Sabine has been on MANY long car trips in her short life. The first few were easy-peasy because she was so young. The last one, though, was a little rougher. Between sickness and needing constant stimulation it was a long two days to Kentucky and an even longer (and smellier) two days home. This weekend we are heading to visit my extended family in PA and while this is a much shorter drive (just 5.5 hours) I am nervous about how she will take it now that she likes to walk every. waking. minute.
So I am preparing. I consider this a nice short test drive for our Christmas car trip from NYC to Alabama, which is going to be a doozie of a two-day fiasco. For this weekend I have assembled brown paper lunch bags of new and old toys and activities. Some are safe for her to inspect and play with by herself and others need a little adult supervision so they will be save for when one of us are in the back seat.
Here are a few of the goodie bags.
I also picked up a few “junk food” snacks for her to enjoy on the ride. We don’t eat a lot of this stuff in our house so I know they will be a real treat. I dug out one of our funky Ikea ice-cube trays to put snacks in. I think it will be fun for her to pick a snack out of each flower, and then she can inspect the tray!
And finally, I have carefully planned our route to include two fun, Sabine-friendly stops. We hope to be on the road by 6 a.m. and will drive 2.5 hours and stop at a Cracker Barrel for breakfast and play. We’ll drive another 2 hours after that and stop at a little library in DuBois, PA. I am really excited about this stop because Sabine LOVES books. Then we’ll power through the last 1.5 hours with the help of a movie and probably a second helping of apple juice.
What are your car travel tips? Anyone done a two-day trip with a toddler?