We recently took a fabulous trip to NYC…with a toddler. To my surprise, she handled all the traveling like a champ and seemed to have a wonderful time, as well.
Being raised in the city, J-bird is in love with tall buildings, people watching, and riding the “big train.”
Our trip was somewhat Hamilton themed. We visited his home “The Grange”, the dueling grounds where he was shot, the Morris Jumel mansion where President Washington had meetings, Fraunces Tavern, where Washington gave his farewell address, Trinity Church where Hamilton is buried, and of course, we saw the Hamilton musical on Broadway.
It was magical.
There were definitely some key things we did or brought that helped make this trip a success.
For the car, an almost 8 hour drive, we had some fun activities and a very enjoyable ride. Here’s a list of a few tips that helped make it work for us:
- Bring a few “new” items in a special bag. Our new items were:
- Play dough
- Magna Doodle
- A new coloring book
- Bring lots of snacks.
- Bring a few dolls or staple toys you know your child loves
- J-bird spent a decent amount of time in her own imaginary world with her stuffed animals and her purse…she LOVES having a purse
Navigating the city required a few more staples…
- Purell gel and hand wipes
- Snack containers with plastic rings that you can attach to the stroller
- A very very very lightweight and easy to open/close umbrella stroller with a cover
- Snacks on hand at all times
- Water bottles with good lids to keep the tops clean and leak free
I cannot even explain how much I loved traveling to NYC. The city is electric. I love seeing so many people pursuing their dreams.
Oh…and the food is amazing. We eat vegan and had absolutely no problem finding food. Our favorite spots included Superiority Burger and By CHLOE’S.