Whether it’s an hour trip or five, it’s best to be prepared – especially where toddlers and young children are concerned.
Plan your time
If your journey is going to take 5 hours and you know you usually have to change your toddlers nappy every 2 hours then stop accordingly. Some toddlers are fine staying in their car seats for a lot amount of time whereas others need to stop half way or even every hour.
Plan your route
To avoid adding any additional time to your journey by getting lost, plan your route and put it into a sat nav system before you leave. Be sure of the route you are taking. The last thing you want when you have a screaming baby in the car is to be getting lost and stressed out.
Pack in advance
The last thing you want to be doing before a long journey (and most likely very early in the morning) is to have to do any last minute packing. The evening before our holiday we made sure the car was all packed up so all we had to do was get dressed and hop on the car.
Ising a baby mirror in the car is great for parents to be able to keep an eye on any rear-facing children and also is a good way for a child to feel less lonely and entertain themselves.
Write a list of games to play. These could include I spy, Count the red cars or Making silly animal noises.
Take favourite toys as a way to entertain children – just leave the noisy ones at home if you don’t want a headache!
Take plenty of food
When Amelia is travelling anywhere – even if it’s only 5 minutes away – we always take some snacks for her to munch on the way. She can be a bit of a nightmare in the car and the only way to stop her shouting on stop is to feed her!
This is good form of distraction for children that love music and singing along in the car.
Thear are great for games and watching videos which toddlers love.
Toddlers love to flick through books and look at pictures and make up stories.
And finally, Ear Plugs!
For obvious reasons.
So these are my top tips for travelling with a toddler. What else would you add?