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5 Ways To Ensure A Successful Road Trip With A Toddler

Written by Karie Reynolds


Posted on September 19 2018

Vacations can be needlessly stressful. And thinking about how you are stressed but shouldn’t be — because it’s vacation — seems to only make matters worse. This is especially true if you are going on a road trip with a toddler. From trying to get unbuckled while out on the road to crying for no apparent reason, toddlers aren’t always the best travel companions. To help you avoid these traveling woes, consider these five ways to help your child stay entertained and comfortable until you arrive at your final destination.


When it comes to mobile entertainment, there has never been a better time to live. For children, there are not only numerous handheld devices for entertainment, but there are also a seemingly endless number of entertainment options. Whether they want to play games, watch movies, or listen to kid-friendly songs, technology makes this simple and affordable. The key to facilitating all this simple entertainment is to plan before you depart. Make sure that your device is updated and loaded with all the entertainment you need. 

Educational Activities

Depending on the age of your children, road trips may be the perfect opportunity to teach them something new. Whether it’s colors, shapes, the alphabet, or something else, traveling provides an ideal opportunity to teach your children while also keeping them occupied.

Get Creative

Before the advent of cell phones and tablets, family road trips were nearly synonymous with classic car games like “I Spy,” “20 Questions,” and the “Alphabet Game.” The great thing about these games is that they can be adjusted to match the abilities of your child. Need a refresher on some of the classic games? Looking for game ideas? Check out this blog post by titled 9 Classic Car Games That Can Save Your Next Road Trip.

Additionally, if you are feeling interactive, there are many activities and games that can provide hours of entertainment. Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman, finger puppets, stuffed animals, picture boards, and chain stories, for example, are all fun, creative game ideas.

Have Snacks Ready To Go

With travel, we lose many of our routines. This often includes dietary routines. Whether you find yourself eating out more or eating more unhealthy, travel can change diets. While as an adult, this may be a much-enjoyed travel indulgence, for children, eating a fast-food-only diet can make them cranky and lethargic. Be sure to bring plenty of their favorite snacks while in transit.

Take A Gate

Do you have a curious toddler? This is a good thing, and they’ll likely grow up to become curious lifelong learners. However, while on a trip, there’s nothing exciting about your child’s curiosity to see what’s at the top of the stairs. While having a baby safety gate in the vehicle isn’t going to do much in the way of entertaining your child, it can be a crucial part of ensuring a successful road trip. How so? It guarantees that you have a reliable way of accomplishing one of the most important baby-proofing tasks: restricting access to the stairs.

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