We had our first train experiences this week! Travelling to see Ted’s father, we had a good hour and a half journey from Bradford and while I was nervous about keeping my bouncy, active little child in a confined space for so long.. I had prepared a little too. I had snacks, I had his Kindle Fire 7 tablet, and I had a cup of tea before I set off. I was prepared for anything.
Living in Yorkshire it means a lot of the train journeys are absolutely stunning once you leave the city and this one was no exception. Winding through the stations Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, some of the scenery passing by the windows was glorious and Ted was more than a little entranced.
I took his shoes off so he could stand at the window and watch, I was sat on the aisle seat so he wasn’t able to escape past me. The conductor did pass us and say she didn’t mind toddler shoes on the seats as long as they weren’t muddy so I popped them back on – but I’d rather be safe than sorry and check with someone first!
My trusty Fjallraven Re-Kanken was the perfect size to pop on the floor near Ted’s feet to prevent any under-seat escape. Yes, I have to watch all angles with this guy – he’s like Houdini reincarnate – being ahead of the game and seeing possible escape routes before he does is a must.
I managed to fit everything I needed into my Re-Kanken – it’s hands down the best choice I’ve made for a bag with a toddler and I’ll be getting another for next summer.
We did have to watch some Hey Duggee towards the end of the journey but I didn’t mind – it gave me chance to put our stroller up and get ready for leaving the train, so it wasn’t a bad thing.
All in all, I can’t wait for our next train adventure and I’ll definitely be making more use of trains as a single parent who can’t drive. They made me a little worried before as I wasn’t sure how he’d cope, but now? I feel prepared!