I don’t know about your toddler, but mine is obsessed with trains. All he wants to do when he wakes up is “play trains”. Living on the East Coast we have plenty of close cities that are accessible by Amtrak train. I recently traveled to Philadelphia for work and took advantage of the opportunity to take Aiden on his first train ride. He loved it! Of course, it was still a two hour period where he wasn’t able to run around so here are my top tips for train travel with a toddler.
4 Top Tips for Your Next Train Travel with a Toddler
1. Families have priority boarding — Just like air travel. On trains if you are traveling you can board with the priority boarding line. I make sure to get the station early and get to the front of that priority line. From Washington, we were the first stop so I knew there was a great chance that we would get seats together, but if you are getting on somewhere in the middle of the line the chances of getting seats together as a family is slim so maximize your chances by boarding first!
2. Grab a seat in the cafe car — The cafe car has open seating — so it’s first come first served seating, but there are booths with tables. This is perfect for traveling with a toddler. You have room to spread out. You can stay together as a family (most of the other seats are sets of two). You can eat and have easy access to snacks if needed, and you have many more entertainment options. I was happy I didn’t have to rely on our Fire and headphones for the trip. Plus, our journey home was during nap time so Aiden just leaned over and slept in Dan’s lap.
3. Bring things to do — Whenever we travel I fill Aiden’s back pack with plenty of things to do. Since we got a seat in the cafe car we played with puzzles and games. I found a mini version of Trouble in the dollar section at Target and Aiden loved it. He loved popping the dice and moving the colored pieces. The dollar section always has great travel boredom busters for little ones.
4. Bring lots of snacks — Some people don’t realize you can bring food on the train. We brought our own breakfast which took up some time when we got on the train. I also had lots of snacks available for Aiden. He doesn’t get a ton of snacks at home so traveling is a special treat for him because we are a little more lenient with snacking.
Traveling by train with a toddler is a fun way to travel. With just a little bit of preparation you can have a successful journey.
Have you traveled by train with a toddler? What are your best tips?
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