Going on a long car trip for your next summer vacation? Yeah, the long ride can be relaxing. You can either sleep, listen to music, meditate, or whatever you would want to do to make use of the hours! NOT WHEN YOU ARE A MOM IN CHARGE OF MAKING SURE YOUR TODDLER DOESN’T GIVE YOU TOO MUCH OF A HARD TIME. Lol. Before we had Nishka, all I ever needed to worry was making sure the playlist I prepared is enough to last us the whole trip. I’m the type of girl who packs very light, that dramatically changed post-baby. I practically bring almost the whole household now when traveling.
We LOVE to travel, my mission is to spoil my little one with experiences instead of material things. So every time we have a chance (when Daddy has paid breaks from work), we always go on vacations. And most vacations require traveling for looong hours. I’ve already mastered the art of traveling with a toddler sans tantrums.
So what are the essentials you need to bring when traveling by land? This is based on multiple experiences so read on below:
1. Car Seat
If you are considering on traveling without a car seat, prepare for a massage when you get home. I tried this once and not only did my arms fell asleep, I think they died. Good thing they were revived and brought back to life after the trip (yes it was a different kind of CPR from a masseuse). If you’re wondering if a car seat is a good investment, the answer is a BIG YES. It may take some time before the little monster gets used to being in a car seat though, make sure to place her in the car seat for shorter periods of time (going to the mall, church, etc.) before the super long ride.
Bring your little one different kinds of snacks because they won’t eat the same kind of food for 4-6 hours. Make sure the food you bring is easy for them to chew and swallow because they’re eating in a moving vehicle to avoid choking. Choose snacks that are easy for them to hold too and snacks that won’t give you a messy aftermath (hint: avoid chocolates altogether).
Not only water but different types of drinks as well. You have to put it in sippy cups or cups with a straw though because again – moving vehicle. If toddler is still breastfeeding, much better!
4. Educational Shows
Long drives can be very boring and annoying for toddlers. By the time you pass by 3-5 towns or cities, your toddler has probably been possessed with the spirit of wanting to jiggle already. Put their favorite show in front of them – problem solved. And by this I mean using either a tablet or sacrificing your phone in exchange for a moment of peace. If you’re concerned with exposing them to screen time more than the recommended hours a day, switch it up to screen time, then food, then toys, then drink. It’s up to your diskarte sizt, really.
Bring a few toys they can play when they start to get bored. Or flashcards so they can learn while on the road. Avoid bringing toys that are small enough for them to put it in their mouth and possibly swallowing it. The bigger, the better!
6. Neck Pillow
Useful when little monster falls asleep in the car seat. Do I have to elaborate any further? No need, I know you get me momshie.
That’s it! If you are a padede mom like me, breast is the answer. If you already tried and gave her everything but crayola pa din, palaklakin niyo lang ng gatas garantisado kakalma yan. This is everything on top of my head, if I missed a couple of things, I’ll add it here and if you also have must-haves na you find useful, please share them in the comments and I’ll add it on the blog post. 🙂