Expert tips when travelling with toddlers

Family with two sons travel in train

If you’re a travel enthusiast, parenting should not change that. In fact, it should make it more fun. However, when it comes to travelling with toddlers, even the most vacation-savvy parents will tell you that it requires proper preparation and can never be compared with adults-only trips. In other words, you can’t just plan haphazardly and expect all will go as you had planned. You must allow yourself enough time to do all the arrangement. Of course, for the first time, it might turn out a bit tough but if you have the right information, the whole scenario should not overwhelm you.

Travel with toddlers

If you want to travel the world with your toddlers, here are amazing tips to help you achieve your desires and at the same time, make the whole experience smooth and memorable. While every child’s needs are different, the tips can inspire you to know the essentials you need to pack, how to choose child-friendly destinations, best travel options and much more.

Be realistic

The adorable photos of parents and their toddlers you may have come across may lure you to think that it will be smooth all the way. To avoid disappointments, it’s important to manage your expectations. As a parent, you will still have to wipe someone’s nose, change diapers and keep an eye on your child even though you are on vacation. If you had imagined yourself relaxing as you sip a glass of wine and your children playing with their toddlers, unfortunately, you have to let go of that beautiful image. Even at a fantastic destination, kids will still cry and throw tantrums. Whether you are on vacation or not, parenting must take place.

Use precaution while travelling

If you are travelling by road, make sure you use a car seat. For older children aged 4 to 7, use booster seats to keep them secure until they are older enough to fit into standard seat belts. If you are going to fly, book for the safest in-flight option. Although children under 2 years travel for free, it would be better to buy a seat and secure your little ones. Experts suggest that children are much safer when restrained in safety seats. Ensuring your children’s safety during your travels is key to a memorable vacation. Therefore, instead, look for secure options other than cheaper ones.

Pack enough treats

If you are not ready to pay premium prices at travel spots, then don’t fail to pack enough healthy treats before departure whether travelling by air or road. Just the way you see your toddlers enjoying their snacks at home is the same way they will do even when travelling. One thing that can calm down your toddler during travel is some snacks. They are actually a must-have when travelling with kids. So, always ensure your carry-on bag is packed with your children’s favourite snacks. If there is a time you should spoil your children with snacks, let it be during your travels. Also, don’t forget to bring on a refillable water bottle and you will be good to go.

Choose a child-friendly destination

The beginning of an exciting family holiday is choosing a child-friendly destination. When toddlers are in the picture, then do not let your quest to explore deny those young travellers fun to be part of that vacation. You must look for destinations that are not only secure but they should also be of interest to your children. For instance, choosing a destination which includes old cities is a bad idea. Those canals, ubiquitous bridges and gondolas will obviously be fascinating to you but your children will be wondering what they are doing there in the first place. They will get bored the moment you step in there and thing can mean some rough moments for both of you. Therefore, if you want to ensure some peace during your vacation, look for a destination that includes some great and entertaining activities for children such as zoos and theme parks. This way, they will be occupied for the better part of the day and automatically enjoy a goodnight’s sleep.

The hotel you are spending should also be family-friendly with necessary amenities for kids such as a baby pool, babysitting services and enough space for running around. A comfortable place for your children to stay during a vacation will make them happier.

Pack like a pro

When packing, you have to do it like a travel pro if you don’t want to be overwhelmed while away from home. Whether you will be away from home for a day or a week, do your packing long before the travel date. If you can, even a month prior to would be fantastic. Packing in advance ensures you don’t forget anything because every time you remember something, you will just pick and pack it. As for the kids’ clothes, pack extra. You never know how your child will behave once you are out there.

If you are travelling by plane. Use a backpack instead of a handbag to pack those in-flight necessities. It can really come in handy when chasing after a toddler. As for what to pack in that backpack, begin with enough snacks, toys and extra change of clothes for both of you just in case of anything.

Remember to have fun!

Between all the planning and pre-packing it is easier to forget that you are doing all these just to have fun. Although it’s normal to freak out about every little thing especially if it’s your first time, do not be too hard on yourself. Do not focus too much on how difficult it is to travel with toddlers but instead, think of the great time you are going to have as a family. When you are more relaxed, you will be in a good condition to handle your child. And like everything else, you will realize the more you travel with your kids the more you’ll learn the tricks to make your trips unforgettable. Lastly, if something doesn’t go as planned, calmly adapt the new option with a positive attitude. After all, you are not going to a competition, you are going for a holiday to have fun, relax and just be happy.

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