Why did we take a 7-hour road trip, you ask?  And why, pray tell, did we do it voluntarily?

Hubster and I decided to make the trip back to his grad school alma mater for their homecoming this weekend.  We wanted to visit some friends that we haven’t seen since May.  They’re worth the drive. 😉  I’ll post some pictures next week.

My tips for road trip survival with a toddler?

  • Give yourself lots of extra time to reach your destination so that you can take plenty of stops.  Get your toddler out of the car every couple of hours to walk around and stretch out.
  • Designate a toy that is just for car trips.  C has a toy robot
    that keeps him occupied for hours.
  • Book a suite-style hotel room.  Budget-friendly places like the Residence Inn & Suites, Staybridge Suites, and GrandStay have one- or two-room suites that provide your toddler with her own room for naps and an early bedtime.  They also may have a kitchen complete with a microwave and refrigerator to help keep toddler food and snacks ready.
  • BYOS – Bring Your Own Snacks!  Don’t forget to pack your toddler’s favorite snacks.  He may not react favorably to restaurant food.
  • Pack child-proofing items like electrical outlet plugs.  We forgot outlet plugs this weekend, so I’ve been quite the helicopter parent following C around.  Oops!

Have you taken a road trip with your toddler?  Do you have any tips?

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