her youngest children before they took off. She is pictured with her twins, Charlie and Lincoln, and her only daughter, Tepper (left to right)

Chow down: Sara ate burritos with her youngest children before they took off. She is pictured with her twins, Charlie and Lincoln, and her only daughter, Tepper (left to right)

Chow down: Sara ate burritos with her youngest children before they took off. She is pictured with her twins, Charlie and Lincoln, and her only daughter, Tepper (left to right)

Ready to go: Jesse happily showed of their matching shirts for the trip

Ready to go: Jesse happily showed of their matching shirts for the trip

Ready to go: Jesse happily showed of their matching shirts for the trip

Ready to go: Jesse happily showed of their matching shirts for the trip

Ready to go: Jesse happily showed of their matching shirts for the trip 

Oh no: Tepper started crying before they even left the driveway. 'We haven't even left the driveway and someone is already crying?' Sara asked

Oh no: Tepper started crying before they even left the driveway. 'We haven't even left the driveway and someone is already crying?' Sara asked

Oh no: Tepper started crying before they even left the driveway. 'We haven't even left the driveway and someone is already crying?' Sara asked

Oh no: Tepper started crying before they even left the driveway. 'We haven't even left the driveway and someone is already crying?' Sara asked

Oh no: Tepper started crying before they even left the driveway. ‘We haven’t even left the driveway and someone is already crying?’ Sara asked

Sara is thoroughly impressed when her son confidently names the Brown Thrasher as Idaho’s state bird — until her husband reveals its actually the Mountain Bluebird.  

Then more crying ensues because Charlie called sleeping on the top bunk first — but his twin brother Lincoln wants it for himself. 

‘Listen, guys, we haven’t even pulled out of the driveway. We can’t start crying,’ Sara tells her son. ‘Charlie claimed this bed first, and you can sleep on the bottom bunk and then we’ll switch.’

‘No, I don’t want to,’ Lincoln cries, but the crisis is eventually averted when Charlie offers to sleep on the bottom bunk. 

However, things don’t get any easier for the mom when they take off either.

Just five minutes into their trip they end up in a ‘Do Not Enter’ parking lot while looking for a highway. 

Home away from home: The kids had plenty of space to play and sprawl out in the massive RV

Home away from home: The kids had plenty of space to play and sprawl out in the massive RV

Home away from home: The kids had plenty of space to play and sprawl out in the massive RV 

Getting pumped: The couple lightened the mood by asking their kids trivia questions about Idaho and giving them pictures of the state to color

Getting pumped: The couple lightened the mood by asking their kids trivia questions about Idaho and giving them pictures of the state to color

Getting pumped: The couple lightened the mood by asking their kids trivia questions about Idaho and giving them pictures of the state to color

Getting pumped: The couple lightened the mood by asking their kids trivia questions about Idaho and giving them pictures of the state to color

Getting pumped: The couple lightened the mood by asking their kids trivia questions about Idaho and giving them pictures of the state to color 

Brotherly love: Lincoln (right) started crying because he wanted to sleep on the top bunk, but his brother Charlie (left) had already called it. Charlie ended up giving him the bed

Brotherly love: Lincoln (right) started crying because he wanted to sleep on the top bunk, but his brother Charlie (left) had already called it. Charlie ended up giving him the bed

Brotherly love: Lincoln (right) started crying because he wanted to sleep on the top bunk, but his brother Charlie (left) had already called it. Charlie ended up giving him the bed

Brotherly love: Lincoln (right) started crying because he wanted to sleep on the top bunk, but his brother Charlie (left) had already called it. Charlie ended up giving him the bed

Brotherly love: Lincoln (right) started crying because he wanted to sleep on the top bunk, but his brother Charlie (left) had already called it. Charlie ended up giving him the bed 

Comical error: Just five minutes into their trip they ended up in a 'Do Not Enter' parking lot, and Sara had to get out of the RV to guide Jesse while he backed up the vehicle

Comical error: Just five minutes into their trip they ended up in a 'Do Not Enter' parking lot, and Sara had to get out of the RV to guide Jesse while he backed up the vehicle

