8 Tips For Road Trip Survival With Toddlers

road leading to the ocean
Fora dreamy roadtrip with toddlers, stop here.

Summertime means road trips. That’s right.

The open road.

The wind in my hair.

An awesome mix on shuffle.

Two toddlers screaming in the back seat.

Sound romantic?

In two weeks, we’re going to take a six hour car trip with two boys under four. One is potty-trained, one is still in diapers. Even with the DVD player, we still have hours of entertainment to fill. A lot of strategic planning is going to be necessary to keep everyone occupied.

Plus, there are factors to consider. Sometimes one will be asleep and the other will be awake. Sometimes both will be asleep for a while (oh please, oh please, I hope this happens for at least two hours). However, I have to prepare for the most difficult scenario:

2 boys. Awake. Strapped in car seats. 6 hours.

How can I make this into my ideal road trip? The kind I had when I was in college and totally care-free?

Oh, I can’t? Right, then.

Then, how can I make this into the closest toddler version of my ideal road trip? Yes, I recognize that it might be miles away from the dreamy past, but I’ll take what I can get.

Here’s what I’m packing and planning for this journey. Let me know if you have anything to add.

  • My own music 1 of 8
    My own music
    If you can, groom your child to like music that you like, too, or at least music you can tolerate.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Doodle Pro or 2 2 of 8
    Doodle Pro or 2
    These are fun for the kids, and I use them to play 'guess the picture or word.'
    Buy on Amazon $10.99
  • 9 X 12 Cookie Sheets 3 of 8
    9 X 12 Cookie Sheets
    How's about this for brilliant ideas: A cookie sheet can be used both as a magnet board and as a platform for cars and even blocks, if you dare to bring Legos on vacay.
    Buy on Amazon $11.08
  • A mountain of snacks 4 of 8
    A mountain of snacks
    How many times can a 3-year-old say "I'm Hungry!" in 6 hours? Well, I better have that many snacks.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • A ball 5 of 8
    A ball
    Hopefully we'll find a rest stop that has a picnic area where we can kick the ball for a bit to get some of the kinks out of our legs.
    Buy on Amazon $10.82-$22.99
  • Two of everything. 6 of 8
    Two of everything.
    If I have a toy car for one kid, I better have a toy car for the other kid, too, or it's gonna be a rough six hours.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Ziplock bags and paper towels 7 of 8
    Ziplock bags and paper towels
    Yes, you're welcome.
    Buy A Pack Of 3 for $29.99
  • Pants. Lots of Extra Pants 8 of 8
    Pants. Lots of Extra Pants
    Shirts, and underpants, too.
    Buy on $20.96

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