When you travel by Car with a toddler(s)
• Car travel can be your best option if you are traveling across the country because it affords you the freedom and privacy but it also entails frequent stops. The most obvious advantage will also be familiarity but the disadvantage to consider will be the thought of being stuck in a car for hours with a restless toddler. Toddlers are used to being strapped to their car seats, being driven around by their mum or dad so a couple of hours traveling by this mode will not pose a problem or so you think. Consider driving at night or in the wee hours of the morning when the children can sleep but don't let them snooze too much else they will be very active when you are ready to sleep. Consider packing a small pillow, blanket for each child.
• A three-hour trip to the Grandparent's home is categorized as a long car trip. Be prepared to make the frequent stops for potty breaks or time for burning up some energy. Unlike before you cannot just head straight to your destination without breaks - with young children plan a break every two hours, not counting the unforeseen potty breaks. Also factor in the rush hour traffic; you wouldn't want to be driving through traffic jams with restless, bored kids in the background! Allow your toddler to have some supervised free play in safe zones while the rest can absorb the scenery. Once you are at your destination, keep car travel to a minimum.