Travelling with a toddler

Mariellaneries - posted on 11/24/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 2 yr old son and I will be travelling soon for a long trip. Any good tips for travelling with a toddler? Thanks.

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Jennifer - posted on 12/03/2010

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When my son was almost 2 and a half, he and I moved from England to the USA. LONG plane ride! lol. the best you can do is have a bag full of what he likes - as well as some new things to be surprises. ziplock with a couple of crayons in it, couple books, some toys. hit a dollar/pound store for a slinky (it'll get ruined but he'll love it) and little bits like that. things that won't matter getting lost or broke - as well as a few of his most fav things from home. my son has a puppy that goes everywhere - I made him a leash for the trip...that dog weren't going anywhere. lol.

good luck!

Heather - posted on 11/25/2010

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We travel to Florida atleast 3-4 times a year(10 hr drive each way), ever since my son was 6 months old. At first all I needed to keep handy was a few small toys and bottles. Now that he is 2 1/2, I feel like I have to bring half the house, lol. Best suggestions I have for you is, 1. Portable TV, this will keep my son occupied for quite a while in the car (best thing I ever got for trips)
2. Several toys, books, things to keep him occupied that are also small enough for you to hand over in one swift movement
3. A bunch of different snacks, if your son is anything like mine, he likes to feel independant and decide for himself what he wants to eat, so I have those disposable ziplock bowls that I put different things in each one and just ask him which he would like to have. Usually, apples in one, grapes in another, and cookies in another. Also, I bring juiceboxes that are easy to stick the straw in and hand to him(depending on if your child is ready for those or not)
4. The most important for my child, he has a blankie that he does not go anywhere without, in the sense of he sleeps with it every night, and when he is at home he carries it everywhere around the house. It is a security thing for kids when they attatch themselve to a specific blanket or toy to that degree. On long trips, the child is not sure of what is going on, a change in scenery can confuse them, it is good to keep a few things that are familiar to them, especially something they have attatched themselves to like a blankie or teddy bear

Kerry - posted on 11/24/2010

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We regularly go camping which usually involes long drives. My biggest reccomendation is regular stops, every hour or so even if it is just for a few minutes, let you child out for them to stretch their legs and maybe play on a playground for a bit. (their more likely to fall asleep in the car too!) We are thinking of investing in tv screens for the back seats which you can pick up pretty cheap now. Not my ideal solution but if it's a really long trip like a day or two it's more important that they are occupied rather than mum or dad turning around constantly and then having an accident! I would also say, take quiet relaxing toys like their favourite teddy, we have experienced what happens when you take too many over stimulating toys.....

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