As a mum, I know how daunting it can be to go travelling with a toddler. The packing, the planning, the meltdowns – it can all feel just a bit overwhelming. But let me tell you, it’s all worth it. The memories you make on family vacations are priceless and will be cherished for years to come.
That’s why we have put our heads together and created this ultimate guide to traveling with a toddler. We wanted to share our own experiences and offer advice to other parents who might be feeling unsure about taking the leap.
I’ll never forget the first time I travelled with my little boy when he wasn’t a baby anymore. He was 18 months old, and we were heading off on a family vacation in France. I was excited, but also nervous. What if he didn’t like being away from home? What if he got sick or had a tantrum on the plane? What if we forgot something important that we couldn’t buy abroad?
Well, I’m happy to report that our trip was a success. Sure, there were a few bumps along the way, but we made it through and had a blast. And that experience inspired us to help other parents feel confident and prepared when traveling with their own toddlers.
Throughout this guide, I’ll be sharing tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years, as well as some personal anecdotes that I hope will make you laugh and feel less alone in the struggles of travelling with a little person.
So, grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine, no judgement here!), sit back, and let’s dive into the wonderful world of travelling with a toddler.
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL WITH YOUR TODDLER
PLAN YOUR TRIP WITH A TODDLER
WHY PLANNING IS CRUCIAL FOR TRAVELLING WITH A TODDLER
When it comes to traveling with a toddler, planning ahead is crucial! This task can seem daunting if you have never had to do it before, but trust me, it is so worth it.
As a mom who has taken many trips with my little ones, I know that the right preparation can make all the difference in having a smooth and enjoyable trip. I promise that a little forethought will make that holiday far more enjoyable for everyone involved.
CHOOSING A FAMILY-FRIENDLY DESTINATION
First and foremost, choosing a family-friendly destination is key. Look for places with activities and attractions that are appropriate for your little one. Beaches, theme parks, and national parks are all great options.
It’s important to remember that not all destinations are created equal when it comes to toddler-friendliness.
Research your options thoroughly and think about what will work best for your family.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL WITH A TODDLER
Once you’ve decided on a destination, consider the best time to travel with a toddler.
Traveling during off-peak periods can make a huge difference in terms of crowds, cost, and overall stress levels.
Additionally, keep your child’s nap schedule in mind and try to plan around it to avoid unnecessary meltdowns.
Finally consider any potential weather-related issues that could arise during your travel dates.
BOOKING ACCOMMODATIONS THAT ARE KID-FRIENDLY
When it comes to accommodations, look for hotels or vacation rentals that are kid-friendly. Many hotels offer amenities like cribs, highchairs, and kid’s menus.
Vacation rentals can be particularly appealing, as they often offer more space and a kitchen, which can be invaluable when traveling with a little one.
Having access to a kitchen can make it easy to prepare meals and snacks, which can save you money and ensure that your child is getting the food they need.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Finally, think carefully about the mode of transportation you’re planning to use with your toddler.
Air travel can be particularly challenging with a toddler, but it’s not impossible.
If you do decide to fly, try to book a direct flight and consider bringing a car seat on board for added safety and comfort.
If you’re driving, plan for frequent stops and bring plenty of snacks, toys, and activities to keep your toddler entertained.
As you can see, the key to successful travel with a toddler is indeed planning. By taking the time to think through the details and make the right preparations, you can set yourself and your family up for a trip that’s enjoyable and stress-free.
PACK FOR A TRIP WITH A TODDLER
Packing for a trip with a toddler can feel overwhelming, but with a little planning and organization, it’s definitely manageable.
Here are some tips for making the packing process as smooth as possible.
HOW TO MAKE A PACKING LIST FOR A TODDLER
First, make a packing list for your little one. This should include essentials like diapers, wipes, extra clothes, and any medications they may need.
Depending on the length of your trip, you may need to pack more or less of each item.
Be sure to consider the weather and any specific activities you’ll be doing when deciding what to pack. Do you need a bathing suit for instance? If you do make sure to pick one that covers your toddler’s skin to avoid sunburns.
WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR CARRY-ON BAG
When it comes to your carry-on bag, pack everything you’ll need for the flight or drive. This might include snacks, drinks, books, and activities to keep your toddler entertained.
I like to pack a variety of toys and activities, including crayons, colouring books, stickers, and small toys like figurines or cars.
