Tips for Traveling With a Toddler in a Car

Travelling with kids, especially on a long road trip with kids can prove to be cumbersome.

We all want to make sure our children are safe while driving on the road. You would want to make sure that your toddler is safe, secure and comfortable in the back seat, that he/she is entertained during the travel, that your kid is not hungry and many more other cares.

Travelling by road with a toddler can be dreadful. However, it can be fun if well planned. This article is intended to shine some light by providing some tips for travelling with a toddler in a car. This is a must read for every parent and aspiring parents.

The following are some of the essentials that you may need before you embark on a trip with a toddler:

  • Prepare proper Road snacks
  • Road trip games and other car activities for toddlers
  • Child seat and seatbelts
  • Proper vehicle for the trip
  • Comfortable clothes for your kid
  1. Prepare Proper Road snacks

Snack Break!

Prepare some healthy food for your kids before you leave your premises. Avoid junk foods though. Food is not only healthy for your toddler but it also keeps them distracted and this in turn makes your road trip with kids more peaceful. Some of the food that you can pack for your kids includes: Boxes of raisins, string cheese, grapes, apple slices, dried fruits, goldfish crackers, gummy fruit snacks etc. When preparing your snacks, endeavor to be creative.

  1. Road Trip games 

Road Trip Kit *Crate Paper*

Bring with you toys and other items for car activities for toddlers for the children to play with. These toys keep them distracted. It is advisable to carry new toys as the toddler will be keen to play with them unlike the one he used to. Be keen on the selection of the toys you decide to bring to the trip. Some of the toys you may decide to bring along may include stickers, trinkets, dolls, magnifying glass, noise makers etc.

You can also download some Apps for Kids. ABC Mouse Apps will work out great for your kids.

  1. Child seat and seatbelts

black and blue baby car booster seat

This is one of the most crucial items that you will need while preparing for a road trip with kids. Safety and comfort is paramount. Avoid at all cost to rent a car seat for your child. Renting a car seat raised some doubt about the condition of the seat, the cleanliness of the seat, the right size of your child, health condition of the seat etc. We recommend that you buy your own car seat for your toddler just to be sure of the safety and comfort of your kids.

  1. Proper Vehicle for the road trip

2011 Chevrolet Traverse

Do not underestimate the need to prepare your car before the journey begins. You do not want to develop mechanical problems on the road while travelling with your child. Be careful to select the car with the best condition. Make sure you visit your mechanic for general checkup several days before the travelling day. Be sure to carry an extra wheel just in case of an emergency. Ensure the tank is loaded with fuel to avoid embarrassments on the road. Best road trip cars should be spacious reliable, and comfortable.

Some of the best cars for a road trip with kids to consider would include:

  • 2008-2012 Chevrolet Traverse
  • 2009-2011 Ford Escape Hybrid
  • 2005-2011 Honda Element
  • 2011-2012 KIA Optima
  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra
  1. Comfortable clothes for your kids


Regardless of the time that you are travelling, whether during the day or by the night, ensure the child is put on comfortable clothes. At night, put your toddler in some pajamas. Other comfortable clothes such as stretch pants, light t-shirts are great to dress your toddler in if you travelling by the day. Comfortable clothes keep the baby in good moods and this makes your road trip with kids quite enjoyable.

Driving with a toddler should never be a nightmare to you. All you need is good preparation and the right equipment for the road trip. We wish you a safe and enjoyable road trip but always plan ahead of time.

Our Top Five Greatest Road Trip Movies

Our wise elders had already given the secret of happy family, by saying, “Family that eats together and stays together”. But we being busiest creatures of entire world are unable to follow it. So what is solution for this? We have to make our own compensating routines for spending quality time with our family. Spending quality time with family (watching family road trip movies, for example) not only ensures the strong bonding of members but also passing the generation old knowledge and wisdom and sharing of huge lot of experiences that would guide the younger once. There is an opinion that mother is your first teacher, which is correct. In addition, there is one more saying that nature is best teacher, which will ensure passing of all wisdom in it.

Now we don’t have so much time to learn from each of above…can we plan something, which will contain all above elements, without any new burden and special events? Of course, we can. Just plan a family holiday. If it is a road trip than much better. Don’t you believe me? Then you must go through following some movies focusing on road trips. They are funny, entertaining and will touch your soft corner at a same time.

Our List of Greatest Road Trip Movies to Enjoy With Your Family:

Vacation (1983, USA) - 01

National Lampoon’s Vacation

The first movie I would like to recommend is “Vacation” (1983) by Harold Ramis. This is definitely one of the greatest road trip movies in existence.

Here’s the plot:

This is the story of man namely Clark Griswold, who wants to take his family to, “southern California amusement park valley World” for spending the quality time and holidays as well. Only thing is that he wants to travel around the country by road for reaching the amusement park with his wife and children, which were not at all interested in road trip but are interested in air travel.

The troubles started even before start of journey as he has to compromise on his car itself. Then anyhow journey is started, in which his wife insisted to go out of road to meet some relatives where their plan changes due to addition of some elderly lady relative who wants them to drop her on their way. The car they have taken is old worn out and giving troubles, the elderly woman, and her dog are increasing those troubles. It was not enough when wife’s purse stolen and they have money trouble too. Luck seems completely off with them as the elderly woman is dead in sleep and they have to abandon her dead body. By the time, complete family has lost interest in park and the trip only our hero seems to determine enough for going ahead and taking all of them with him.

Finally, when they arrived at park, luck did its masterstroke by informing them that park is closed for 2 weeks. Gosh, still hero is not disappointed and forcefully enters into the park. The police has to come along with manger of park. After knowing complete story of their travel, the family visits the park along with police. The happy ending. The determination of hero, the problem solving skill and the family bonding is what makes it must watch film.

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

Second one on the list is, “Little Miss Sunshine”. This film includes the typical family having stepbrother and grandfather and uncle. Little olive wants to participate in beauty pigment in California, for which family has to travel by road, which a car that needs the push every time it has to start. All the typical mess with unique family starts in journey. While coming they lost the grandfather, who was main teacher of little olive, they reached the competition few minutes late, after certain amount of drama she is allowed in competition, but after looking other glamorous contestants her parents knew the results. Still they encourage her. However, looking at her dance organizer’s wants her out of it instantly but family goes on stage and dances with her. Finally, by agreeing not to participate in any competition in California they left for home.

Rain Man (1988)

Rain Man

Next movie is “Rain Man” which shows how the road trip bonds two brothers, of which one Is having mental condition and $ 3 million dollars of father and other id fit AS FIDDLE and has only rose bushes. At the end, how the fit bro is giving up everything he wants for brother is heart touching.

We're the Millers (2013)

Now I would like to introduce 2 family road trip movies which doesn’t have family by blood but one is two strangers coming together for travelling to Chicago – “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and other one is how a small smuggler forms fake family for his defense i.e. , “We’re The Millers”.

Both of these films shows hardship while travelling together, they involve police, goons and mafia dons. Nevertheless, at the end it show that family doesn’t need to be of blood bond, it has to be felt by heart.

On concluding note I can say the well said quote in this changing world nothing is permanent than family. Travel with them and make the lifetime memories. It would be great when taking all challenges and problems head on knowing to keep all family in mind.

Wish you happy travel!