Road trips will be part of your life as a parent, whether you like it or not. Your lucky if you have a travel companion other than a baby or toddler in the backseat. But if you’re more of the daring solo-traveller with your little one, this road trip-hacks will come very useful for you.
Whether it’s an overnight road trip or a day trip with your baby and toddler, these tips will help!
Keep the essentials within your reach
Prepare and plan your road trip essentials ahead of time because the last thing you want is to scour the bottom of a travel bag because you couldn’t find an item that your kid needs. The rule is to always place the most-needed items on top of everything else like tissues, bibs, snacks and toys.
Feed (or eat) before you leave
Avoid spoiling your trip with a hungry road trip buddy. Give your little one the reasonable amount of food on the usual feeding time and allow a few minutes of rest before you head on for a drive. It will give you time to have one last potty or another diaper change before you leave.
Have several stopovers
Include several stopover points if you will be driving for more than an hour. Those short breaks could be a time for diaper changes. It will also be helpful to stretch your legs from the long drive.
Travel during the nap hours
If it’s your first time to drive with your baby or toddler and worried about tantrums while you’re driving, you could try scheduling your drive around the time of your baby or toddler’s nap schedule. It will make the whole journey so much easier for you and your little one.
What’s in your road trip playlist?
Pack a mix of your baby’s favourite tunes. If you’re not comfortable to let your child watch videos for hours, then your next best option is to have a road trip playlist that includes your kid-friendly music too. But if you’re satisfied with those nursery rhymes and lullabies then, by all means, carry on.
Pass the time with snacks
The view from the window has always been entertaining for the little ones. Add a bunch of snacks as they look at the view from their window to guarantee a satisfied little passenger. Just remember to give age-appropriate snacks or baby biscuits that are safe and almost mess free.
Securely attach some toys within your child’s reach
It helps to have toys dangling close enough to your baby. But if your little one is big enough to hold a toy, you can let them pick their toy buddy to entertain them while you drive. Attach a soft and stretchable material to keep the toy in place.
Don’t forget to bring your road trip must-haves too
Now that everything’s ready with your kids, be sure to also bring your essentials for the road trip. Your road trip items must include snacks, water and your reliable GPS navigation app to ensure a smooth journey.