Tips for road tripping with a toddler

I've mentioned more than once before and I'll say it again: traveling with a toddler is hard work. So why do Stu and I keep going away? Clearly, our sense of wanderlust and Alex's joy at discovering new sights and experieneces seems to make all the effort worthwhile.

Personally, I much prefer road trips to flights, as there are always stops to be made and sights to be seen along the way, while with flying, we're pretty much 'trapped' up in the air for hours on end. Land Rover has asked that I share a few of my road tripping tips with you today, so here goes...
Research best route - By best, I don't always mean shortest. Are there any rest areas, parks or places of interest along the way to break up the journey? Which route is best for the time you're travelling?

Roadside assistance - Picture this scenario: it's dark, and you're in the middle of the countryside, miles away from the nearest town. Everyone in the car is exhausted, and your restless toddler starts crying and screaming and then...the car breaks down. I honestly can think of few things worse, so for me, roadside assistance is a must so I'm never stuck in the middle of nowhere with no help in sight.

Plan your trip around toddler's sleep - Alexander naps for two solid hours everyday around midday, so Stu and I always make sure to leave approximately 30 minutes before his usual nap time. The steady motion of the car on the highway always lulls him into sleep quickly and we get to drive in peace for two hours.

Allocate plenty of time - If the trip usually takes one hour, make sure to give yourself two hours to get to your destination. Because DELAYS happen. I remember clearly the time we were driving to the airport in Tasmania to catch a plane home and Alex had a dummy spit and we had to stop to pacify him. And then he had a major poo explosion that had to be cleaned up, resulting in us arriving at the airport late. If our flight flight hadn't been delayed, we would've missed our flight for sure.

Entertainment - Play kid music, read a book, provide fun finger foods and/or new exciting toys to keep your toddler amused and entertained. Better yet, have an adult sit next to the child at the back to keep the child company.

18 Responses to Tips for road tripping with a toddler

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

It's good that you've found a way to make traveling with a toddler work for you. I can imagine road trips would offer more convenience and flexibility.

Rowena @ rolala loves

kidgranny said...

Ah, good to know! Do you usually sit in the back with Little A to keep him company? My sister used to do that until she had her second baby. Now the kids keep each other company.

sonia de macedo said...

Geez, it would be hard work indeed travelling with a toddler but then again why wouldn't you want to! I don't have kiddies but I friend of mine's son has just turned one. Will pass this onto her!

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Sharon D said...

Great tips, Trishie! ^.^

Sybil said...

aahh this is good.. i know my cousin who has 2 toddlers will totally appreciate this!! :D

Have a great week!
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jo said...

Hey Trishie, Alex has grown so much. What a cutie! I'm the opposite from you. I prefer flying, but then again I dislike flying, but it's better than being in the car. I'm extremely afraid of boredom, so I can't stay in the car and do nothing. Have a great week!

xo Jo

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My Garden Diaries said...

Such great tips here friend!! And how cute is your little guy in those shots! I am with you....I would much rather drive than fly! Happy travels! Nicole xo

Rose said...

Yes. Road trip with toddler is tiring but fun at the same time. Like the toddler, we the adults also discover new stuff.

Enara Girl said...

It is nice that you keep traveling. I hope to travel one day with my kids as well. xoxo

burntfeather said...

Travel is the one thing I don't envy parents for! When I hear a screaming kid on a plane, my first thought it always "poor parent"! At least with a car you can plan for things a bit better too, I like your points about timing, I feel like a little thought goes a long way in a successful trip!

Ananka said...

Good tips. I find long journeys hard! I let hubby drive and I sleep. Then when I want to drive he won't let me because he's enjoying it! :-)

Jane @ anothermommablog.blogspot.com said...

I prefer road trips over flying too! The flights are too inconsistent these days. I've been "trapped" on the tarmac for a couple of hours before. Luckily, it was just me traveling for work; I can't imagine having the kids with me. They'd be out of entertainment by the time the flight takes off.

Tina Bradley said...

What great tips! My son & daughter-in-law just returned from a trip to Disney with our sweet little grandson. They had a great time. I am totally impressed, too. They are far more adventurous than I was 30 years ago! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Azura Chan said...

I always get nervous when taking flights with the kid. However I do enjoy the road trip. They explores more and taught us to be patient towards them. Thanks for sharing the tips, anyway. 😊

akiko hiramatsu said...

His smile is so so lovely.
I am sure that this trip will become a great memory for him!

akiko

MaysaAndSunshine said...

These are great and very practical tips, Trishie. It is true that traveling with a child is exhausting. I think a road trip is not as bad as a long plane ride across the continents as you can stop and get out as you need with car but there is no way out on the plane. I have done that twice when my daughter was 2 then 3. It sure is all about good planning in advance. He will have so many fun memories.

Sydney said...

aww his smile is so sweet x and great tips especially about time management!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

I seriously cannot get over how adorable Alexander is! And how much he's grown and how much hair he has! hehe. I will most certainly be coming back to these tips when I'm brave enough for a roadtrip...probably in the fall :)