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Traveling with toddlers can be interesting. I know this firsthand because I am frequently going on car trips with my little toddlerette. Why do I subject myself to this you ask? Well, my parents live about an hour from our home in Dallas, most of my husband’s family is in east Texas, and my family’s cattle ranch is in Old Glory, TX which is about a 5 hour drive. This means we are in the car a lot! Yep, I’ve got some experience in the area of toddler car travel and I’m here to share what works for my family out on the open road. If I can help a fellow mama out with my two sense on this matter then I’ve done my job.
Toddler Car Travel Tips
Keeping the little ones entertained is by far the most important thing when traveling by car. If you don’t they will entertain themselves by crying, whining, or screaming. Since toddlers can’t read yet, you’ve got to rely on technology to hold their attention during a road trip. Personally, I rely on the help of a smartphone with unlimited data for this. This is the best toddler car travel tip ever.
My husband and I got tired of paying data overage charges on our cell phone plan each month due to streaming tv shows and movies for our toddler while traveling. Turns out, it was actually cheaper for us to purchase a third smartphone for our family and sign up for Walmart Family Mobile PLUS. At only $49.88 per month, the PLUS plan gives us unlimited data and unlimited talk and text too. It includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE plus a free movie on VUDU every month.
We purchased the sleek Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime for $99.00 and a $25.00 starter kit which included a SIM card. This smartphone is super lightweight so our daughter is able to hold it for hours while she watches her favorite shows. We couldn’t be happier with our third phone, the PLUS plan, and the hours of entertainment it provides to our daughter while we travel by car.
You may remember back to a couple of Christmases ago when I purchased a Walmart Family mobile phone and plan for my grandmother. She is still using it and swears by it. Her good faith in Walmart Family Mobile inspired us to take the plunge and stop paying data overage fees.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/28aqc or your local Walmart for current pricing.
Visit your local Walmart to purchase a smartphone and starter kit for your family. They can be found in the technology section of the store.
I never leave for a road trip without a ton of snacks of all varieties. Salty, sweet, light, or filling, I’ve got it in my bag! If you don’t bring snacks, you will be stopping a lot and your toddler may whine more than usual. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Fill up that snack bag!
3. Swap Seats
I’ve found that doing some seat swapping in the car with toddlers is very helpful. What I mean by this is if you have a friend or loved one sitting next to your toddler in the back, swap with them mid trip. Giving your toddler someone new to interact with will help the time fly by faster for everyone and it’ll keep up the moral of your passengers. If your toddler is sitting alone, why don’t you sit in the back with your little one for some time on the road trip? This way, they won’t feel so isolated. It’s a great tip, trust me.
I hope that these toddler car travel tips provide some food for thought for the next time you buckle in your babe.
What tips do you have for traveling with little ones?