Y’all… how is it the end of August? This summer has gone by way too fast. I’m starting to feel a little bittersweet about this particular summer coming to an end since the babes start preschool this fall. Suddenly, our time together seems to be dwindling which has me yearning to hit the road every chance we get. I have a forever long bucket list of short day trips I want to take while we’re here in Southern California so I decided what better time than NOW to start checking them off. On Monday we headed up to Crystal Cove State park, just north of Laguna Beach and about 1.5 hours away from home. It was such a good trip… we hiked, explored tide pools, played at the beach, and had a really good dinner by the water (complete with smores)!
Traveling with toddlers sounds way scarier than it actually is. Whether it is for the day or for a week, in a car or on a plane… it can be surprisingly simple and so much fun. Not to mention the amount of memories you’ll create, even if only you remember it, you’ll always have the pictures to look back on.
Here’s a few of my guidelines I try to follow when prepping us for trips…
- Pack light – I always tell myself that if I truly need something I’ll just buy it when we’re there… I know I won’t want to spend the money once we’re there so it works out. At the same time, make sure to plan accordingly for what you’ll be doing on your trip… We hiked and played at the beach so I knew we would need double the attire to get us through the day. We packed up our Birdling Overnighter from The Baby Cubby and it was the perfect amount of room for a daytrip! The interior pockets are an organizer’s dream come true! It’s also super comfy to tote around and small enough to fit in the stroller with plenty of extra room! The Baby Cubby has all you’ll need for a perfect day trip. In addition to our overnight bag, a few of our day trip must haves are a comfortable car seat, a functional stroller, and a bag full of fun stuff for the car ride!
- Travel during sleep times – 9 times out of 10, my kids fall asleep in the car or on the plane so instead of messing with their entire routine, I try to make sure we’re traveling during nap time or bed time. For this day trip, we left about an hour before naptime and sure enough, before we even hit the freeway, both were knocked out and snoring. We left the beach around 6:30 and put on pj’s before making the drive back home to ensure a peaceful bedtime!
- Choose your destinations wisely – What I really wanted to do on Monday was go to the vintage markets up in OC, however… I KNOW my kids would loathe that so instead I chose a destination I knew we would all enjoy. Hiking the area was beautiful but I did research it well before going to make sure it would be doable with two small toddlers. I also researched the beach and checked the tide chart just to be on top of my game. It never hurts to plan ahead to ensure the best time for all.
- Bend the rules of your everyday – Don’t hesitate to adventure because you are too afraid to skip naptime or you are too worried your kids won’t behave at the restaurant. Live a little! Life with toddlers can be so unpredictable but isn’t that the basis of spontaneity?!
If you’re in the Laguna Beach area, please stop by Crystal Cove… this was the cutest little spot with so much to offer. Head back here next week for a recap of all the fun things we did!
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