4 Ways to Survive a Road Trip with Your Toddler

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Vacations are so much fun during the summer and if you're planning a road trip, they can be the most fun. Packing up the car and going for a long drive – taking in the scenes as you go, is a popular vacation, but when you have a toddler in tow, it's not quite the same.

If you've got a road trip planned this summer and you're taking your toddler with you, here are 4 tips on how to not only survive the drive, but have fun along the way.

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Bring reinforcements

You'll want to make sure your car is packed with all the essentials – and reinforcements for your toddler. That means, bring music they love, movies they like if you have a Blu-ray player in the car, books, toys, and their favorite blanket. It will help keep your child entertained and hopefully engaged while you're trying to navigate the next turn.

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Make frequent stops

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Make frequent stops

You can't make the marathon 14-hour drive between you and your partner any more because there's no way your 2-year old will stay put in their seat. Plan to make stops at places they can use the washroom if they're not in a diaper and parks or stores where they can stretch and get out some energy.

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Take more food than you think

Food is like little happy bites for your toddler and does an excellent job of distracting and engaging at the same time. If you're going on a long road trip with your toddler, don't only stop for food along the way, but pack food that you know they're going to love – but pack more than you think you'll need. The last thing you want is to run out of Goldfish.

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Adjust your expectations

If you think the road trip is going to be all rainbows and happy – or that your toddler is going to sleep through most of it, you probably need to adjust your expectations – and bring patience. Grown-ups don't like to be stuck in a car for hours at a time and toddlers are no different. They're probably used to running around and being loud and hours being strapped to their 5-point harness can't be the most fun.

So, if you want to survive the road trip, make sure you know that it may not be the most fun for your toddler and give them a little extra slack.

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Have you taken a toddler on a road trip? What tips do you have on how to make it through?

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Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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