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How to travel with a Toddler

Wednesday, 6 April 2016  |  Admin

I am going away on Monday on a UK holiday with my toddler. Before we get there though, we must first face most parents nightmare. A long car journey with a toddler! We will be travelling for around 3 and a half hours. With an active two year old, I don't think it's going to be easy.

As a way of feeling organised and prepared, I have took certain steps that I hope will make the journey more pleasant for us all. I thought I'd share them with you. To be honest most tips regarding travelling with a child can be adapted for any form of travel. We have done plane and train travel with Jack and these tips were useful for that too.

1) If you can, travel when your toddler is due for a nap

I realise that this is not always possible. Costs, itinerary and other things must come first. I have a napping (most of the time) toddler, so we are going to plan our journey to start about an hour before Jack's nap time. Hopefully the movement of the car will give us around an hour of peace before my one woman entertainment show will resume.

2) Take plenty of snacks

My toddler is always hungry and now he can tell you what he wants, he is happy to communicate this. Shouts of "snacks please" are a regular occurrence at my house. If your toddler is like this, pack snacks in the car with you and make sure they are accessible. On a recent car journey, I was very organised and took everything I needed. Problem is is packed it all in the boot and only realised when we were on the motorway. Learn from my mistakes!

3) The tablet and other toys are your friend

Entertaining a toddler when they are unable to move can be quite difficult especially if your toddler doesn't really like sitting still. I take a few different things with me in the car and try to make each activity last as long as possible. For this journey I'm taking the IPad which has been filled with Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam episodes. I also have nursery rhymes on a CD and lots of little cars and other toys that will hopefully be used for more than two minutes.

4) Plan in a service stop

I always am aware of where the services are on our journeys. It is always good to know just in case. I'm sure that we will stop at least once. I always make sure the changing bag is too hand as well.

I hope this helps!