This plus that equals…. long journeys with a toddler
Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about long journeys with a toddler.
It doesn’t seem to matter how you travelling. Where you are going. All long journeys seem to consist of the same things.
You’ll forget something important
When I’m travelling alone, do I forget anything? No.
So every time I travel with L something is left at home. Thankfully it’s never been Gerry Giraffe, but there have been some good ones.
The first holiday we took to Devon, it was the wettest week ever. I forgot L’s coat, his wellies and the rain cover to his pushchair. The second time we went to Devon I managed to leave my jumper in a restaurant.
Headed off to Bluestone and forgot, well, everything pretty much.
We’ve left the charging cable to the iPad behind before. I’ve managed to not pack a single towel even when I was fully aware we needed them. We’ve been heading off for specific day trips and left tickets or vouchers behind.
It just happens.
The journey will take at least 2 hours longer
If you’re flying you need to be at the airport even earlier to counteract the time it will take you to get through departures and all those shops and toys you aren’t buying and resulting tantrums.
If you’re driving you need all those extra loo stops and there is certainly no skipping meals. You need to stop so they can stretch their legs and get a bit of extra crazy out.
You’ll see the best and the worst of everyone
As adults tempers are tested. Someone will shout. It’s inevitable. You’ll also find epic solutions to problems you never thought you’d encounter.
Toddlers will tired, they will whinge constantly. If you manage to escape a tantrum you are lucky. That being sad they will find joy in the smallest things and amaze you with something new.
When we drove back from Wales L and I had the best time playing peek-a-boo with each other. For three flipping hours. My neck and shoulders will never recover but it was actually fun.
You cannot pack enough snacks
Enough snacks for a normal day out is so not enough. You need at least double. Plus back up snacks and emergency back up snacks.
If those snacks are being consumed in your car. Which if you are driving they will be. It will never be the same again. Only an industrial strength vacuum cleaner will be fixing that.
There might be tears
And they probably won’t be from the toddler.
I cried on the way home from our last holiday as it had been so awful and I was then faced with a 4 hour plus journey stuck with the creator of all awfulness. The toddler.
We will argue about whose fault it is the coat was forgotten. Cue more tears.
If I manage a long journey without crying than trust me L will pick up the slack. Wrong colour bottle, not being able to stop right the second he asks, toy dropped out of reach of everyone. So many tears.
Is it worth it though? Well unless you are travelling to something you didn’t want to go to or see in the first place, then yes, it’s worth it. Eventually. In the end.
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