Hey there and welcome! I’m glad you stopped by today! Are you heading out on the open road and taking your toddlers with you? Brave soul. Only kidding. Mostly.
Actually, traveling with kids is totally doable! The key is to be prepared!
Our summers are usually full of road trips. While it’s definitely easier to travel sans children, I wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s great family time. We have even been known to spend weeks on the road at a time.
Once such time when I had two little ones, we were getting ready to spend two weeks traveling. The longest we’d gone with kids. I was really nervous about keeping our rambunctious, energetic boys happy in the car for that long.
I spent A LOT of time getting together activities for them to do. My husband said to me at one point, “I am only going to say this once. I think you are waaaaay over-preparing as far as entertainment for the boys.”
I just kinda rolled my eyes because I knew that my wonderful husband would do what daddy-drivers do with fussy babies trapped in car seats. He’d get frustrated, try to distract them only to be screamed at more loudly. Then he’d get upset that they were yelling. He’d yell, trying to be heard over their racket, then he’d stuff earbuds in his ears and totally drown them out with an audio book or something.
And I’d be stuck with screaming banshees in the backseat.
I will admit that I was very over-prepared. But most of our problem was location, location, location! The bag was on the floor in between the boys. In their car seats, neither kid could reach the bag on the floor and it was too far back for me to reach it. So… on our next 2,000+ mile trip, we stuck the food box and activity bag closer to momma. Lesson learned.