Road Trip with a Toddler? You Better Start Your Packing List

by Jenn

I love the summer months, everything from the warmer weather to the kids being home from school for a bit so we can have a few family road trips.  This year we’re planning on a longer road trip than normal, it’s going to be 10 hours in a car with four children.  My husband and I are either brave or stupid; I have not decided which yet lol.  If there is one thing I have learned about taking a road trip with a toddler, it’s not to do it, lol.  Seriously thought, don’t do it they will drive you banana’s but I do admit once you reach your destination and reflect back on the trip you’ll immediately start dreading the trip home.  Yup, it happens, but there are things you can do to make the journey a little less painful, like starting your packing list now.  The earlier, the better, the last thing you want to do is forget anything.

Packing Checklist For Traveling with a ToddlerPacking Checklist For Traveling with a Toddler

Here are a few things to make sure you have on your packing list if you are traveling with a toddler and want to return home with your sanity and all your hair.

  • Diaper Bag – OMG, don’t forget this it’s supposed to have all your toddler’s essentials.  TIP: Make sure everything is in it before packing it, don’t assume.  We all know what happens when once thinks, right?
  • Diapers – Bring plenty, more is better than less.
  • Wipes – Again more is better than less.
  • Diaper cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Compact Changing Pad – There are a lot of diaper bags that come with changing pads that work perfectly for traveling with a toddler or you can grab one from the store.
  • Bottles – Bring enough so can get to where you are going without needing to wash a bottle.
  • Formula
  • Stroller – If your toddler gets tired while you are out and about you’ll want to have an easy to travel with, light, compact stroller.
  • Blankets – I try to bring several blankets because things happen with kids, and I like to have a backup.
  • Clothing – Socks, shoes, shirts, pj’s, tops and bottoms. Don’t forget an extra pair for a while you are traveling.
  • Seasonal items – If it’s warm out bring a swimsuit, cold jacket, sunscreen, sun hat, bathing suit, etc.
  • Sleeping arrangements – You can bring along a play yard or something similar for baby to sleep in.
  • Bath stuff – Baby shampoo, lotion, toys, toothbrush, etc.
  • Cups – Of course this would be a spill proof sippy cup.
  • Bottled water
  • Baby food
  • Baby Spoon
  • Baby blanket – I always bring three or four
  • Brush
  • First aid kit – make sure it’s stocked with stuff for your child as well.
  • Medication – If your little one is taking any medication don’t forget to pack it.
  • Toilet paper – Yes, because you never know.
  • Paper towels or napkins – You never know you might need to clean up a mess along the way.  Better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them.
  • Toys
  • Coloring book & colors
  • Tablet & charger
  • Pens, pencils, and a notebook
  • Books

gerber lil beanies

  • Snacks – Whatever you do DON’T forget the snacks!  OMG, don’t do that!  Lucky for us there is Gerber Lil’ Beanies, which is a baked snack made with beans!  Yes, and they are perfect while you are chilling at home, playing in the yard or taking a 22-hour road trip.  If you forget snacks, you’re likely to come back without your sanity and broke, lol.  It’s true; it’s so expensive to stop and buy snacks along the way, especially if you are trying to keep up with a growing toddlers’ healthy appetite.  Not to mention that you are not making the healthiest choices along the way.

I’m not perfect, I am always trying to come up with ways I can feed my children better especially while we are traveling.  I admit it, last summer I really let them eat to much junk, which is not only bad for them but OMG it’s expensive.  This year I’ve been packing snacks and bringing along a cooler so we have nice cold drinks.

I’ve always been a fan of Gerber prdocuts so I was super excited when I learned there was a new baked snack by Gerber.   Yes, Gerber Lil’ Beanies is at your local Target store and they seem to be a real hit because they are all gone, lol. Seriously, I was out of town for a few days and my sister-n-law watched the kids.  When I got back she informed me what a huge hit they were with my the kids.  She was just as excited as I was to learn that Gerber Lil’ Beanies are not only baked but made with beans!  Yup, they are nutritious, and obviously taste fabulous, they are defiantly toddler approved around here and make a GREAT traveling snack!

As a mommy who is always on the go I want something that I can toss in a diaper bag and go to the store or a family road trip and Gerber Lil’ Beanies is the perfect snack for travels down the road, on a plane, train or automobile to another town.  Gerber Lil’ Beanies Snack offers a developmentally appropriate self-feeding snack that is perfect no matter where you are off to.  However, do keep in mind that like other snacks you should only give them to your little one while they are seated and supervised.

You can grab Gerber Lil’ Beanies in both Original  and in White Cheddar & Broccoli.

If you want to find Gerber Lil’ Beanies at a store near you can click here.

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