If your toddler has a favourite show or movie, consider downloading episodes or movies to a tablet or phone for in-flight entertainment. We like to bring our son’s amazon fire tablet, which is jam packed with educational games for him to play.
ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO BRING FOR YOUR TODDLER
Essential items to bring for your toddler include a stroller or carrier, sunscreen, hats, and a first aid kit.
Depending on the destination, you may also need bug spray, water shoes, or other specialty items.
Be sure to research your destination thoroughly and pack accordingly.
HOW TO PACK EFFICIENTLY
Finally, pack efficiently by using packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep everything organized. Roll clothes instead of folding them to save space, and use packing bags to compress bulky items like diapers and wipes.
I like to pack each day’s outfits in a separate bag, so I can easily grab what I need without having to dig through the suitcase.
I also like to bring our Scrubba Washbag. Toddlers’ clothes get dirty quickly and this useful pocket-sized washing bag allows you to keep on top of the laundry whilst you travel.
Overall, the key to successful packing for a trip with a toddler is to be prepared and organized. By making a packing list, packing efficiently, and bringing along everything you need, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and stress when you reach your destination.
DURING THE TRIP WITH YOUR TODDLER
As parents, we too have experienced the feeling of dread that comes at the thought of travelling with a toddler. But trust us, with the right amount of planning and preparation, it can actually turn out to be a fun and fulfilling experience for the whole family.
In the last section, we discussed all the things you need to do before embarking on your journey.
Now, let’s shift our focus to what you can do during your trip to make sure your little one is content and at ease.
TRAVELLING WITH A TODDLER
WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY OF TRAVEL
On the day of your big trip, it’s a good idea to leave early to avoid any last-minute rush or unexpected hiccups. Nobody wants to be running through the airport trying to catch a flight, right?
Don’t forget to double-check that you have all the necessary documents, like passports, visas, and tickets, before leaving home. You wouldn’t want to arrive at the airport only to realize you left something crucial behind.
It’s also a great idea to keep all the essential items your little one needs, like snacks, toys, and diapers, in a carry-on bag for easy access. Trust me, having these things within reach will save you from a lot of headaches later on!
And while you’re at it, make sure your toddler is wearing comfy clothes and shoes. This will ensure they’re happy and relaxed throughout the journey.
Lastly, keep a positive attitude and don’t forget to laugh! Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, but it’s important to stay calm and enjoy the adventure. After all, it’s the unexpected moments that make for the best memories!
HOW TO HANDLE LONG FLIGHTS OR ROAD TRIPS
Let’s face it, long flights or road trips with a toddler can be a real challenge. But fear not, with a bit of planning, you can keep your little one entertained and comfy for the journey ahead.
First things first, don’t skimp on the snacks and drinks! Bring plenty of your toddler’s favourites to keep his or her little tummy full, happy and hydrated.
And toys, oh boy, bring ALL the toys! From colouring books to stuffed animals, make sure you’ve got a variety of playthings to keep your little one occupied for the duration of the trip.
To add some extra excitement, pack a few new toys or books to surprise them along the way. Nothing beats the thrill of discovering something new and shiny on a long journey!
In fact, you can copy our trick and create a new family tradition. Before every flight our little boy gets to pick out one new toy or magazine in the shop at the airport. But he doesn’t get to read or play with it until we have boarded.
If you’re hitting the road, be sure to plan for regular stops to let your little one stretch their legs and burn off some energy. Believe me, a restless toddler cooped up in a car is not a happy camper!
If you’re taking to the skies, try to book a flight during their usual nap time. A sleepy toddler makes for a much more relaxed journey. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to catch up on your own snooze time!
With these tips in mind, you’re all set for a successful journey with your toddler in tow.
TIPS FOR USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITH A TODDLER
Using public transportation with a toddler can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride, but it’s often the most convenient way to get around a new city. So, let’s make sure you’re prepared for the adventure ahead!
First things first, do some research on the transportation options at your chosen destination. It’s always a good idea to plan your route ahead of time and make note of any connections or transfers you’ll need to make. That way, you’ll avoid any unnecessary stress and confusion in the midst of your journey.
Now, let’s talk about the gear. If you’re traveling with a toddler, a carrier can be a lifesaver on public transportation. It keeps your hands free and your little one snuggled up close.
