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Any tips? We'll be in the car for about 3 days (mostly to allow for lots of stops). I've never been further than 2 hours away with DS. He's usually good for a nap, but one time, when I was alone, he literally screamed for about 40 minutes. I couldn't stop (bad area and no place to stop) and I don't want to repeat that for 3 whole days. I'll be with my mom so I'll have some help and someone can sit back there with him.
 

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Wow. I'd say to think about good places to move around (like, stop at a town with a park instead of a highway pit-stop) and driving a lot at night. One year olds are hard in that their attention span isn't that long...<br><br>
Are you sure you can't fly? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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I *could* fly, but my mom is paying and really can't afford two tickets (mine and DH and DH has to fly due to lack of time off at work). And I really can't afford the tickets either. We have a lot we need to buy with our tax return <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I appreciate that... however, you might want to do the math again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> . Depending on the flight, it can be more expensive to drive. Especially when you have to make the trip super-extended because of baby. By the time you add in the multiple meals, the hotel(s), the gas, tolls, money at stops for baby needs/other extras, etc. it can actually cost <i>more</i> to drive (of course, this is depending on the flights, but driving is not as cheap as it often seems). If it were me, I'd run the numbers again and see what the <i>real</i> difference is once you add in all the "extras" that become necessary with a 3 day drive...
 

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we always travel at night. it's a big pain but it's sooooo much more convenient for ds. ds sleeps the whole night and then when he wakes up, we're at our destination. we travel several times a year to MI and it's a good 8-10 hour trip. soon we're going to be doing it with 2 dc's<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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we took a road trip from here in louisiana to seattle,then to california from there to vegas then back home to louisiana with our 1 yr old,3yo,6yo,10yo,and 12yo,we had no problems,but we did play alot of good music,and had a bag full of different toys.
 

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we drove from wa to co in a3 day trip when my ds was 1yo. what seemed to help was taking frequent breaks when he could run around and look at dogs. we stayed at hotel with a pool one night so he could swim. we had lots of fidget toys and books and an electronic book that he loved. also little snacks were helpful.<br>
he traveled like a champ! (we were a little nervous because ds has thrown a few car fits in his time)<br>
Now wen wetravel it has gotten so much easier.<br>
good luck-I am sure you will be fine!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Three words: Portable DVD Player.<br><br>
Good luck to you. I did 8 hours with a three year old at Xmas. Three days with a 1 year old... oy.
 

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Hi,<br>
I went on a 6 day road trip with a 19 month old. It was fine. Until the last day, but by then we were all cranky.<br><br>
I collected special toys to bring that would be new to him. Here's what I brought:<br><br>
-pop-up books<br><br>
-mr potato head<br><br>
-hot wheels (his first)<br><br>
-markers and paper, i got the color wonders by crayola because it was a rental van. I had a little tray for him to use.<br><br>
-play-dough<br><br>
- a little bag of goodies, which was a soft velveety bag with a drawstring, that he could open and pull little goodies out of. I can't remember what I put in there besides ribbon and a kazoo, but you get the idea.<br><br>
- juice boxes and snacks.<br><br>
Plan for lots of stops and haul-ass when he's sleeping. And definitely plan to have someone sitting back there with him. I was nervous, but it went really, really well.<br><br>
A DVD player is a great idea!<br><br>
Have fun!
 

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I just finished a 5 week road trip with my 1 and 3 year olds. The one year seemed almost indefinatly happy in his carseat is i sat in the back and nursed him............
 

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We just got back from my mom's last night, about an 8 to 10 hour trip each way depending on traffic. I was actually surprised how little it took to keep my 15 month old entertained on the trip. She really just liked looking out the window and saying "car," listening to her favorite music, playing peek-a-boo with whichever parent wasn't driving, playing with her blanket and playsilks, reading, drinking water from her sippy cup, blowing kisses to us, napping a little bit,...hmmmm that's about it really. She was a bit better on the way up than the way back because she was better rested which generally makes for a happier baby. A week a Grammy's house wore her out.
 

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Good luck. Bring along favorite music and be prepared to listen to the same favorite songs over and over and over again. We did 11 hours to/from Grandma's house at Christmas<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I wish we had brought a portable dvd player. We brought stickers, snacks, a big stuffed mouse with clothes that button/zip/etc. If possible, plan a route where you know there will be lots of rest stops (we ended up taking the turnpike instead of the interstate, because we knew there were rest plaza every 25 mile or so). You'll get through it.
 

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I second the portable DVD player I have gone on several trips with my son and it has been a total life saver!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Have a Great Trip!!!
 

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may God be with you. all I can say is have lots of patience and be willing to take frequent stops.
 

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In May2006, we travelled from Poland to Portugal, but the difference is hat we made a stop in ever country and we stayed days in each country, but it was easy to entratain her, we have screens in the car and we can put DVD's and DD found amuzing at the fact that she could see the same movie in a lot of screens, she had fun lol<br><br>
Music, lots of music, her favourite toys.
 

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We have done 2 full days with a 1yr old and 3 yr old. A portable DVD player probably would have been nice but we didn't have one. Just lots of toys, books, snacks and as much patience as one can have on long trip like that.
 

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We're probably driving the Alcan Hwy to AK this summer. A good week. Our DCs will be 1 and 3. In a weird way I'm looking forward to the challenge.<br><br>
We will probably rent a portable DVD player and I know we'll stop a lot. We'll be camping the whole way, too. Heee hee!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We took Hugo on a one-day car trip when he was 15 months. We left around his nap time, so he slept for the first two hours. By the time it was 6 or 7 he was ready to sleep for the night, and so we drove through the night to our destination.<br><br>
When he was awake we stopped a lot. We stopped at several parks in little towns . . . every town in America has a park. We found one in a small mountain town in West Virginia that was so great, and HUGE. We had a little picnic and ran around the playground and field for a couple hours. It might have been the highlight of our whole trip! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
We gave him a couple crazy electronic toys, and that helped too. For the way back we got him an electric toy piano that he loooooved, and which kept him busy for hours. We also kept him happy with raisins, dates and crackers.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Something you may want to consider is getting up at 5 am and putting you baby in the car in his pajamas and driving until 9 or so before stopping for breakfast. Chances are you kid will sleep and you'll be more alert than if you drove into the evening.<br><br>
I don't think it will be a problem. My dd was a bit older but at 2.5yo, we drove across the country in 4 day putting in 14hour days in the car. My dh sat in the back with her for the first half a day only. The rest of the time, she sat in the back by herself, looked at books a bit, listened to music a lot and looked outside. We also made sure that every night we stopped at a hotel with a pool.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We're probably driving the Alcan Hwy to AK this summer. A good week. Our DCs will be 1 and 3. In a weird way I'm looking forward to the challenge.<br><br>
We will probably rent a portable DVD player and I know we'll stop a lot. We'll be camping the whole way, too. Heee hee!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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We did it with DD this summer, when she was a year! She actually did fabulous! We actually did it in 3 days, but we drove all night 2 nights and she just slept in her carseat. She wasn't walking at the time, but we made sure to get out lots and throw a blanket down and let her crawl around. Have fun-it's a beautiful drive!
 
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