Forgive the quality of my photo - we are enroute home. So I wanted to share the little wisdom I have garnered from this trip before it escapes my road-weary mind. Here are my tips for traveling with toddlers, they are in no particular order.
Start your trip just before bedtime. This maximizes the amount of time you will have for straight shot driving.
Use your best overnight diaper solution for car travel. Must wick moisture away from baby's bum and hold a good amount without leaking.
Use your best barrier cream. Even if that is a thick non-cloth approved cream. Use a diaper liner, you'll thank yourself later.
Bring good quality wetbags or ziplocks. Nobody wants to dunk and swish in a roadside restroom - but you are not going to want to sit in a car with the stinkies either (especially if there is traffic). If you are brave enough to do that you wouldn't want that water running all over your floor boards either.
Bring an assortment of simple to eat/clean finger-foods. Traffic and boredom will happen. Food is an entertainment option (thank you cheesy bunnies)
Keep a tote with varied yet simple (read: no parts or unattached accessories) These can be rotated as necessary. Note to self: Peter Rabbit needs a leash.
Flushable non-alcoholic wipes for bottoms/hands/toys/noses/ice cream-in-my-hair/etc. are a good idea for travel. So is waterless hand-sanitizer.
A car seat mirror is a must! You need to see the cute face he makes while making silly noises!
A comfy and safe car seat is another must.
Comfortable and loose fitting natural fiber clothing is a good idea. Put a blanket in reach also.
Be prepared to stop often for stretching little legs and burning off extra steam. Plan for it in your travel time and then add two more hours to that time.
Bring green tea bags with you. When you get to your destination you should give your toddler a tea bath. Let them sit and play in the water for as long as they like. Little Man had a bright red, angry bottom when we got there. 20 minutes in the bath and some "no diaper time" in the morning and his redness and irritation was a thing of the past.
So these are my tips. What have you used on your road trips? I'm already planning our next trip to Nana and PopPop's so I'd love your suggestions. We've just encountered MORE traffic - hooray!
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