The idea of bringing a little one along on a day trip is daunting.
Where to go that will capture their interest, what to bring, what to do…
No longer can the carefree couple be truly carefree. A lot of planning goes into the whole process of taking a day trip when bringing a little one along.
That said, taking a day trip with a little one isn’t impossible, nor is it difficult to plan. It just takes a little extra prep the first couple of times and once everything is in place, it should be a breeze each time you want to take a trip.
Prepping a “Go Bag”
The quintessential item that should come along each trip, besides a diaper bag, is what I like to call a “go bag.” This bag is filled with books, toys, activities, and snacks that are age appropriate and “special” because they solely reside in this bag and aren’t for play at any other time.
I try to swap out a different and legitimately new toy each time to keep the bag somewhat fresh, but only if I have the time to pick something up. If not, the novelty of the bag tends to be enough.
In Jai’s Go Bag:
- Small pots of non-toxic “dough”
- Water marker and activity set
- Several small figurines
- Wooden noisemaker (that isn’t too obnoxious for us)
- Wooden car
- Special stuffed animal
- Pipe cleaners
- Board books
- Stretchy string ball
- Non-perishable snacks that can sit between trips without going bad (and easy to use in the car)
I try to keep everything tactile in nature at this point because Jai is very touch-oriented. As he gets older, I will probably switch in some books and more activity sets that are easy to handle in the car.
As a last resort, we bring a tablet pre-loaded with some of Jai’s favorite movies so we can hand it to him if he is unable to occupy his time with everything in the bag. This is especially ideal for air travel where we’re in confined spaces and loud noises.