Well I’ve returned from my road trip with a toddler and excited to share some great tips. In Road Trip with a Toddler part 1 I shared all the planning and preparation that went in to getting ready for the trip. And it was certainly worth it.
Most of the trip went really well but on the way home we got just a little smarter. On the first part of the trip I packed all my daughters stuff in one suitcase and our stuff in another. That meant that the two nights we were on the road, we had to lug both suitcases in. On the way home, I packed just enough clothes with one extra set for my daughter in the smaller suitcase. Everything else got crammed into the larger one. So those two nights we only had to bring the smaller suitcase in.
5 More Tips and Tricks for a Road Trip with a Toddler
1. Clear Plastic Bags with ziplock or slider.
Bring lots and lots of extra plastic bags. In all sizes. We used them for everything. From packing toiletries to snacks and even wet clothes. Having everything in clear bags saved so much time because we didn’t have to figure out where everything was we could just see it.
2. Visit Children’s Museums.
On this trip we went to 3 different museums and had a great time at each. Sometimes I’m not sure who had more fun my daughter or the grown ups. Another thing that is great is that they are super affordable. I have found the admission to be under $10 per person. You can stay for an hour, play all day, or even play leave for lunch and come back and play some more.
3. Call the Hotel to Request a pack n play.
Most major hotel chains have pack n plays available at no extra charge. We would make the hotel reservation and call a few minutes later to request a pack n play. It was so nice having one less thing to bring in. They have it all set up and waiting in your room. I have found them to be clean and in good shape. I bring a sheet from home but they provide them.
4. Pick a hotel chain and join the rewards program.
Some of the perks of the rewards programs are free wi-fi, late check out, free bottled water, welcome bag with snacks and drinks, room upgrade and even free nights.
5. Get Creative.
There were definitely times that things didn’t go as planned and we had to think on our feet. One town that we stopped in we could not find a changing table. We checked 5 different places and no changing table to be found. So we needed to be creative when our options were limited since the car was packed with our stuff.
At one point we had to stop because my daughter had enough of the car and needed to run free. The weather was so cold that we couldn’t just go for a walk or stop at a park, which is what we wanted to do. So we ended up taking turns walking laps with her in the vending machine room at a rest stop.