Travel activities with Toddlers can be super fun! Sleeping in a car seat…Not so much!
Whether it’s picnic’ing in the back seat or feasting in the back of a motor home, traveling can be fun.
==>> Traveling can be fun with a little planning and preparation ahead of time <<==
When I was a kid my mother had the right idea. She piled all the luggage and bags for our trip behind the front seat, and into our leg space. Then she covered the entire back area including our seats with a couple of huge, thick quilts.
A few toys, comic books, crayons and puzzles and our seat became an activity center for travelling Toddlers.
–>> My Mom fashioned a Playpen of Luggage and Quilts <<–
This was Mom’s idea of “how to pack when traveling with toddlers,” and my brother and I loved it.
We could nap, color, or watch green, grassy fields run by the window. An awesome sight for Desert Dwellers who only saw grass when a neighbor planted it in their yard…..
Of course it was more difficult back then because there was no such thing as a car-seat. So long distance traveling could become quite unbearable for the Mom with a child on her lap for 1200 miles. It was a good thing the ’53 Chevy needed a drink of water every 50 miles.
Course, Daddy was prepared with a canvas water-bag hanging by a rope on the front of the car. The air circulating around it as we drove kept the water nice and cool.
There were no roadside parks nor rest-stops. Daddy stopped at Service Stations with a cafe near-by. At meal time he could feed us and the Chevy’s too.
My brother and I would argue, fight, color, play checkers, count cows, and cars and keep our self busy the entire way to Oklahoma. And truthfully, I don’t remember many arguments, and for the most part it was a fun trip. Of course, Mom might not agree.
Later, It never seemed quite that calm when Hubby and I took vacations with our four kids in the back seat. We had a much larger car and it didn’t drink water like a duck. So the trips became more like a dash to the finish line than slow and enjoyable. Of course, the roadside rest areas added calming breaks from the travel frenzy.
There is probably something to be said about the difference between the child traveler and the grumpy parent. Don’t you think?.
Enjoy them while they’re little and have some Fun Traveling this summer!
If you bring snacks, remember less mess the better. My daughter use to fly into our city every year when our grandson was a toddler.
She would prepare a plastic bowl filled with fruit and he would be content for the entire trip. This kid loves fruit to this day and he’s a sophomore in High School.
He was content to sit and eat cherries, berries and pineapple through an entire flight across the country.
Not all toddlers love fruit, but most kids have at least one favorite food that isn’t too messy.
Disney APT Convertible Car Seat, Mouseketeer Minnie
The older toddlers can be more self-sufficient with the storage hangers that fit right over the back of the seat in front of them.
Drink cups, Snacks, Color books, Crayons, Video games and Electronic devices are easily available.
<– If your toddler is still in a Car Seat, they need more attention than toddlers who can entertain themselves.
Remember MOM, if you stay calm the child will too. So chill-out, enjoy the ride, and sing aloud way more than you usual.
& And remember– Think of yourself, Mom, If you’re happy and calm, the toddler will be happy and calm too.
==>>Don’t forget the baby wipes or a wet wash rag in a baggie. <<==
Some Travel Toys for the older Toddlers
And Refreshments for all