Going on a road trip with toddlers can be stressful, but if you think ahead and anticipate what you will need you and your child can have more fun and arrive at your destination calm and relaxed. If you don’t have what you need, it will make the trip a lot harder on both of you.
Keep things you will need while driving in a centralized location. Usually, bringing your diaper bag and placing it in the passenger’s seat or on the floor between the front seats is a good idea. Pack the diaper bag with all the necessities: diapers for the trip, wipes, your child’s favorite blanket, toddler safe snacks, water, non-spill cup and toys. In the trunk, be sure to pack several full changes of clothes for your child and a change of shirt for yourself.
Be choosy when packing for the long car ride. Only take your child’s favorite toys and favorite books. If you are unsure what to bring, tell your child to go pick the toys they want to take with.
Weather is always a key factor in planning for your trip. Be sure to check the weather forecast for area you are traveling to, bring clothes that will match the temperature and keep your toddler comfortable. Also, if your toddler is breastfeeding, remember to bring a blanket or cover up, for privacy.
Choose car snacks carefully. As you pack your food, consider what will be easy and least messy. Sliced soft vegetables and fruits make for a great healthy snack. Crackers and dry breakfast cereal work well. They are easy to eat and easy to clean up.
Remember to cut your child’s snacks into small pieces to prevent choking.
A little planning goes a long way to making road trips with your toddler fun.