But if a stroller is more your style, make sure to bring one that’s lightweight and easy to fold. You don’t want to be wrestling with a bulky stroller on a crowded bus or train!
And speaking of crowds, always keep a close eye on your toddler when you’re in a busy or crowded area. Hold their hand or keep them close by, so they don’t wander off. Or put them on a leash – no I am not kidding! Safety first please, always!
With these tips in mind, you’re ready to take on the world of public transportation with your toddler in tow.
ADVICE FOR TRAVELING WITH A TODDLER ALONE
Traveling alone with a toddler can be quite a feat, but trust me, it’s actually doable! Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your adventure.
First things first, pack light. You don’t want to be weighed down by too much luggage while trying to keep up with your little one. Remember, less is more in this scenario!
Next, consider using a child carrier or lightweight stroller to make moving around a breeze. A child carrier can be a real lifesaver when you’re on the go and need your hands free. But if your little one prefers a stroller, opt for a lightweight, easily manoeuvrable one. And one that folds up small!
Don’t hesitate to take advantage of any assistance offered to you. For instance, pre-boarding on flights can give you a head start and more time to get situated before other passengers come on board. And airport shuttles can make getting around a lot easier.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. People are usually more than happy to lend a hand, whether it’s lifting your luggage into an overhead bin or holding the door open for you.
ACCOMMODATION WITH A TODDLER
HOW TO CREATE A TODDLER-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT IN YOUR HOTEL ROOM OR AIRBNB
When looking for a place to stay during your travels with a toddler, it’s important to consider their needs as well. Look for a family-friendly hotel or Airbnb that offers amenities like a pool or playground to keep them entertained.
Once you arrive, create a cosy and familiar environment for your little one by setting up a play area with their favourite toys and books.
Don’t forget to bring some familiar items from home, like their trusty blanket or stuffed animal, to help them feel at ease.
And if possible, opt for a room with a separate sleeping area, so you can enjoy some downtime while your toddler snoozes peacefully.
WAYS TO TODDLER-PROOF THE HOTEL ROOM
Before you settle into your hotel room, it’s important to make sure that it’s a safe space for your toddler. Cover electrical outlets, move breakable items out of reach, and lock up any cabinets and drawers that contain hazardous items.
Additionally, if your little adventurer is prone to wandering, consider using a portable travel crib or bed rail to keep them safe and sound during sleep time.
TIPS FOR DEALING WITH SLEEP ISSUES IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT
Sleeping in a new environment can be difficult for toddlers, so it’s essential to establish a consistent sleep routine.
Those familiar items we suggested you bring along (your toddler’s favourite blanket or stuffed animal) will come in handy here and make them feel comfortable in their new environment.
Stick to your usual bedtime routine as much as possible, including reading a book or singing a lullaby, to give them a sense of normalcy.
If your toddler struggles falling asleep in a new environment, consider using white noise machine or a sound machine to create a calming atmosphere.
ACTIVITIES ON YOUT TRIP WITH A TODDLER
As a mom who loves to travel with my toddler, I know how important it is to have a variety of activities planned to keep them engaged and entertained during a trip.
Here are some of our favourite activities to do with our little one while on vacation.
Plus, some tips on how to balance what your toddlers find fun, with the things you want to do as their parent.
FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR TODDLER ON VACATION
One of the best things about traveling with a toddler is that they are often curious and excited about new experiences. This means that even simple activities can be fun and entertaining for them.
And by planning in activities that your child is interested in, they’re more likely to stay engaged and have a good time throughout the entire trip.
So here are some great ideas for fun and educational activities to do with your toddler on vacation:
VISIT A LOCAL PARK OR PLAYGROUND
If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors with your toddler, consider visiting a local park. There are plenty of beautiful parks and playgrounds in many cities and towns that are perfect for young children.
Most parks have playgrounds, walking trails, and open spaces where you can have a picnic or play some outdoor games like frisbee or ball. Take a stroll or bike ride through the park, or let your toddler run around and have a blast at the playground.
Taking your toddler to a park or playground is a simple yet enjoyable activity that can give them a chance to have some outdoor playtime and interact with other children. It’s amazing how the simplest activities can bring so much joy to toddlers. It’s a great way to let your little one run, climb, and have fun! It’s also a wonderful opportunity to get some exercise, breathe in some fresh air, and let your child burn off some energy – before you go visit a museum.
