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During the summertime, it’s a recurring theme I see over and over… how am I going to manage to travel with my toddler? It’s a legitimate fear – travelling with toddlers isn’t a carefree task.
We have traveled across continents with both of our girls and, while it’s not easy, it is doable with the right preparation. Here are some of my best tips for making your trip as easy on everyone as possible.
This seems simple enough. But in addition to your toddler’s most treasured toys, pack a few new ones. I like to buy them throughout the year when they’re on sale and hide them for future use, but for traveling you can even just grab an assortment of goodies from the dollar store and dole them out at regular intervals. I also like to download a couple new games or videos onto the girls’ LeapPads before long trips. Stickers or band-aids and a piece of paper will also bring plenty of entertainment. Anything new is sure to keep your child entertained.
Get a Good Baby Carrier
Babywearing isn’t just for babies. It’s much easier to toss your toddler onto your back in a baby carrier than it is to drag them across an airport or any other new environment while you’re also lugging baggage. Trust me – you want a good baby carrier.
Pack Plenty of Healthy Snacks
It’s easy to be tempted by the array of easy to grab snack food items at airports and convenience stores. But you’re sure to regret that later. Pack your healthy snacks ahead of time. Your child’s belly and your waistline will thank you for it.
Take Your Probiotics
Did you know that 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract? That’s why it’s important to take your probiotics – and make sure your kids take theirs – so your family has a healthy and balanced digestive system. It’s important year-round, but it’s especially important while you’re traveling. As much as I urge you to pack healthy snacks, I’m sure you’ll indulge at some point (I know I always do), and probiotics help keep your belly healthy and balanced. The brand I’m using for my kids is Culturelle Kids! Packets. In addition to boosting digestive health, which has a positive impact on overall health and immunity, these probiotics help reduce occasional digestive upset – perfect for traveling! I love the packets because I can mix them in their drinks and they have no idea!
Easier said than done, but relaxing is key to maintaining your sanity. Expect that nothing will go as planned – there will always be challenges and hang-ups when travelling with toddlers – so prepare yourself for that. Be sure to leave plenty of extra time in your schedule so you don’t always feel stressed. One of the best decisions we made when traveling from Uruguay to California (a 24+ hour trip) was to rent a family room in the president’s lounge during our 8-hour layover in Panama. Do whatever you can to make things easier on yourself!
These are my top 5 tips for traveling with toddlers. Do you have any to add?
Disclosure: While I was compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.