First road trip
Next week (11th September to 15th September) we are going to Cornwall for the first time. Also, it will be the longest road trip we’ve ever taken with our son. Almost 6 hours in a car with a very active toddler. That sounds a little bit scary 😉 But we want to make that trip enjoyable for us and our baby. That’s why we’ve already prepared. We have a nice plan, checklist and we feel very organized. We believe that trip will be fun and unforgettable.
Prepare your car
- First of all, we want to pack our car night before. I’m sure it will help everything move along swiftly and reduce the chance I’d forget something. Also, it will make me less stress during departure time. And we will be more willing to leave a house on time 🙂
- We are planning to stop every two hours for breaks. I know that the longer my baby will be sitting in the car seat, the more likely he’ll become unhappy.
- We planned what we need to keep in a boot and what to keep within arm’s reach.
- Window shades are a must. Obviously, we need it to protect him from the sun but also to create a nice atmosphere for a nap.
What do you need to take with you?
Based on our notes I can tell you it will be quite a long list. You need to prepare a lot of things to entertain your baby and some stuff to be prepared for unexpected surprises (diaper explosion, food explosion (?), vomiting).
- extra clothes
- muslin squares
- wet wipes
- changing mat
- baby’s blanket and cuddly toy
- dummy (if your baby is using)
- food pouches, snacks, juice
- sipper cup
- plastic bags (for dirty nappies, trash, etc)
- lots of toys- favorite ones and one new
- phone or tablet with a full battery- with baby’s music, cartoons
- family first aid kit
- back seat organiser- best thing to keep everything that you need close to your hands
Don’t forget about yourself
To keep everyone safe in a car you need to remember about yourself. That’s why you need to prepare drinks and snacks for adults. Don’t forget any medications if you need to take any. Do breaks whenever you need to. Especially when your baby will be crying and you will become more stressed and nervous.
Remember that when you are driving with a baby you’ll not always able to stick to your plan. It’s better to be late than unsafe. No matter what keep your baby in car seat. Even if you want to breastfeed. Best thing to do is to pull over. What’s really important do not leave your baby alone in the car. It’s really dangerous especially when it’s hot outside.
Be aware that road trip before having a baby and with baby are two completely different things. So try to stay relaxed as much as you can. Enjoy your trip and write down what’s working for you and your baby and what’s not. And definitely, your next road trip will be easier and you will feel more comfortable than now.