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what to pack and what to leave at home March 19, 2009

Filed under: Activities — Kate @ 9:24 am

We haven’t made any SUPER long car trips with the kids, but we have done the 5 hour drive or various plane rides to visit grandparents quite frequently!  Even just having things planned for the wait in the airport can be important.  At least in that situation you can get up and get out wiggles for part of the travel time!  I guess my biggest tip about what to bring with you for travel is to bring LOTS of the essentials!  Extra diapers, plastic bags, books, snacks, binkies, pens, etc!  … you never know when a plane will be delayed or you will get a flat tire!

It is important to remember what YOUR child likes to do!  My little girl could put things in and out of a container for hours, so anything that she can open and move around (w/o dropping too many times) is a hit for her!  Think things you are already going to be bringing with you … a baggie with pens even!  My son would much rather have something to watch or listen to, so a book on CD or a DVD is a great tool!  Some ideas might sound great, but just try to remember what kinds of things you KNOW your child likes :)

We are planning a trip combining both long plane rides (from inland northwest to midwest) and long car rides (from midwest to south) this summer, so I’m happy to pre-think about the ways to avoid catastrophe for us and our will be 2.5 year old and almost 4 year old!  We are looking at doing multiple destination tickets (or one way tickets) as one tactic to avoid 2 long car rides in the midst of all of the other craziness!  Please feel free to share any other tips, successes or failures that you have had with traveling with little ones!

Here are a few more websites with LOADS of useful tips that other people have compiled … I hope they are helpful!

Travel Toys – toys are listed by age groups with pictures

Car Travel Games for Toddlers – some creative ideas for things to do in the car


One Response to “what to pack and what to leave at home”

  1. Christa Says:

    As you know I’m heading out on roadtrip as well! I found this great idea that I wish I had known about starting 5 years ago!! How many time have I been washing baby/toddler dishes and pacifiers in hotel sinks – this is from 4. Whenever I travel with my baby and toddler, I always bring along a box of denture cleanser tablets. They are amazing for cleaning pacifiers, baby spoons, sippy cup lids, and anything else that is hard to sterilize on the road. I just fill a glass with warm water, drop in the item, and pop in a tablet. We’re good to go in five minutes. –Amy from Burlington, VT

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