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Is there an ideal length for a car trip with a toddler?

The length of a car trip with a toddler will usually depend on his patience. There are some toddlers who can enjoy long car rides as long as they have some books or toys with them along with some snacks. There are some toddlers who can endure a six to seven-hour drive by keeping themselves entertained with their own car games. But you have to make sure that you can maximise your toddler's comfort by giving them extra toys, playing games with them or entertaining them with different window views.
There may or may not be an ideal length for a car trip with your toddler but you can always do something to make your toddler enjoy it. One thing is by preparing them for the travel and explaining to them what it will be like. If for example, you have made an estimation of at least two hours for your car trip, then you can suggest watching episodes of their favourite TV show. As much as possible, especially if you know that your destination is a bit distant, you can choose a route where your toddler can enjoy the views. You can also use a map and ask for their help when it comes to marking the journey. Regardless of the length of the car trip, make sure to let your toddler enjoy every stops. Let them explore for a few minutes to get rid of the boredom before proceeding with your trip.

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