Do you know the one question that I am asked when it comes to parenting tips and advice? How do you travel with a toddler? Try as they may, all of the parents who ask me this question only have nightmare stories to tell.
With so many parents asking for such targeted advice, I thought it would be a great idea to prepare a post with my top tips for traveling with toddlers.
What’s the Plan?
This should not be a question that anybody in your traveling party should be asking you when you arrive to take the plane.
A few days before, sit down and consider the logistics of the adventure you about to undertake. Times such as:
- Ride to the airport
- Any connecting flights/in transit time
- Flight time
- Shuttle to your hotel
- Time between arriving and checking in
- Transport between vacation activities
These are all times where your child will need to be entertained or sleeping.
While you can’t always determine their sleep, you can help to keep them entertained during these times. Remember, you yourself don’t enjoy being squashed into the back of a cab as you drive a bumpy road from the airport, either. There’s no reason a toddler would.
Speaking of Entertainment
If you aren’t preloading all of your mobile devices then you are wasting valuable entertainment opportunities. An old iPhone as an example can a great way to give your children an entertainment-only device which is preloaded with music or TV shows they enjoy.
A good note to keep in mind is to ensure that any and all entertainment on these devices can be used offline. That means that when the pilot tells you to switch the device to Flight Mode, the music, movies, and games that you took the time to preload will still work without a connection.
If you are a smart traveler then you have already visited the Groupon Coupons page for Ulta Beauty to get travel size versions of your regular routines. Do the same for your toddler. If they have any rash cream or powders that you use, look for smaller sizes that you can pack in a carry-on sized kit.
Top items to include are:
- Splinter removal kit
- Antiseptic spray
If your child needs medication, the worst thing that you can do is turn up to the airport without any documentation. Whether it’s to treat an inner ear infection or is needed for a serious condition, be sure that your child’s medication is sufficiently documented.
While there will never be a full and complete list of travel tips, these are my top four and ones which have helped many families in my traveling past with their toddler travels.
If the idea of traveling with a youngster has been preventing you from enjoying the world and all of the adventure is has to offer, it’s time to change your way of thinking and get out there to take on the world!