We Be Road Trippin’ With A Toddler{Free Printable Checklist}

We Be Road Trippin’ With A Toddler{Free Printable Checklist}

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 It’s a yearly tradition to head back to my hometown Saskatoon from Vancouver for my Grandmother’s birthday, this year we celebrate 98 years young. Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, bus or train, traveling can be stressful. The more people involved in a road trip, the more stressful it is, especially with tiny dictators on board! We’ve got 17 hours in a car with a toddler ahead of us, so how do we get road ready?

First, I print off my Road Trip Checklist and then head to Canadian Tire.  Canadian Tire is my go-to shopping destination; with great prices and knowledgeable staff, they have everything I need and then some. The reason they say, “Made for Life In Canada” is because, I am able to take care of over half our list for the trip in one shop, including the perfect cooler.  My checklist is guaranteed to get you on the road with a peace of mind, a safe car, and a happy toddler!

Car Checklist: This is crucial, you won’t be getting far if your vehicle isn’t road ready! Make sure that you check everything from the air in your tires, to ensuring all your fluids are topped up! There is nothing worse than a big ole bee splattered across your windshield and being low on windshield washer fluid. But don’t forget the oil change! I learned how to care for a car when I was 15 years old.

Over 15 years later, Canadian Tire is my place to go for my road trip essentials. With Quaker State® remaining my first choice, my Dad taught me what I needed, how to find it and that Quaker State® Oil should always the first thing in my shopping cart. “Great oil at a great price” he would say!

Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ is what we use as in Vancouver with all the stop and go traffic, and idling in rush hour, it is clear that Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ offers the best protection and longevity. Over the years, Quaker State has worked hard to prove it always delivers! They’ve tested their oil to ensure it delivers even more protection. They’ve put it through the wringer and even after thousands of miles, and it still performs and then some. I’ll take that certainty any day. Be sure to use the oil necessary for your car, as specified in your owner’s manual, and check local Canadian Tire stores for availability!

Snacks: I cannot even begin to tell you how big of a sweet tooth both my husband and Zoe have.  This girl is asking for “Daddy Worms” by 9:30 am and Bruce is just as bad! A cooler stocked full of lots of choices, both healthy and sweet make for happy travelers! On my way to the automotive department, I found a large cooler, which was on sale for $29.97.

We’ve got Daddy Worms for Zoe, chocolate candies for Bruce and trail mix for me but it goes beyond snack too. I’ve even packed a few easy light lunch options in case we are not able to stop when hunger strikes. A backseat full of food is guaranteed to keep some of the whining at bay!

Cooler from Canadian Tire

First Aid Kit: This is so important to have in your vehicle on a daily basis but even more so when you’re hitting the open road. Things can happen and I’ve learned the hard way to prepare myself. Ask me about a 5-hour road trip that took me over 12 hours to complete next time you see me! Your first Aid kit should include extra clothes including jackets, Band-Aids, blankets, a lighter, candles, a flashlight and much more. Thankfully Canadian Tire is a one-stop shop, I’m able to find all of these items when I go in to grab my oil. You can read more about what should be in your First Aid Kit complete with Emergency Supply kit at the Red Cross website HERE!

Entertainment: Thankfully Zoe cannot say, “Are we there yet?” but she can whine a mean whine when she’s bored and thus entertainment is big on my list. I gathered the IPad for Netflix, the DVD player I had picked up at Canadian Tire a few years back for Ava to watch movies and all their respective chargers.  Don’t forget the books, stuffies and a few toys. With a few options for entertainment, this girl will have plenty to keep the whining away but do yourself a favour, make sure you have ALL the chargers packed away somewhere close by for quick recharging!

I’ve done this trip with Zoe as a baby; however, toddlers are a whole other ball game. A cranky toddler is never a good road companion and thus, this checklist has been my saviour.  My gift to you today is this checklist completely FREE! Click Travel Essentials to download yours today!

Just remember a fully stocked; a well-prepared, safe car is the best way to be on an open road. Near or far this checklist and all your essentials will ensure you arrive with all hairs in tact, a smile on your face and ready to begin your family vacay!

Comment below and tell me, how do you get road ready? Have you driven a long distance with a toddler before? Where did you go? Any tips?

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6 Comments

  1. Sumer
    August 29, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Such a great checklist! We’ve taken several road trips with our kids…mainly to Disney World, which is about 7 hours away. Being prepared and having a fully stocked (and safe) car is definitely KEY!

  2. August 30, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Such a great checklist! We just did our first road trip as a family and there’s so much to do!

  3. August 30, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    What a great checklist! I will definitely need to utilize this next time we take a road trip!!

  4. August 31, 2017 / 6:09 am

    Great tips and thank you for sharing the awesome checklist! XOXO

  5. September 11, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    That is a great checklist! Really going to come in handy. Thanks for sharing your awesome tips. #client

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:19 pm

      Thank you so much! This checklist has saved my butt so many times!

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