MY TOP TIPS FOR A 20-HOUR CAR JOURNEY WITH A TODDLER


We recently took a 20-hour road trip with our toddler and now I'm here telling you how to survive from one. I mean, if you're smart enough, you'll fly from Helsinki to Tromso. It's a one hour flight.
But if you want to do something a bit more memorable, you take a road trip up North. Sooo, how did we survive?


Prepare with lots of water & milk
We had a cooler with us, so it was easy to carry some milk around. Not for us though, for the toddler. So I might recommend you to have a cooler with you if you're about to take a long car journey and your toddler enjoys milk usually when he's about to fall asleep. The whole milk thing made our road trip so much easier.

Take plenty of snacks with you
Dino is a fussy eater, in his own way. Let me explain; he doesn't like the restaurant food and he also doesn't like anything shop-bought and processed. So basically I packed his food for the road in the cooler. With the milk. So yeah. Snacks were essentials when the food was in the trunk. He ate plenty of berries and had several smoothies on the road before we stopped for the lunch/dinner.

Spend a night or two on the road
We booked a lovely Airbnb room from Oulu, Finland, where we stayed for the night on the road. It would have been a suicide mission to drive 20-hours straight.


Go with your child's terms
If the kid looks like he doesn't want to be in that car anymore, you find the closest pits stop and stop for a little while. I mean, 20 hours is a long time just to be sat in the car. So little walking wouldn't hurt at that point. Just look after them & make sure they won't run to the road.

Take plenty of toys and books with you
D had his whole book collection with him & almost all of his toys with him (easy for me to say, he doesn't have many of either) and the trip went pretty smoothly while he played with them.

Sit with your kiddo in the backseat
I sat the whole journey in the backseat with D. We were playing peek-a-boo and we had a screaming contest. It was actually pretty fun but mentally very exhausting. So you might want to switch places with the driver a few times.

What are your top tips on surviving a 20-hour car trip with a toddler?





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  1. Can I just applaud you for doing the trip!! Such good tips for when we want to do road trips with our boy!

    www.chausadventure.com

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    1. I'm happy that you enjoyed! Oh, and all without electronics even! :D

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  2. I remember when I was little my family went on a road trip across Finland, Sweden and Norway and we didn't end up killing each other! I wholeheartedly agree with having a lot of snacks, books and toys and spending a few nights in hotels/airbNb's on the way to avoid such a fate :D
    Katja xxx
    www.katnapped.com

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    1. Thank goodness we didn't do trips like these when I was a kid, we would have most certainly killed each other haha :D

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  3. Wow! 20 hours are seriously a lot to spend in the car with a baby, but your tips certainly help the whole process. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It definitely is! Stopping along the way is the key :-)

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  4. This was actually so heartwarming to read even if I’m not a mother. Really captured me ❤️

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    1. Haha, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the post :-)

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  5. I've been on long car journeys with folks of all ages and having a cooler packed full of drinks and snacks is definitely my number one tip to survive, haha! I love that D prefers berries and smoothies to shop-bought snacks. If only I could be as healthy as him! :)

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    1. YES, yes and yes! He's way too healthy compared to my way of living, but that can only be a good thing - right? :D

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  6. Thats a really insightful post and your tips are both useful and relevant. Well now that my son is grown up, will direct the new mothers to this post

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    1. I'm happy to hear that you found this helpful :-)

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  7. I dont think ive ever been on a car journey that long but you've got some good tips x

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    1. It was absolutely ridiculous! Seriously considering flying there next! :D

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  8. Wow, 20 hours in a car is seriously long! I’ve never had a journey that long but I think I’d need lots of snacks, books and games myself he he! It’s a good idea to book an AirBnB to break the journey up. Thank you for sharing your tips Jasmin <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Definitely! Also, the journey from Oulu to Tromso, we would have needed an airbnb in the middle of that too! *a lesson learned!

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  9. Wow! I wouldn't be able to cope 20 hours in the car myself let alone with a toddler so well done you! I work with children and I know how restless they can get after a few hours let alone 20 so you did well!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    1. It went surprisingly smoothly! Especially considering that my son absolutely hates being in the car. I guess he sensed the change in the atmosphere or something :D

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  10. This is so cute! It's so cool that you were able to do this with your toddler! I don't have children but this definite seems like somethings I want to do for fun family trips!

    Alexandra | OH, So Alex | ohsoalexblog.com

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    1. It was surprisingly fun though, and something I'd recommend for anyone to try out at some point in their lives :-)

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  11. Wow - 20 hours?! I think the furthest I've done is probably about 4-5 and I thought that was horrible. That's impressive! Great tips, I don't have a kid at the moment so I'll try remember these for the future. Definitely need some snacks on car journeys! Thanks for sharing :)

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

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    1. Hahah, snacks are definitely the must have! Yeah, 20 freaking long hours :D

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  12. oh my word, 20 hours?! I've done 24 hours before but that was a drinking holiday so it doesn't count haha! These tips are great for travelling with young children or even just travelling in general - snacks are essential!

    Liz x

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    1. Hahah oh I wish I could've been drunk half of the way! :D haha, no, everything went surprisingly smoothly!

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  13. 20 hours with a toddler? You deserve a medal. I would be bored out of my mind with a journey that long so I can't imagine how hard that is with a little one. Snacks are always welcome and I think stopping for a little walk is a great tip x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Hahah, there were times I was ready to give up! :D

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  14. 20 hours?! You brave, crazy woman. We drove 2.5 hours to Wales for our holiday last year and he was only five months so luckily slept the whole way. I don’t think he’ll be doing that this year...

    Loved this post! So useful.

    Rachael xx // www.fromrachaelclaire.com

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    1. Hahah, yeah it would have been easier if we had done this when he was younger!

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  15. I don't have children so this isn't something I have to worry about just yet! But I do like long car trips, providing you have everything you need. I've done a 24 hour coach trip to the Alps when I went skiing, which was okay because I literally slept through most of it! These photos are absolutely stunning too. I can't wait to visit Finland one day - and Norway! xxx

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Oh that sounds amazing! Would love to do a road trip to Alps! :)

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  16. That landscape omg!! I cannot wait to visit the Nordic Countries!! I'm not a mum yet but definitely, lots of water and snacks are a must have at any age! haha
    Thank you for sharing this experience with us xx

    https://marymatchy.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/designer-bag-dupes/

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    1. Snacks sure as hell are the essential haha! :D

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