6 Easy Tips For Traveling With Toddlers
We can all agree that traveling with toddlers can be a daunting task. But it can be done easily and smoothly if you have a good travel plan and organization.
Traveling with toddlers does not need to be hard or stressful. Whether you take multiple international flights or just a short, routine flight for an annual family trip doesn’t matter. The most important thing is how much you’ve prepared.
Having been on vacation various times with toddlers, I can tell you from experience that traveling with toddlers is more stressful and challenging than traveling with a baby. You heard that right: traveling with toddlers takes complete patience and setting the right expectations. This is not to say that traveling with toddlers isn’t worth it. Quite the opposite. Although it can be challenging, the experience is quite enjoyable. In this article, we will give you simple tips to help you survive a trip with toddlers and make the entire travel experience worth it.
Here are some tips on how to make traveling a lot easier for you and your toddlers.
Choose an Airline With Kid-Friendly Perks
Not every airline has all kinds of kid’s perks to offer their littlest travelers, so the first thing you want to do as a parent who wants to have a peaceful and quiet trip is to choose an airline with kid-friendly perks from a wide array of their favorite TV shows and movies to kid-approved headphones.
Always ask your travel agency whether the airline offers priority boarding for families with toddlers. Before you board, look for other great perks, like family lounges or areas where kids can burn off steam during layovers. Some airlines usually call for special boarding for families so they can board a little early, so you’ll have time to settle in.
Travel insurance is just a safety net in case something goes wrong. Even though we pray never to use it when traveling with our children, insurance will give you peace of mind knowing your children will be covered if they fall ill or have an accident.
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For most people, their health insurance at work does not cover them abroad. If you fall in this category, travel insurance should be the most important thing on your list. You must understand your insurance options and choose the right plan for you and your family. Insurance is very important when traveling with toddlers because it can save you a lot of money if something happens and you need medical treatment.
Make a packing list.
When planning a vacation, it’s important to consider the comfort of your toddlers since they’ll be doing a lot of walking. So, make a packing list of items like clothes, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, hats, snacks, toys, etc.
Here are some things that should be on your packing list.
- Travel stroller: If you are flying with a toddler, purchase a travel stroller that can be folded into the overhead compartment. This made it incredibly easy to pack for long flights.
- Sanitizer, wipes, pull-ups, and diapers: You are recommended to carry one diaper per hour if you are unsure how many to carry. These items should be within your reach at all times during your travels.
- Electronic devices: Don’t forget to include their devices (iPad or phone) on the travel list. Make sure that these devices are fully charged and pre-loaded with their favorite movies or shows for offline viewing.
- Plastic bags: Try packing a few extra bags because you might need them for wet clothes, dirty diapers, or trash.
- Healthy and mess-free snacks: Always consider packing a mix of healthy and fun snacks that are relatively mess-free to keep your bellies full. Crackers, string cheese, etc., are a good option.
- A toddler car seat: You should ask the travel agency if your host city allows it because this will only be necessary if you are traveling to a destination that requires car seats for infants in taxis or shuttles.
- Baby carrier: This is another essential item for a long journey with a toddler. Baby carriers allow you to put your baby down for a nap in the airplane seat, in the aisle, at a museum, or even a park.
- Changing pad: Airplanes are not always the most accommodating when changing toddlers, so add a small foldable changing pad to your packing list when traveling with your toddler.
Hit the bathroom before boarding.
If you are not sensitive about your toddlers, they will embarrass you on the flight. Some of these kids will not tell you they are pressed until the plane takes off. This can create an uncomfortable choice with a glaring flight attendant. To find out when your flight starts boarding and use the restroom 15 minutes before then to avoid this scenario.
Get an aisle seat or a window seat.
If you consider the aisle seats a dangerous idea because it gives them a little too much freedom of movement, then you can opt for the window seat, which offers the benefit of a view and puts your toddler in a tight position where they can not run around. When you pay attention to minor details like this, I can guarantee you will have a peaceful vacation with your toddler.
Get a hotel with kid-friendly amenities.
Although most hotels are not childproofed, sometimes that’s not such an issue because it will only take a few minutes to childproof a hotel room. Remember to ensure the windows are locked, especially if you’re above the first floor. However, when booking a hotel, always ask the travel agency to look for one with kid-friendly amenities like a pool, playground, or kids’ club.
Traveling itself is fun. It provides easy access to various destination possibilities and should not be avoided just because of the few challenges of traveling with toddlers. So go ahead and book that flight and get ready to experience the world anew with your toddlers.