GOING ON A NATURE WALK
Whether you’re in a city or a more rural area, taking a nature walk with your toddler can be a fun and educational activity.
Look for walking trails or nature reserves that are suitable for young children, and encourage your toddler to explore and interact with the natural world around them.
TAKE A DIP IN THE POOL OR BEACH
A day at the beach can be a blast for toddlers! Most of them love playing in the sand and splashing in the waves. So go and enjoy a day in the sun with your family!
Don’t forget to bring some water toys like beach balls, floaties, and pool noodles for some extra fun. You can even pack a spade and bucket for your little one to build sandcastles, build water dams and play in the sand in all sorts of ways.
Just remember to keep a close eye on your child and practice water safety at all times.
HAVE A PICNIC
Pack a lunch and head to a scenic spot for a relaxing picnic. This can be a great break from all the walking and sightseeing and a chance for your toddler to explore their surroundings in a more relaxed setting.
ATTEND LOCAL FESTIVALS OR EVENTS
Check out what events or festivals are happening in the area and take your toddler along.
This can be a great way to experience the local culture and traditions and have some fun at the same time.
SUGGESTIONS FOR KID-FRIENDLY TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Trying to find activities that both you and your little one will enjoy can be challenging. It’s important to think about what will keep your child engaged and entertained during the trip. Some tourist attractions may not be suitable for young children, so it’s important to research and choose activities that are kid-friendly.
When choosing attractions, consider your toddler’s interests and energy levels. For example, a children’s museum or aquarium might be a great option for a calm toddler who loves animals or interactive exhibits. A local zoo or amusement park could also be a hit with your little one if they are more energetic.
Remember to plan plenty of breaks and downtime during your vacation to avoid overwhelming your toddler. With a little bit of planning and research, you can find plenty of fun and educational activities that are perfect for toddlers.
Here are some of our favourite ones:
Taking your toddler to a museum can be a great way to teach them about art, science, and culture.
You might think that your toddler is too young to appreciate art or history. But luckily, there are many children’s museums out there that have interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, designed specifically for young children.
These museums offer a fun and educational experience that encourages learning through play.
So when you plan your next trip, be sure to look for children’s museums in your destination city, as they can be a great way to keep your little one entertained while also introducing them to new ideas and concepts.
ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS
A trip to the zoo or aquarium can be a great way to keep your toddler entertained while also providing a fun and educational experience.
Most toddlers love animals and they’ll have a great time seeing all the different animals up close! There’s nothing quite like seeing a child’s face light up when they see a favourite animal in person!
Many zoos and aquariums also offer special programs for toddlers, such as animal encounters or behind-the-scenes tours, which can make the experience even more exciting. Plus, many zoos and aquariums have playgrounds and other activities designed for young children, so there’s always plenty to do.
At some zoos and aquariums you can even attend a feeding or training session, which is a great way to learn more about different animals’ behaviours and habits. So look out for those.
Or, consider planning a scavenger hunt for your toddler to help them engage with the exhibits and learn more about the animals they’re seeing.
Animal parks and petting zoos can be a great way to introduce your toddler to animals in a safe and supervised environment. Your little one will love interacting with the animals, and it can be a fun and educational experience for the whole family.
AMUSEMENT PARKS OR WATER PARKS
If your toddler is a fan of merry-go-rounds, then you should definitely consider taking them to an amusement or water park! It’s a sure-fire way to have a day filled with fun and excitement.
Now, some of those rides can be a little too intense for the littlest ones, but no worries – most parks have areas that are specifically designed for young children. These areas have rides and activities that are totally appropriate for toddlers’ age and size.
When you’re looking for the perfect amusement park, keep your eyes peeled for sections that are tailored to young kids. And don’t forget to double-check the height and age requirements for each ride to make sure it’s safe for your child.
If you’re planning a summer visit, a water park is a fantastic way to cool off and have a blast with your toddler. Just make sure to find a water park that has shallow pools and small slides that are specifically designed for toddlers.
But wait, there’s more! Many theme parks also have shows and parades that are perfect for little kids. Make sure to check the park’s schedule so you don’t miss out on any fun events during your visit.
Exploring a botanical garden can be a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while exposing your toddler to different plants and flowers.
Some botanical gardens even offer interactive exhibits and children’s programs.
HOW TO BALANCE ADULT ACTIVITIES WITH KID-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
Finding the right balance between adult activities and kid-friendly ones during a vacation can be a real challenge.
