Roadtrip with Toddlers

This week we are planning on setting out on our first family road trips. And by road trip I mean a 19 hour/ 2 day drive each way. The longest we’ve gone with kids before is just under 4 hours so to say that I am nervous is an understatement.

I know that many people have had cross country trips with story and lived to tell the tale but that doesn’t make me feel much better. Specially when I ask for the wisdom of parents that have done it before and their advise usually includes a DVD Player and an iPad and we have none of those options available. Plus with Zen still rear facing I don’t think that a DVD player would be such a great option anyway.

I have to work with what I have so I hope that a bunch of books, crayons, paper, snacks and a cookie tray with magnetic letters will be enough to save our sanity in between stops. I am also planning on packing balls for playing and running in those grassy fields in the rest tops (weather permitting) in hopes of burning off accumulated energy.

I am off to my Excel packing list and pray that I can get through packing without having to take a hit of Rescue Remedy…


Have you gone on a long road trips with toddlers? What survival tips do you have to share?