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How to Keep a Toddler Entertained on a Long Road Trip

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By Michel AhbsPublished 3 years ago 3 min read
How to Keep a Toddler Entertained on a Long Road Trip
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If you are a mom and dad who love travel and can't stop, then your children are going to get into the travelling groove someday as well. However, if your kids are tiny tots then the whole travelling experience can be quite exhausting...it is exhausting for adults as well. So, going on a trip without a plan on how to keep the baby toddler entertained is a bad move. Here are a few common-sense pointers that moms and dads tend to forget in all the excitement and rush.

Creating a magical experience and expecting the worst

When it comes to travelling with small kiddies, you have got to expect crankiness when they get tired and bored of simply looking out of the window at what's going past. This is when you will also start to lose patience and the negative mood and energy that emanates from you and your kid could cause a disastrous situation and spoil the entire experience.

Considering all this it is important for moms and dads to keep calm and speak in calm and hushed tones so that the baby will not get even more agitated than they already are. Keep your attitude positive and try to be as cheerful as possible to keep the little one happy.

Organize toys and snacks

You probably think it will be easy to lug around one bag that is filled with toys and snacks rather than two. But think of it this way, especially if you travel solo, if your little one feels irritated because of the heat or tiredness, looking for that pacifying toy or snack in a big bag with many things could be maddening. If you've been through it you'll know the pain.

What you can do instead is be a little more organised with the way toys and snacks are packed. If you are travelling long distances on the road, then start by getting two separate bags for snacks and toys. Eco-bags should do great. Fill up a plastic bag with smaller toys and put them in the bag with toys. When taking books and a portable DVD player, get a big shoe box and pack them in neatly. This way, everything you need is within easy reach.

Leave at the right time

Sure enough, when travelling as an adult, you might feel that getting started as early as possible would be the best idea, but with kids, this might not work. It also depends on the mood the little one is in. In the earlier part of the day, little ones have a lot of energy that needs to be released. Perhaps leaving after your child's preschool time or after a good play session might work better. He/she might not mind taking a rest and sitting in the car for hours on end for the drive.

If you have a small baby, then it might be better to leave just before nap time so that he/she is asleep for most of the journey and will not be as tired or crotchety.

Make stops at fun places

Sitting a travelling at a stretch without getting off to stretch your legs can make you feel awful, this is the same with your toddler as well. on your way to hill country hotels in Sri Lanka, the journey can be tiring. So, try making a few stops, for example, opt for places like restaurants which have a play area so kids can expend some of that pent-up energy. Also, remember to choose a hotel like Hunas Falls Hotel Kandy which have kid-friendly facilities for the little toddlers to enjoy.

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Michel Ahbs

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