Making the Most of a Two-Day Road Trip

Making the most of a two-day road trip with a young toddler and a not-so-set itinerary. Do-able? Yes. Fun? Tons.

What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun!
This post is in partnership with Delta Toronto. We have always been a fan of Delta Hotels and couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration!

Joe and I have always had fun with our spontaneity. Before we got married, we would do so much on a whim: random date-nights, little getaways, and last-minute dinner parties. Now that we’re parents, we’ve integrated a bit more structure into our planning. I like to think that we’ve found a fine balance between heavily-scheduled activities and unplanned family outings.

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to take a last-minute trip to Toronto. With it only being about 500 km away (a little over 300 miles), we knew it’d be the perfect destination for a quick two-day road trip.

Making the Most of a Two-Day Road Trip

When our family decided to take a quick two-day road trip to Toronto, Ontario, we didn't think it would end up being a foodie-friendly vacation! Here's how we made the most of it and all the delicious dishes we encountered. #familyroadtrip

Where Will You Go?

Research cities that are no longer than a 5-7 hour drive. This way, if you leave for your trip early in the morning, you can spend a huge chunk of your day actually enjoying your destination.

What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun!

Entertainment For the Road

I packed new toys, snacks, and downloaded videos on the family iPad to keep Leo entertained. This trip was the longest car ride he’s ever taken, so we needed to find multiple ways to keep it interesting.

The Perfect Accommodation

Making the most of a two-day road trip means finding the right hotel. For years, I’ve been a fan of Delta Hotels for their flawless customer service, amazing breakfasts, and high-end rooms. For our two-day road trip, we opted to stay at the Delta Toronto and you know what? Best. Decision. Ever.

What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun! What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun!

I wasn’t surprised to have checked into a room that was clean, classy, and ultra-welcoming. It’s what I’m used to with Delta hotels. But for our room with Delta Toronto… safe to say that they really outdid themselves. The bathroom took my breath away: marble for its walls and floors, a bathtub with a view, and ceiling-to-floor windows. Absolutely gorgeous.

So here’s my unsolicited advice: when booking a hotel for a shorter trip, make it count. Your trip is a quick one, so settle somewhere that’s beautiful. It’ll be more comfortable for you and your family.

Don’t Overbook Your Itinerary

I know it’s tempting to fit in as much as possible on your itinerary. A lot of us are set with the idea of wanting to do more in order to make our trips “worth it.” Over the years, I’ve found it more beneficial to focus on quality activities.

On our trip, we lucked out and planned the perfect evening. We visited Delta Toronto’s The Roof at SOCO: another great decision made for our weekend getaway.

The Roof at SOCO is part lounge, part bar, part restaurant, and 100% fun. Their DJ was on-point, playing throwback pieces that Joe and I truly appreciated. With Leo by our side, it was totally family-friendly, filled with games for the kids to play with.

What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun! What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun!

I may not be the coolest/hippest mama on the block, but The Roof at SOCO is definitely the coolest place to spend time in Toronto. We went in for a feast and sipped on a glass of sangria and everything was absolutely perfect.

Best weekend getaway… ever.

What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun! What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun! What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun! What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun!

Have you ever been to Toronto, Ontario? Where do you usually stay/what do you usually do when you go there?

Planning on a quick family getaway? Here are some of our tips for a two-day road trip with toddlers!

Comments

  1. We will book a place to spend the night. Along the way there are many side trips to explore and enjoy.

  2. It looks like you’ve had your hands full but it also looks like you had a lot of fun. I remember traveling with my kiddo when he was a toddler. It is a lot of work but in the end it is definitely worth it. That hotel room is gorgeous. The tub alone would be worth the hotel room.

  3. We have done lots of road trips with our kids over the years and the key has always been lots and lots of snacks. Hungry kids are cranky kids.

  4. I have never been to Toronto but I keep hearing about how much fun it is and what a cool vibe it has. It wouldn’t be a quick weekend trip for me, but maybe I can make it someday!

  5. I have never been to Ontario but my dad was born in Canada so maybe someday he will take me there. Looks like a great place to stay.

  6. I typically hate being in the car for long periods of time. However, road trips are a lot better with people that you love. Glad you survived! lol

  7. My kids are 4, 11, and 12 and we are just now enjoying weekend and longer trips with them. We’ve been to Austin and Corpus this year and have at least 2 more trips planned before the end of the year.

  8. I love a good road trip and luckily for me so do my nieces and nephews!! I think a road trip with kids sounds like a great idea!!

  9. Never been to Toronto. My wife has been saying she wants to go to Canada. Might have to check it out.

  10. One of our biggest things we do when we travel is NOT plan what we are doing. lol Obviously we have a few things we want to do, but we also just want to relax and explore the stuff the locals have to enjoy, too!

  11. I am not yet a mother and a parent but I guess I need to check this out and consider taking note of the tips. In the future when I become a mom, I would love to still go on travel with my future kids.

  12. Road trips with kids can be challenging. I always try to time it so they nap for most of the drive. Great tips about choosing how far to drive so you can enjoy most of the day at your destination!

  13. These are great tips! Road trips are so much fun. Sometimes, the short ones are the most fun. They have the least amount of stress and the least likelihood of the kids getting bored.

  14. Road trips with a toddler….man, that feels like it was so long ago! We had it a little more rough as parents: no Ipads to load movies, but, we made do. This is a great post!

  15. can completely agree about not over scheduling. leaving space to really enjoy the things you know you will have fun doing as opposed to feeling like you need to rush from one place to another to feel like you didn’t ‘waste your time’

  16. I am happy to read about your fun time with your child. Just making sure you have the essentials to keep the kids pre-occupied with toys and snacks will keep them happy. Your photos are so precious!

  17. I love road trips especially day trips as discussed here. Quality activities are must as mentioned.

  18. I have actually found that, no plan when it comes to kids is easier. It allows for more flexibility and schedule changes.

  19. I don’t have any kids but, I had always imagined that it would be so much fun to travel with them. Of course, there’s the cons but, who cares!

  20. These tips are so helpful! Travelling with kids is always an unknown variable for our family!

  21. I know the feeling! Sometimes itineraries are overwhelming might as well be spontaneous! So exciting! What more if you’re with kids!

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