TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH TODDLERS – ROAD TRIP EDITION

I thought about doing this post before we went on our Disney trip but then I realized I don’t know what it’s like to travel with two toddlers on a long trip that are both in forward facing carseats so I decided to experience it firsthand before I wrote out tips!

Road trips with kids are kind of my jam. We do a lot of them because we LOVE to travel and we also have family that live ten (plus) hours away. We have way too much stuff to fly so it’s easier to drive! For the last three years, I’ve been doing long drives with young kids and the older the kids get, the easier it gets. But then sometimes I think it’s because I’m wiser and have tried all the tricks by now but either way it doesn’t have to be hard to travel with young kids! While you’re going to know what works best for your family, I wrote out a bunch of tips that work for us when we are on the road for extended periods of time. Hopefully you can find something on here that works best for your kids!

  • Go to the Target dollar spot or the dollar store and stash up on all sorts of cheapie toys.
  • STICKER BOOKS are a God sent when it comes to keeping little hands busy.
  • Have a small stash of diapers and wipes readily available for bathroom stops. This is especially helpful so you’re not digging through luggage or bags in the back of the car.
  • Along with that, have an extra pair of clothes on hand just in case of accidents. Trust me, it’s the worst to pull out your suitcase and dig through everything in a parking lot. (Been there, done that!)
  • Bring a couple new videos along if you have a DVD player in your car.
  • If you have iPads or tablets, consider downloading a new game or movie on there so each child can have their own choice.
  • Use kid headphones so you don’t have to listen to their movies or tablets playing.
  • Various snacks in ziploc bags. I don’t pack a lot of the same snacks but I do pack a lot of snacks of different variety. Our last road trip I packed raisins, pretzels, graham crackers, goldfish, string cheese, fruit snacks, and three or four other snacks so they weren’t getting the same thing over and over.
  • Bring a little candy for toward the end of the trip when they get antsy. Nothing keeps a toddler quite like m&m’s or skittles!
  • Don’t forget their pillows/blankets to make it easy for them to nap.
  • We like to leave early in the morning (usually 5am) and make our first stop around 7:30am for breakfast. It’s still dark so even though our girls stay awake, they’re still sleepy so they’re pretty quiet.
  • Keep a ziploc bag of plastic bags in your doorway for garbage, accidents, etc.
  • Wipes, hand sanitizer and paper towel!!! Have it close by!!!
  • Make your kids use the bathroom at every stop, even if they don’t have to.
  • Put a small potty seat in the back of your car in case of emergencies.
  • Kids travel trays are really convenient for when feeding kids meals or giving them a flat surface to color on.
  • Have water bottles or cups with lids within arms reach so you can fill up the kids cups and not have to worry if it’s going to spill in the backseat.

I’m always looking for ways to make it more fun and entertaining so if you have any other tips or tricks, please comment below!!

12 Comments

  1. May 4, 2018 / 8:48 am

    YES yes to all of this. Snacks for sure we use our ipad for times like this too!

    • erin
      May 4, 2018 / 11:39 pm

      Us too!
      xo

  2. May 4, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    What wonderful ideas! My kids are a bit older, but some of these still apply to tweens and teens!

    • erin
      May 4, 2018 / 11:38 pm

      Thanks dear!!

  3. May 4, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    We just got back from a super long road trip and we used a lot of these tips! Although I wish I would’ve had a travel tray!

    • erin
      May 4, 2018 / 11:38 pm

      I’ve never tried a travel tray until this trip and it really was amazing especially for meals!

  4. Hayley
    May 4, 2018 / 11:01 pm

    I know I’ll be using these tips in the next year on our 14 hour road trip to visit my family! So far we’ve only done long car trips with a 6 month old so he slept for most of it. I’m expecting the next trip to be a little different with a toddler!

    • erin
      May 4, 2018 / 11:41 pm

      I miss the days where my kids just slept in the car. Haha, it made road trips so easy! Have a good trip though and hopefully some of the tips will help you through it!

  5. May 6, 2018 / 7:21 am

    We keep a small potty in our car at all times. It’s a great mommy tip to know! Anything new in the toy department is fun for a trip, even if it is a cheap toy to throw out at the end of the trip!

  6. May 6, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    Leaving early is definitely important! And the clearance or dollar store toys are a great idea, especially because if something gets lost, it won’t be a huge deal!

    -Jennifer
    https://maunelegacy.com

  7. Hillary
    May 7, 2018 / 4:57 am

    The iPad has been a life saver for me. I honestly don’t know how people take 15 hr trips without it and not going crazy! Thanks for the post!

  8. May 7, 2018 / 9:00 am

    YES YES YES to all of this! I cannot tell you how much time and money I have spent in the target dollar section! My kids are older now, but all of these are great tips – from experience with five kids I can vouch for it 🙂

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