We are going to Washington to see my in-laws. The drive from Missoula to Seattle is so long for me, and I’m an adult. The ADHD runs strong in me and in my oldest so we have to have a project or a game to occupy our minds. I needed to review my tips for road trips with toddlers and other children, so I thought I would share them with you too.
1. Know your toddler’s limits
…and plan the breaks accordingly. My kids always have to stretch their legs and get some fresh air every few hours, or else they start to whine or get really hyper.
2. Pack enough extra clothes!
Accidents happen, and it really sucks to have to spend extra money, pack an extra 2-3 outfits.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have some quick on hand food. Even if you plan to do most of your eating in restaurants.
4. Pack comforts of home.
Toddlers aren’t as well adapted to change as adults are, so it is best to bring their pillow, stuffed animals, security blankets, and even their nightlights. My toddler is super picky about his sleeping and he gets very upset when he has to sleep somewhere that is new to him,.
5. Have fun.
Make sure that you and your children are having fun. Try to not be too strict and worry too much. I know that when we’re on vacation I sometimes get very uptight, and I end up ruining everyone’s good vibes.
In each set they have a rainbow of crayons plus black. Each of them have a few toys that they like to play with, both have matchbox cars. Buggy has a watch in his because we are trying to separate the stops by time, and it will be a good learning exercise for him.
I accidentally bought colored sandwich bags, which really came in useful because I implemented a color coded system for packing. Daddy had yellow, Buggy got green, Bubbles was blue, and I was red. It helped so much. Each snack pack has a Capri-Sun and a fruit snacks. Some of the bags have a Little Debbie treat in them, though I didn’t feel like hyping them up on sugar was a good idea.
I am so excited to embark on this journey with these kids! We are working on teaching Bubble about colors, the ABC’s song, and how to count to 10, so a lot of the drive will probably be involving that. Buggy is starting to learn how to independently read, and so I bet he will be eager to stick to his books. I have a knitting pattern I wrote to test, hopefully this trip is as magical as I think it will be!
What are your favorite things to do in the car on road trips?