Road Trips with Toddlers


With the holidays coming up, there are probably a lot of people planning road trips to grandma’s house. In our family, the closest grandma is three hours away. So, as you can imagine, we do a lot of road trips with toddlers. My kids have gotten to that age where I can no longer guarantee they will stay asleep for an entire car ride.  This means I either have to deal with loud babies…or get creative.  I’m choosing the latter.Road Trips with Toddlers. Quick ideas to keep younger children busy in long car rides.Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission.  Thank you for supporting Twitchetts!These are a couple of the things that I do to stay sane during our long drive.

These are a couple of the things that I do to stay sane during our long drive.

Tips for Road Trips with Toddlers

Books.  Books.  And More Books!
Books are my biggest ally during car rides. I load up the car with as many that can fit. I start with a chunk in between the kids and have backups for later.  And I pick longer books or books with a lot of pictures.  These seem to hold their attention longer than a quick board book.Road Trips with Toddlers. Quick ideas to keep younger children busy in long car rides.


Magnet Puzzles
For this last trip, I tried something new. I glued magnets to the backs of some puzzle pieces.Road Trips with Toddlers. Quick ideas to keep younger children busy in long car rides.It only took a dot of super glue and a small piece of scrap magnet. I have a stash of advertising magnets that worked perfectly.I was going to buy some inexpensive cookie sheets, but I didn’t get around to it. So I threw these cake pans in the bag instead.Road Trips with Toddlers. Quick ideas to keep younger children busy in long car rides.They were a hit!Road Trips with Toddlers. Quick ideas to keep younger children busy in long car rides.


Toys
Especially for Mr. Monster. A bucket filled with small toys keeps him entertained for a chunk of time. At this stage, he loves to take things from the bucket and put them back in.

Food

Nothing is worse than a hungry toddler. Load up on snacks and water. Nothing too messy of course. We always pack crackers, veggie straws, and O’s.

What are some of the ways that you keep your sanity on road trips with toddlers?

post signature
post signatureI am already dreading the many car rides we have planned for the holiday season… I also like to do doodle pads and crayons!

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