By Carson Davis
If you’re going on a road trip with toddlers this summer, chances are, you’ve got a lot to pack. Here are some small items that make a big impact during hours in the car.
Snacks and Drinks
This probably goes without saying, but good snacks are key on a long road trip. It’s easier to keep driving when your children are sleeping peacefully, even if you’re hungry. Pack a variety of healthy snacks and full water bottles so you can maximize your drive time.
Hand sanitizer and wipes
It’s convenient to have your own cleaning supplies in the car for spills and snacks. Throw a couple of travel hand sanitizers and wipes in the glove box, and you’ll be ready for almost anything.
Plastic or reusable bags and a change of clothes
You never know when you’ll need to throw away a dirty diaper or store some wet clothes. Place a stash of large ziplock bags or reusable wet-dry bags in the trunk for keeping wet or dirty clothes contained. It’s also a good idea to have a change of clothes easily accessible for everyone in the car.
Buy a ready-made kit or stock a shoe box with: pain reliever, bandages, gauze, alcohol swabs, gloves, thermometer, tweezers, a first-aid booklet, and any other medical supplies your family might need in a pinch.
Sleeping Bag from The Milk & Honey Co.
If your children like blankets in the car, let them nap with a Milk and Honey Co. sleeping bag zipped open and spread over their feet. They’ll be cozy on the drive, and you won’t need to bring an extra blanket.
Many games sell travel versions, like magnetic chess. Find something you like, and save it for a special treat on the trip. You can also order conversation-starter type games for older children and adults–or task a traveler with writing out a series of questions on index cards.
Music, podcasts, or audiobooks
Enlist your passengers’ help in building a selection of songs and stories. Spend a couple of weeks before the trip creating the perfect playlist and enjoy it long after you’ve come home