You don’t want to bore your toddler with adult stuff, but you also don’t want to miss out on things that you and your partner enjoy.
So here are some of our tips to help you achieve that perfect balance:
PLAN AHEAD AND ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES
Before embarking on your family vacation, make sure to research the area and compile a list of activities that cater to both adults and children. Luckily many tourist attractions are versatile, so find something that would be interesting to both you and your toddler.
Strike a balance between activities that your toddler will enjoy and those that you and your partner would love to indulge in. It’s important to plan activities that cater to everyone in the family.
For example, you might want to check out a cool museum or art exhibit, but don’t forget to also plan some time for your child to play and explore. Maybe there’s a playground or water park nearby that would be perfect for them.
Another good example would be exploring a local market or trying out a new restaurant and then visiting the zoo or aquarium with your child.
To ensure everyone has a say in the day’s activities, take turns selecting what to do, especially if you’re traveling with another adult. This way, you can balance both adult and kid-friendly activities in your itinerary. Remember, a successful family vacation is all about finding that perfect balance!
In case there are certain activities that you and your partner wish to do, but your toddler is not old enough for yet, consider taking turns to take care of your little one while the other person goes for the activity. This way, everyone can do what they love without missing out on anything.
MAKE USE OF BABYSITTERS AND CHILDCARE SERVICES
If you plan on doing something together that your child may not enjoy, such as a romantic dinner or a wine tasting, you can consider arranging for a babysitter or childcare service.
Many hotels offer these services, so be sure to inquire about them when you make your reservation.
PLAN YOUR DAYS AROUND YOUR TODDLER’S SCHEDULE
Toddlers tend to wake up early and go to bed early, so take advantage of these times to do adult activities. Schedule your adult activities for early morning or late at night when your toddler is sleeping.
Toddlers need plenty of rest and naptime, so try to plan your activities around those times. This will allow you to enjoy adult activities during naptime, and still have plenty of time for kid-friendly activities during the day.
Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and that’s okay. Be willing to adjust your schedule or plans if necessary to accommodate your toddler’s needs and interests.
WAYS TO KEEP YOUR TODDLER ENTERTAINED WHILE TRAVELLING
Traveling can be stressful for everyone, but it can be especially difficult for toddlers who are out of their routine and in an unfamiliar environment.
Here are some ways to keep your toddler entertained and happy whilst travelling:
BRING ALONG PLENTY OF SNACKS AND TOYS
Stock up on your toddler’s favourite snacks and toys to keep them occupied during long flights or car rides.
Pack plenty of snacks and toys to keep your toddler occupied during long car rides or flights. Choose snacks that are easy to eat and not too messy, and bring toys that are small and easy to pack.
Toddlers love to play, so bring along plenty of toys and books to keep them entertained. Consider bringing a mix of new and familiar toys to keep things interesting.
Toddlers can get cranky when they’re hungry, so make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand. Pack a variety of healthy snacks such as fruit, crackers, and cheese, as well as some special treats like cookies or fruit snacks.
Another great way to keep your toddler entertained while traveling is to bring some toys and activities with you. Small toys, such as puzzles, colouring books, and action figures, can keep your child entertained for hours. Make sure to bring toys that are age-appropriate and not too small that they can be a choking hazard. It’s also a good idea to bring some new toys that your child has never played with before to keep things exciting.
USE SCREEN TIME WISELY
While it’s important to limit screen time, it can be a lifesaver during long flights or car rides. Download some of your toddler’s favourite shows or games to your phone or tablet to keep them entertained.
If your toddler enjoys watching movies or playing games, consider bringing a tablet or DVD player. This can be a great way to keep them entertained during long car rides or flights
You can also download some kid-friendly movies or TV shows onto your tablet or phone to watch during long car rides or flights.
While it’s important to limit screen time, it can be a lifesaver on a long flight or car ride. Load up a tablet or smartphone with your toddler’s favourite apps, videos, and games to keep them entertained.
In addition to toys, consider downloading some educational apps or games on your phone or tablet that your child can play during downtime. There are plenty of educational games and apps available that can teach your child about letters, numbers, and even foreign languages.
Be sure to take regular breaks during long car rides or flights to let your toddler stretch their legs and burn off some energy.
