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...
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.