Toddlers and Travel…not always the best combination. I know that it is difficult but there are ways to survive it. We travel several times a year for 6-8 hours at a time in the car. I have looked up several things to do on the road to keep them happy.
Have lots and lots of toys. I recommend having toys they haven’t played with in a while. A lot of times I will “hide” some of their favorite items so that they are exciting and fresh for road trips. We carry Mrs. Potato Head, Etch-a-sketch, play-dough, baby dolls, puzzles, etc…
I also pack a variety of activities for them. We include coloring books, crayons, sticker books, matching games, markers (the ones that only color on paper), books, and more.
Pack a lot of small snacks. Snacking is a good way to pass the time during the road trips. We usually pack healthy snacks. We like applesauce squeeze pouches, fruit snacks, yogurt melts, sliced fruit, and animal crackers. We prefer things that will dissolve in their mouths that way there is a smaller chance of choking.
We also pack some electronics. We have their leap pads, leap reader juniors, and portable DVD players. We pack multiple movies and shows for the road. I recommend looking at the show length for ones that last around 2 hours. This keeps you from having to change it as often. Don’t forget the chargers.
When traveling with toddlers you have to make frequent stops to allow them time to get out and to allow them time to get out and stretch. Before the girls were potty trained we would stop every 3 hours for about 20-30 minutes. We would have picnics at rest areas. A few rest areas have playgrounds so we stop at those.
Now that they are potty trained we stop every hour for a potty break. We carry their training potties and seat adapter. There are times that restrooms are unavailable at needed times so the training potties are useful.
It is important to carry supplies with you on the road. You will want to have a first aid kit. We carry baby wipes and Lysol wipes in the car. Sine they are potty trained we have puddle seats for those accidents to protect their car seats. Extra clothes are always important.