Toddlers have short attention spans, so take frequent breaks during your trip to give them a chance to run around and burn off some energy.
CREATE A TRAVEL JOURNAL
Another great idea is to create a travel journal or scrapbook with your toddler. You can include photos, ticket stubs, and other mementos from your trip. This is a great way to engage your child and help them remember the fun experiences they had on vacation.
Traveling with a toddler can be a wonderful and rewarding experience.
By planning ahead and keeping your child’s needs in mind, you can ensure a fun and stress-free vacation for the whole family.
Remember to balance adult activities with kid-friendly activities, have a variety of entertainment options, and most importantly, enjoy the time spent creating lasting memories with your little one.
HANDLING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS WHEN YOU ARE TRAVELLING WITH A TODDLER
HOW TO HANDLE TANTRUMS
Ah, tantrums. The definition of toddlerhood and every parent’s worst nightmare, especially when travelling.
I can totally understand how overwhelming it can be to deal with your little one’s emotional outbursts in a public place, and it’s not uncommon for parents to feel embarrassed or helpless in such situations.
But fear not! With a little bit of preparation and some quick thinking, you can easily handle tantrums while traveling with your toddler.
WHY TANTRUMS HAPPEN DURING TRAVEL
First things first, let’s talk about why tantrums happen during travel.
It’s no secret that traveling can be stressful for anyone, let alone a tiny human who may not fully comprehend what’s happening around them. From changes in routine to unfamiliar surroundings, there are many things that can trigger a tantrum in your toddler.
And as parents, it’s our job to identify those triggers and take steps to prevent them.
TIPS FOR PREVENTING TANTRUMS
One of the best ways to prevent tantrums during travel is to be prepared. Bring along your toddler’s favourite toys, books, and snacks to keep them entertained and occupied.
Pack a small bag with essentials such as diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes, in case of emergencies. Stick to your child’s usual routine as much as possible, including meal and nap times.
This will help them feel more comfortable and secure in their new surroundings.
HOW TO HANDLE TANTRUM, ESPECIALLY IN PUBLIC PLACES
Now, let’s say your toddler does have a tantrum in public. What do you do?
The first thing to remember is to stay calm. I know it’s easier said than done, but trust me, it will help de-escalate the situation.
Try to identify the trigger of the tantrum and address it if possible. If your toddler is hungry, offer them a snack. If they’re tired, find a quiet place for them to rest.
Another technique that often works is distraction. Engage your toddler in a fun activity or game that can take their mind off the tantrum. Sing a song, play peek-a-boo, or ask them to point out different things around them.
Sometimes, a change of scenery can also help. If you’re in a crowded area, take your toddler for a walk outside or to a quieter spot.
It’s also important to set boundaries and be consistent with your discipline. Let your toddler know that their behaviour is not acceptable but do so calmly and without yelling or getting angry.
Try to redirect their attention to something else, and offer positive reinforcement when they do calm down.
Remember, tantrums are a normal part of toddlerhood, and it’s important to remain patient and understanding. Most importantly, don’t be too hard on yourself or your little one.
Tantrums are a part of growing up, and with your love and support, your toddler will learn how to regulate their emotions and behaviour over time.
HOW TO HANDLE ILLNESSES
We know first-hand how stressful it can be when your toddler gets sick during a trip. It can really put a damper on your plans and cause a lot of worry and anxiety.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for and handle illnesses while traveling with a toddler.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR ILLNESSES WHEN TRAVELLING WITH A TODDLER
Before embarking on any trip with a toddler, it’s always a good idea to prepare for all potential illnesses. Here are some things we would recommend you do / pack before your holiday:
- Pack a well-stocked first aid kit: Make sure to include items like fever reducers, cough syrup, and allergy medication, as well as basic supplies like band-aids, gauze, and antiseptic wipes.
- Research medical facilities: Find out where the nearest hospitals, urgent care centres, and pharmacies are located in case you need them.
- Bring copies of medical records: If your toddler has any ongoing medical conditions or allergies, it’s a good idea to bring copies of their medical records in case you need to visit a doctor while on vacation.
- Bring plenty of hand sanitizer: One of the best ways to prevent illnesses while traveling is to practice good hygiene, including washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer.
TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELLING WITH A TODDLER
Preventing illnesses is key to a successful and enjoyable vacation. Here are some tips for staying healthy while traveling with a toddler:
- Practice good hygiene: This includes washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, and avoiding touching your face.
