Traveling with a 17 month old.

Xander did so well during our trip, I wanted to share the activities that I packed and make note of changes I plan on making before our Crazy Cross-Country Trip!

Our activity bin.

Our activity bin.

All the different bags.

All the different bags.

They all fit (with exception of the MagnaDoodle into the square cube, along with the DVD player and Xander’s heartbeat giraffe.  I only brought five bags with us, I have ten planned altogether.  I definitely didn’t need to bring all five, I’m thinking two or three for each leg of the trip will be sufficient, all the others will go in the trunk until the next part.  Also, there is a box of Color Wonder markers that I put in the box, it was easier to keep them all together than to separate them into different bags.  The only time Xander gets to use markers are when they’re Color Wonder.  Those things are amazing, they only color on the special paper!  So, if he decides to color on the car or his car seat, it doesn’t show up!

 

Bag #1

Bag #1

Bag #1 had a Signing Time DVD, a Color Wonder drawing pad, the buckle toy I made, an old baby wash bottle filled with old school laundry pins (he takes them out and puts in them back in over and over), and then Brown Bear Brown Bear. He played with everything in this bag, with the exception of the buckle toy.

Bag #2

Bag #2

Bag #2 had two little shaker balls, a Signing Time DVD, another board book, a bunch of velcro popsicle sticks, and an old wallet filled with business cards and a pen.  I took the ink out of the pen before we left, so he can’t “click” it over and over, but he could pretend to write.  This bag didn’t really get played with.  He played with the popsicle sticks and the shaker balls, but that was it.  It actually fell underneath Paul’s seat and I didn’t find it until we got back!

Bag #3

Bag #3

Bag #3 was in a Target bag, but it fell apart during the trip.  It consisted of a MagnaDoodle, Cars DVD, the ABC Can, and several toy cars.  Everything was played with in this bag, and the MagnaDoodle was probably the favorite toy of the trip.  He played with it for 45 minutes at one time!  It will definitely be kept out during the cross-country trip!

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Bag #4

This was a last-minute bag, but Xander loves EVERYTHING in it.  It has his flash cards, a new board book, Signing Time DVD, an empty tube of deodorant, a crayon roll, a toothbrush, and his hairbrush.  The deodorant kept him SO busy.  He would take the lid off, pretend to put it on, then put the lid back on.  He also will happily “brush his teeth” for quite a while.  I never ended up getting out the flash cards, but I know they would have been a good little activity as well.  He likes to get them out, do the signs, and then put them back in.  For it being last-minute, this bag was a winner.

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Bag #5

This bag had his baby laptop, a train puzzle, a Spiderman color pad, the cloth color book I made last year, and a Shrek DVD. We didn’t watch the DVD or get out the colors book, but he played with the other toys.  Before we left I attached velcro to the puzzle and the pieces so that we didn’t lose any of them, and as a bonus it made it easier for Xander to attempt the puzzle–not that he got the pieces in the right spot! The Spiderman pad is an off brand of Crayola Color Wonders, so it works with the markers and I don’t have to worry about a mess being made.

All in all, the bags made the trip go SO much smoother, and I’m glad I put the effort into them.  Whenever we travel next I’ll bring them all, but only keep 3, maybe 4 in the front of the car with us and the rest will be tucked away in the trunk.  Another thing that kept him really busy was his blanket.  On the way home he played “Peek A Boo” with us (he has a mirror so he can see us and vice versa) for about 30 minutes.  Between the bags, the DVDs and of course his Hullabaloo cds I’m pretty confident that the trip to Key West won’t be TOO much of a nightmare.  (Hopefully I didn’t just shoot myself in the foot!) And if it gets too bad, we can always find a place to stop like we did on the way home.  That not only helped Xander, but REALLY helped me.  Even though I’m only halfway into this pregnancy I’m already needing to get out and walk around a little, so those pit stops aren’t just important for my little man!

I hope the travel tips are able to help you out, and if you have any you’d like to share I’d love to hear them!  We could definitely use any advice you have! :)

Thanks for reading,

Tasha

 

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