How to Travel with a Toddler

So how many of you tried to take a road trip with a toddler, aged 1.5 – 3 years old. Even a trip to the local store can be an adventure for our family with little Aaron, 2 year old, in tow. I have tried to think of anything and everything that we can use to entertain him while traveling.

First of all, when going on a trip, it is best to go when the child is normally asleep. If he/she is usually asleep by 9, try to head out around that time, so that (hopefully) the little one will sleep while traveling in the car. Bring an open mind and a soft heart.

One of our lifesavers while traveling has been the MagnaDoodle. You know that toy! The one that has the little pencil with a magnet on the end and the white board with the magnetic particles inside of it. With our little one, he just scribbles. With an older child, you can have him/her draw what they see out the window. If you pass a big building, ask the dear child to draw it for you. Or a big tree. Or an airplane.

Bring along some little cars or baby dolls. You child can play with the cars or feed their baby dolls.

Bring lots and lots of animal crackers, goldfish, string cheese, chips, grapes, or any other snack that your child loves.

If your child is still young enough, bring a lullaby CD. For the older ones, a sing along CD.

Portable DVD player and their favorite movie.

Be sure when you stop to eat or potty, let the children run around a bit. Maybe stop at a fast food restaurant and take it to the closest park. Let them eat, play for a bit, and get their energy out.

Books. Bring plenty of books.

Last but not least, take some Tylenol for yourself. You may need it!!!