- Stay hydrated: Make sure you and your toddler are drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
- Get enough rest: Travel can be exhausting, so make sure you and your toddler are getting enough rest to stay healthy.
- Eat healthy foods: It can be tempting to indulge in fast food and junk food while on vacation but try to make healthy choices whenever possible to keep your immune system strong.
- Avoid crowded places: When possible, try to avoid crowded places where illnesses can easily spread.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TODDLER GETS SICK DURING YOUR TRIP
Despite your best efforts, it’s possible that your toddler may still get sick while on vacation. Here are some steps to take if this happens:
- Stay calm: It can be scary to see your little one feeling unwell, but it’s important to stay calm and keep a level head. Your toddler will take cues from you, so it’s important to project a sense of calm and reassurance.
- Seek medical attention if necessary: If your toddler has a high fever or other concerning symptoms, it’s best to seek medical attention as soon as possible. This may mean visiting an urgent care centre or hospital, depending on the severity of the illness.
- Follow doctor’s orders: If your toddler is prescribed medication, make sure to follow the doctor’s orders exactly. This includes dosage instructions and timing.
- Stay hydrated: If your toddler is dealing with a stomach bug or other illness that causes vomiting or diarrhoea, it’s important to make sure they stay hydrated. Offer plenty of water or electrolyte solutions to help replace lost fluids.
SAFETY WHEN TRAVELLING WITH A TODDLER
Travelling with a toddler can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be overwhelming at times, especially if you are worried about your toddler’s safety.
As a mom who has travelled with my toddler numerous times, I have learned some valuable lessons that I would like to share with you.
Here are some tips on how to keep your toddler safe while travelling:
SAFETY CONCERNS WHEN TRAVELING WITH A TODDLER
Before you embark on your trip, it’s important to identify any safety risks you may encounter on your trip.
For example, some common safety concerns when travelling with a toddler include drowning, food safety, and car safety.
It’s important to research your destination ahead of time to identify any safety risks and take necessary precautions to avoid them.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR TODDLER SAFE IN CROWDED PLACES
Crowded places can be a challenge when travelling with a toddler.
It’s important to keep a close eye on your child at all times, especially in crowded areas such as airports, train stations, and tourist attractions.
Here are some tips to help keep your toddler safe in crowded places:
- Use a child harness: While some people may frown upon the use of child harnesses, they can be a great tool for keeping your toddler close to you in crowded places.
- Hold hands: If your toddler is old enough, hold hands while walking through crowded areas. This can help prevent your child from wandering off or getting lost.
- Use a stroller: A stroller can be a great way to keep your toddler contained in crowded areas. However, be aware that strollers may not be allowed in some tourist attractions.
ADVICE FOR HANDLING EMERGENCIES WHILE TRAVELLING
Emergencies can happen when travelling with a toddler, so it’s important to be prepared.
Here are some tips to help you handle emergencies while travelling:
- Pack a first aid kit: Make sure to pack a first aid kit that includes items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.
- Know the emergency number: Make sure to know the emergency number for the country you’re travelling to.
- Know where the nearest hospital is: Before you leave on your trip, research the nearest hospital to your destination in case of an emergency.
CREATIVE IDEAS FOR CAPTURING MEMORIES ON YOUR TRIP
Take lots of photos and videos to capture your toddler’s precious moments and milestones on your trip. You can create a digital album or scrapbook later on to keep the memories alive.
Encourage your toddler to keep a travel journal or draw pictures of their experiences during the trip. This can be a fun and creative way to document their travels and express their emotions. Buy a small souvenir or trinket from each destination that you visit and create a memory box or jar to store them in. This will be a unique and sentimental way to remember your travels as a family.
Other time and several trips with our son, we have come across some fantastic travel products that have made our trips much more comfortable and enjoyable.
Here are some of our top recommendations for must-have items when travelling with a toddler:
LIST OF MUST-HAVE TRAVEL PRODUCTS FOR TODDLERS
- A lightweight stroller: A good stroller is essential for navigating airports and exploring new destinations. Look for a model that is lightweight, easy to fold and manoeuvre.
- A portable travel crib: If you’re staying in hotels or rental homes, having a portable travel crib can make bedtime much easier for your little one.
