Traveling is an invigorating experience. It’s a way to give ourselves a break from our busy, mundane lives. It’s a way to refresh ourselves, reset our thoughts, and basically relax our mind and body. When you got kids, however, this might not all be possible. You want to relax when suddenly your toddler come shouting and then smashes your face with a plastic toy. You want to enjoy the scenery then you smell something familiar, more like poop and it surely is poop. While traveling with a toddler can take the best out of a parent’s sanity, we can still make the best travel experience by remembering these tips:
1. Keep your toddler fed.
Nobody wants a cranky kid in the backseat when you are driving for hours. The best way to avoid that is to make sure your toddler is full. Feed him prior to going on your road trip, and keep snacks within reach. Bring snacks that would make your child full for longer, like fruits, and bread. Avoid feeding too much sugar like candies or ice cream.
2. Keep them entertained.
Prior to starting your road trip, prepare the following: nursery rhyme playlist, toys, books, toys, and more toys. And when we say toys, it doesn’t have to be an actual toy, but anything that he can play with like empty water bottles, his sippy cup, or your hair tie. As long as they are non-toxic and not a choking hazard, they can pass as toys and you can bring them as you wish. Just keep them entertained in all ways possible!
3. Stick to their schedule.
If you will be on the road for long hours, make sure to consider your kid’s daily schedule. Avoid starting your trip when it’s supposed to be their nap or meal time. Consider the trip as an activity that is part of their day, so they can be excited for it. When it’s nap time and you’re still on the road, consider making the environment a little more calm and quiet – turn music down and keep toys out of their sight. You don’t have strictly follow your usual routine, but at least keep it as close as possible. This will prevent unnecessary crying and whining.
4. Have stopovers from time to time.
Travelling can be stressful for young kids, as they’ll be strapped on to their car seats the whole time and they can only do so much. It is just smart to stop over, take your kid out of the car for a good knee stretch, and give yourself some stretching too. This will keep your toddler energized.
5. Embrace the trip.
Long drive is tiring in itself, add your toddler to the experience and expect nothing but madness. But you know what, your kid will remember this experience as one of his many memorable ones. When he’s older, he will tell stories to his friends about that long drive you had when he was little and how exciting it was. He will remember this trip for life. As hard as it is to be on the road with a toddler, embrace the experience, because your child definitely will.