Comical error: Just five minutes into their trip they ended up in a 'Do Not Enter' parking lot, and Sara had to get out of the RV to guide Jesse while he backed up the vehicle

Comical error: Just five minutes into their trip they ended up in a 'Do Not Enter' parking lot, and Sara had to get out of the RV to guide Jesse while he backed up the vehicle

Comical error: Just five minutes into their trip they ended up in a ‘Do Not Enter’ parking lot, and Sara had to get out of the RV to guide Jesse while he backed up the vehicle

‘Jesse, this is a parking lot. How did you end up in a parking lot?’ Sara asks, prompting her husband to say he just went the wrong way. 

Jesse is afraid to reverse the RV, so his wife gets out of the vehicle to help him out. 

‘Honey, there’s no one even anywhere behind you. You’re fine,’ she says as the kids yell in the background. ‘Jesse, you have plenty of room. Oh my God, he’s so nervous.’

‘Come on back!’ she shouts. ‘Like there’s nobody near you, honey. Why did you need me to get out of the car? Keep coming you have a long way to go.’

Once they finally get back on the road, Sara celebrates by blasting Neil Diamond’s ‘America’ — and then she starts to have a meltdown while singing the lyrics. 

Molly meltdown: Then the mother of four started tearing up while listening to Neil Diamond's 'America' because any songs about being American make her cry

Molly meltdown: Then the mother of four started tearing up while listening to Neil Diamond's 'America' because any songs about being American make her cry

Molly meltdown: Then the mother of four started tearing up while listening to Neil Diamond's 'America' because any songs about being American make her cry

Molly meltdown: Then the mother of four started tearing up while listening to Neil Diamond's 'America' because any songs about being American make her cry

Molly meltdown: Then the mother of four started tearing up while listening to Neil Diamond’s ‘America’ because any songs about being American make her cry

Desperate times: When Lincoln started crying again, his parents tred to distract him by telling him to look at the cows outside their window — and it worked

Desperate times: When Lincoln started crying again, his parents tred to distract him by telling him to look at the cows outside their window — and it worked

Desperate times: When Lincoln started crying again, his parents tred to distract him by telling him to look at the cows outside their window — and it worked

Desperate times: When Lincoln started crying again, his parents tred to distract him by telling him to look at the cows outside their window — and it worked

Desperate times: When Lincoln started crying again, his parents tred to distract him by telling him to look at the cows outside their window — and it worked 

Pit stop: The trip took an exciting turn when they came across the Shoshone Ice Caves in Lincoln County, Idaho

Pit stop: The trip took an exciting turn when they came across the Shoshone Ice Caves in Lincoln County, Idaho

Pit stop: The trip took an exciting turn when they came across the Shoshone Ice Caves in Lincoln County, Idaho

Pit stop: The trip took an exciting turn when they came across the Shoshone Ice Caves in Lincoln County, Idaho

Pit stop: The trip took an exciting turn when they came across the Shoshone Ice Caves in Lincoln County, Idaho 

‘Sweetie, I just got emotional,’ she says, sniffling. ‘Honey, I swear I just got emotional. It’s okay. I’m just proud to be American.’ 

In the caption, she explained: ‘As as an entrepreneur any AMERICAN song can make me cry.’

The moment is quickly over when the kids start making noise and Jesse yells: ‘What are you guys doing back there?’

Eventually, Lincoln starts crying again, and his parents try to distract him by telling him to look at the cows outside their window. 

‘The cows WORKED! We are BACK!’ Sara captioned a video of them blasting ‘America’ for a second time. 

The drive takes an exciting turn when they notice an ice cave up ahead. 

