Summer is just around the corner, and that means family vacations and road trips! But when you have kids, the phrase “road trip” doesn’t spark the same flames of spontaneity and excitement like it used to in your younger days. Hours crammed in a small space with restless little ones? Yikes. Here are some ideas to help make your road trip with a toddler as smooth and enjoyable as possible — for everyone!
Pack a bag full of interesting toys- some that are old favorites can work, but a few new ones mixed in will buy you even more quiet playtime. Here are some ideas for toys and activities that your toddler will love:
It’s no secret to parents that our weapon of choice, in any situation that demands good behavior from our toddler, is food. If you’re heading on a road trip of any distance this summer, be sure to pack plenty of snack options. Especially if your tot is still in a rear-facing car seat, try to avoid foods that could be a potential choking hazard (like popcorn or nuts). Cheese or peanut butter crackers, rice cakes, fresh and dried fruit, cheese sticks, and simple health bars like Lara Bars are all easy to transport and won’t result in sugar-induced hyperactivity and mood swings.
When you become a parent, you learn to accept that things are going to move a little slower for a while — and this includes your road trip with a toddler. Plan stops on your route so that everyone can have frequent bathroom breaks or a diaper change, as well as run around and get out some energy. Map out rest stops and fast food restaurants or parks with playgrounds, and embrace the slow pace of the trip — it’s all a part of the journey!