- A backpack-style diaper bag: When you’re on the go, having your hands free is a must. A backpack-style diaper bag is perfect for carrying all your essentials while keeping your hands free to hold your toddler’s hand.
LINKS TO HELPFUL WEBSITES AND APPS
Here are some of our favourite apps that can help keep your toddler happy and entertained during long journeys:
- GateGuru: This app provides information on airport amenities, such as restaurants and restrooms, and can help you navigate busy airports with ease.
- Toilet Finder is another app that can be a game-changer when travelling with a toddler. It can help you locate public restrooms or cafes with toilets so that you don’t have to stress about finding a bathroom when your toddler needs one.
- The BBC iPlayer Kids App is a lifesaver for access to all of your toddler’s favourite CBeebies shows. What’s even better is that you can download them in advance so that they’re ready and waiting when you’re in the air or on the road.
- Netflix is another great app where you can pre-download TV shows and movies to keep your little one occupied during long trips. Watching their favourite movie or TV show can help pass the time and keep them entertained.
- Kidloland is a popular app among parents of toddlers, and for good reason. It’s a great learning tool for pre-schoolers that helps them learn colours, vegetables, numbers, and nursery rhymes while being fun and stimulating too!
- Disney Jr Play is another app that has lots of different games, so your little one won’t get bored quickly. It’s been attributed to giving young travellers new skills and can keep them engaged and entertained for hours.
- CBeebies Playtime app is full of learning games featuring your little one’s favourite CBeebies characters like the Tellytubbies and the Twirlywoos. It’s a fun and engaging way for your toddler to learn and play at the same time.
HOW CAN I MAKE SURE MY TODDLER IS COMFORTABLE ON A LONG FLIGHT?
First and foremost, make sure your toddler has a comfortable seat.
If you can, book a flight that coincides with their usual nap time.
Bring plenty of snacks and drinks, as well as a change of clothes in case of accidents.
Also, pack their favourite blanket, toys, and books to keep them occupied during the flight.
WHAT ARE THE BEST TRAVEL TOYS FOR TODDLERS?
Toys that are compact and easy to clean are the best for traveling with a toddler. Think small cars, dolls, colouring books, and stickers.
Board books are also great for little ones to look at and play with.
HOW CAN I HANDLE JET LAG WITH A TODDLER?
Try to adjust your toddler’s schedule before you leave. If you’re traveling to a place that has a significant time difference, start shifting their bedtime and nap times a few days before the trip.
When you arrive, expose your toddler to natural sunlight during the day and keep the room dark at night to help their bodies adjust.
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH A PICKY EATER?
Pack plenty of snacks and meals that your toddler enjoys.
If you’re traveling internationally, research local cuisine ahead of time and try to find dishes that your toddler might enjoy.
Also, don’t be afraid to try new foods yourself to encourage your little one.
HOW DO I HANDLE NAP TIME WHILE TRAVELING?
If possible, try to schedule your activities around your toddler’s nap time.
Bring a portable crib or pack ‘n play for your little one to nap in or use a baby carrier or stroller to keep them comfortable while they nap on the go.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY TODDLER GETS LOST IN A CROWDED PLACE?
Before you travel, make sure your toddler knows their full name and your contact information.
If your little one does get lost, stay calm and approach the nearest authority figure for help.
Consider investing in a child locator device or a GPS tracker to give you peace of mind.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON TRAVELLING WITH A TODDLER
In conclusion, travelling with a toddler can be a challenging and rewarding experience for both you and your child.
By following these tips and tricks, you can make the most out of your family vacation and create lasting memories with your little one.
Remember to pack smart, plan ahead, and stay flexible to accommodate your toddler’s needs and preferences.
While it’s important to prepare for potential tantrums, illnesses, and safety concerns, it’s equally important to savour the joys of traveling with a toddler.
Seeing the world through your child’s eyes can bring a fresh perspective and sense of wonder to even the most mundane experiences.
As a mom who loves to travel with my toddler, I can attest to the magic and adventure that comes with exploring new places together.
I’ll never forget the time my son saw the ocean for the first time, and her face lit up with wonder and excitement. It’s these moments that make the challenges of traveling with a toddler all worth it.
Travelling with my toddler has been a transformative experience. It has taught me to be more patient, flexible, and open-minded
So, embrace the adventure and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You may be surprised by the resilience and adaptability of your little one, and the memories you create together will be cherished for a lifetime. Happy travels!
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