Say cheese! Lincoln and Tepper posed with a giant green dinosaur outside

Say cheese! Lincoln and Tepper posed with a giant green dinosaur outside

Say cheese! Lincoln and Tepper posed with a giant green dinosaur outside 

All smiles: The Itzlers also posed for a family photo at the attraction

All smiles: The Itzlers also posed for a family photo at the attraction

All smiles: The Itzlers also posed for a family photo at the attraction 

Adventure: The entrepreneur and her family bundled up to go into the cold cave

Adventure: The entrepreneur and her family bundled up to go into the cold cave

Adventure: The entrepreneur and her family bundled up to go into the cold cave

Adventure: The entrepreneur and her family bundled up to go into the cold cave

Adventure: The entrepreneur and her family bundled up to go into the cold cave

Upset: Tepper had a temper tantrum when they got back on the road

Upset: Tepper had a temper tantrum when they got back on the road

Upset: Tepper had a temper tantrum when they got back on the road

Upset: Tepper had a temper tantrum when they got back on the road

Upset: Tepper had a temper tantrum when they got back on the road 

‘I think it might be volcanic historic rock,’ she says, prompting her husband to look at her and say: ‘What?’ 

Keeping himself occupied! Meanwhile, Charlie covered himself with stickers

Keeping himself occupied! Meanwhile, Charlie covered himself with stickers

Keeping himself occupied! Meanwhile, Charlie covered himself with stickers 

Sara is determined to go visit the ice cave, and she doesn’t care that it’s not on their itinerary.

‘It doesn’t matter,’ she says. ‘We’re not agenda followers.’ 

‘It looks hokey,’ she later admits, but her husband insists it isn’t.

‘It’s like 20,000 tons of ice or something,’ he says after reading a sign for the attraction.   

The entrepreneur and her family bundled up to go into the cold cave where the temperature is just 28 degrees despite it being the middle of the summer.

Sara’s kids can be seen walking on the bridges above the ice, and her husband can’t help but say they have to watch and make sure they don’t fall in. 

The family visited the Shoshone Ice Caves in Lincoln County, Idaho, and they happily posed for a photo together when they got back above ground. 

As soon as the return to the RV, Tepper starts crying again and Sara realizes Charlie has covered his entire body with stickers. 

Beautiful: The day's videos have a happy ending, though, as they spotted not one but two rainbows while out on the open road

Beautiful: The day's videos have a happy ending, though, as they spotted not one but two rainbows while out on the open road

Beautiful: The day's videos have a happy ending, though, as they spotted not one but two rainbows while out on the open road

Beautiful: The day's videos have a happy ending, though, as they spotted not one but two rainbows while out on the open road

Beautiful: The day’s videos have a happy ending, though, as they spotted not one but two rainbows while out on the open road

Making memories: On Tuesday, Sara took to Instagram to share this saloon-inspired family photo. 'Pretty much sums up our road trip out west!' she wrote

Making memories: On Tuesday, Sara took to Instagram to share this saloon-inspired family photo. 'Pretty much sums up our road trip out west!' she wrote

Making memories: On Tuesday, Sara took to Instagram to share this saloon-inspired family photo. ‘Pretty much sums up our road trip out west!’ she wrote

Going with it: The road trip appears to have been her husband's idea, but Sara may have been happy about their mode of transportation because she hates to fly

Going with it: The road trip appears to have been her husband's idea, but Sara may have been happy about their mode of transportation because she hates to fly

 Going with it: The road trip appears to have been her husband’s idea, but Sara may have been happy about their mode of transportation because she hates to fly

The day’s videos have a happy ending, though, as they spot not one but two rainbows while out on the open road. 

The road trip appears to have been her husband’s idea, but Sara may have been happy about their mode of transportation because she hates to fly ⁠— despite frequently having to do it for work. 

‘I just do it because — darn it — there are a lot of women [in the world] who don’t have the opportunity to get up in the morning and even get an education, so I can get my butt on a plane and deal with it,’ she told Success in 2015. ‘But it doesn’t mean that I’m not still scared.’

The billionaire even signed up for a fear-of-flying class but missed so many classes due to her hectic travel schedule that the instructor told her, ‘I don’t know if I should be mad at you or proud of you, but you’re never here because you’re always on a plane.’ 

While speaking with The Cut last summer, Sara shared her flying ritual that helps calm her nervous at takeoff. 

‘I always have to have a bag of Cheez-Its, I have my original iPod, and I have to listen to same good luck take-off song by Mark Knopfler called “What It Is,”‘ she said. ‘I wait until the wheels start going down the runway to hit play and start listening to it.’ 

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