Tips on How to Survive a Road Trip with Toddlers
This summer we’re looking to save both time and money by packing most of our snacks and games for our trips. Because we’ll be traveling with two toddlers I ‘d like to only stop when we absolutely have to for stretches or bathroom breaks, so we can get where we’re going faster. We started doing a little planning to make sure that we have a ton of healthy and affordable snacking options that will appeal to both our two kids and mommy and daddy!
Here are some healthy snack suggestions below as well as some family road trip hacks to help you on your next trip!
Healthy Travel Snacks For Toddlers
Finding the right balance between happy and healthy is never easy. That’s why there’s TruMoo. Our kids love the TruMoo milk boxes that are found right in the juice aisle. The boxes are slender and a bit tall which make it perfect for little hands to grip onto. There’s also no high fructose corn syrup or artificial growth hormones and they offer 8 grams of protein. We always pick up our favorite chocolate milk flavor, but they also come in vanilla and strawberry. For product information and availability, visit TruMoo online
To go with our TruMoo chocolate milk boxes I packed mostly bite-size snacks and easy grab and go items like pepperoni sticks and string cheese. Some other ideas include fruits and vegetables, pretzels, granola bars. If you have picky eaters, which most toddlers are bring along a favorite dip like a low-fat ranch or hummus for the veggies. You can also Find TruMoo Recipe inspiration on Pinterest. And don’t forget to Join the TruMoo community on Facebook.
Now that you know your hungry toddlers will be taken care of, next you’ll want to make sure that you have some activities planned out for them and packed. One little hack that I love was this $1 cookie sheet I picked up before our last vacation that I sprayed with chalkboard spray paint, turning it into an easy chalkboard/magnet activity tray. You can grab some toy cars and use it to draw roads, use magnetic letters, or draw with some chalk.
And these activity trays are the perfect size for a small cookie sheet. They also fit perfect on their laps in the car making it ideal for holding snacks when they’re not using it to play on. There’s also a cup holder and two other slots that are great for holding their tablets, crayons, and coloring books for the trip.
Some other items to pack to keep your kids busy are:
– Reusable Sticker Books – Sensory Bottles – Kids Music – Portable DVD Player – Kids Movies – Crayons/ Coloring Books Tip – Stop at the Dollar Store before you leave and pick up a few “emergency” toys. I kept a few of these with us for those horrible toddler tantrum moments where absolutely nothing in the world will make them happy and dealing with a tantrum in a already crammed car is awful and kids love new toys, so keep them handy for those moments.
Family Road Trip Hacks
Here are some more tips that I thought were too good not to share with you! Click on the links for the tutorials.
1. Make these easy snack necklaces with the kids before your trip. Great for putting in a movie!
2. Transform an old DVD case into a DVD coloring kit with colored pencils and paper.
3. Use a Dollar Store hanging shoe organizer to organize some necessities in your car.
4. Upcycle and old spice bottle to a travel crayon holder.
5. Fill a tackle box with small snacks for a convenient food travel kit.
6. Use and empty peanut butter jar for the perfect snack hack using vegetables and dip.
7. Use zip bags for packing kids daily outfits and accessories.