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My family recently took a Labor Day Weekend road trip to Smith Mountain Lake. We went with friends who have similar age children and it was such a great time.
I have found myself traveling frequently with my babies since they were born. I believe I have become a bit of an expert when it comes to traveling with kids and I have a system down. We have flown in addition to our share of road trips, but for this post I am sharing my tips for traveling via car.
I start by making sure my baby and toddler will be comfortable and dry for the journey, this goes a long way to ensuring happy travelers!
For our labor day trip I prepared by going to Babies"R"Us to stock up on all the necessities needed to keep the kids happy during the car ride, and while at our rental cabin.
I have been using Babies "R" Us since I signed up there for my first baby registry. I still find myself shopping there for everything baby and toddler related under the sun. They have a great product assortment, I get "rewards"R"us" benefits, and receive plenty of coupon deals in the mail.
Here are my shopping and packing tips for keeping babies and toddlers comfortable while traveling by car:
Make sure you purchase enough sunscreen, diapers, wipes and snacks ahead of time. I like to keep all of these items easily accessible in the car, you never know what you may be dealing with when you get to your destination as well.
Pack a bag with snacks and drinks. If it's easy to eat in the car even better! Examples are fruit pouches, cheese sticks, cut up fruit, raisens, crackers and cups with leak proof lids.
Make sure to bring a few favorite toys and blankets. I also include coloring books with a couple of crayons and stickers.
Leave at a time that will work well for napping. In this case we left in the morning so both kids were up for awhile but eventually got their midday nap while in the car.
Take frequent breaks to rest, breastfeed or have a snack or potty break (for my older child, who is potty training).
Pack plenty of diapers and wipes and a portable changing pad. Some changing pads even have a place to store those diapers and wipes.
I like to use my changing pad to take care of diaper changes in the back of the car. I have done this with a hatchback and now a minivan, but sometimes I have even laid it out across the front seat in a pinch. It beats using a dirty rest stop bathroom.
Bring easily accessible changes of clothes.. because you never know what may happen!
I also carry hand sanitizer, towels and extra blankets in my car at all times so they are available if needed.
And the best way to keep my toddler happy and dry in the car..
Make sure he is in a comfortable diaper!
While I was stocking up for the trip at Babies"R"Us I noticed that Huggies Little Movers has a new improved design described as their driest feeling diaper ever. I already use this diaper on my son so I was happy to try the new improved version. He is an extremely active little boy and has been since he started walking. I love these diapers because they keep him dry and the elastic waistband stretches with all of his crazy movements (running, climbing, sprinting, climbing.. okay you get the idea).
After having two babies back to back I am used to the daily challenges of keeping a baby dry and even more so when traveling. In addition to all of the features I already loved about Huggies Little Movers, the new version has leak lock for up to 12 hour protection and the dry touch absorbs on contact.
You can find out more about the New Huggies Little Movers on their social pages at Twitter and Facebook. You can also find a coupon here if you would like to try the new Huggies Little Movers from Babies"R"Us.
Our trip went so smoothly, the kids were happy and relaxed the whole drive. No major accidents or incidents, and they had a blast at the lake with our family and friends. Let me know how would the new Huggies Little Movers fit into your daily or travel routine?