Travel Tips

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I may be insane, but we're going to take my son, who will be 17 months old at the time, on a road trip from Pennsylvania to North Carolina for vacation. I NEED TRAVEL TIPS! Before children, the trip took us approximately 6-7 hours, and I'm hoping that the addtion of a toddler doesn't double that! I've been stocking up on some travel toys and small board books, but I'm finding that a lot of travel toys contain small parts and aren't approved for kids under 3. Sooo, does anyone have any neat tips about toys they've made/created? Games to play? Ways to keep him calm and happy? What to expect? What has worked for you? ANY help is appreciated! Thanks!

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Thanks, ladies. I've been stocking up on little board books, CD's, and small toys and hiding them so he won't be able to play with them until we get in the car. He usually does fall asleep in the car, so that's what I'm hoping for! Taking shifts in the back seat is a good idea, too. I like that. Thanks again!

Keri - posted on 06/25/2009

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What about a cd with some of his fave songs on that you can sing along to as well?? If you keep the new toys and books out of his sight before you go, and just pull them out one by one as a means of distraction, he may be that wowed by them that they'll keep him occupied that little bit longer....and you may even be lucky enough that he'll fall asleep in the car!!!!! ;) Good luck!!!!!!!

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You may be surprised at how well he does. My youngest hates his carseat but when we take trips he is very good. My husband and I take turns sitting in the back with the kids. We read books, sing, watch movies on our laptop, have a variety of toys and also bring snacks along. Taking a break every few hours so they can stretch their legs helps a lot. Traveling at night is another good option. This way they can sleep most of the time. Hope some of this helps. Have fun!

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