Surviving the driving … with a 2 year old in tow

February 26, 2012

Bits and Pieces

You probably have no idea how proud I am of myself, and I don’t often toot my own trumpet. You see, I took Baby Girl – aged 2, but going on 13 (full of eye rolling and attitude, you get the picture) – away for the weekend and survived an almost 5 hour round road trip when long distance driving is one of my pet dislikes.

“How??”, can I hear you all ask? Well, let me just outline my plan of action …

Baby Girl, ready for some non-stop Play School fun!


  1. DVD player, I heart you, I truly do! If you don’t own a portable DVD player with car charger, then it really is the time to beg, borrow or steal one. Planning a loooong trip? Then, I’d advise you NOT to skip this step under any circumstances.
  2. Select three favourite DVDs that your child loves and that you can probably tolerate. No more than three despite the temptation it is to pack each and every DVD you own because, trust me, too much choice when doing 110 clicks on the highway is not the preferred MO here! For us it was Play School, Play School or Play School, I challenge you to find a better selection ;)
  3. Never, ever underestimate the power of snacks. Think of the average amount your child would normally eat in a day. Multiply this amount by 23 and that’s how much food to pack for the journey.
  4. A bag of distractions placed in arm’s reach is needed too – books, dolls/trucks, soft toys, anything familiar that does not make a God-awful noise when buttons are pushed should do the trick.
  5. Brush up on your repertoire of nursery rhymes before leaving and if you just pretend you’re bopping along to the Top40 on the radio, other motorists will be none the wiser.

We did it. Baby Girl and I got there safely AND we had a fabulous weekend. Thanks Play School, you rock :)

What tricks of the trade do you have for travelling with youngsters? How do you survive the drive?

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One Response to “Surviving the driving … with a 2 year old in tow”

  1. Dasha Says:

    I would totally get a cat! Except for my boeinfyrd. *sigh* He wants dogs. I wouldn’t mind having both dogs and cats, but he also has an African grey parrot that’s coming with him when he gets a place of his (our?) own, and he tells me he doesn’t want any accidents between cat-and-bird to happen. What do you think? Is he right, or can cats and birds get along?


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