7 Practical Tips to Make Traveling With a Toddler Easier
Traveling with toddlers is an adventure, not a vacation. Discover the top tips for traveling with a toddler to make things easier here.
20:16 29 April 2020
We've all seen the 'struggling parent' at some point at the airport. Look for two screaming children with mismatched clothes and the parents with the thousand-yard stare.
Whether you are traveling locally or are head to the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park in Kuala Lumpur, you need to be ready.
Avoid that by checking out our guide on how to travel with a toddler.
- Have a Plan A and a Plan B
Of course, you want to plan ahead. We recommend making a checklist of everything you need to bring.
You and your toddler traveling with a lot of luggage? Double and triple check everything before leaving.
- Ask For Perks
The squeaky wheel gets the oil. Before leaving, call the hotel and the airline to see if you can get any special accommodations.
- The Right Bag(s)
There is nothing worse than desperately scrummaging through a tote bag for that missing lego piece at the bottom somewhere.
Invest in some proper backpacks and other travel gear.
- Meals on Wheels
Snacks are a parent's best friend. If your toddler is upset, needs to be distracted, or, well, hungry, you are going to want to have a few snacks on deck.
And by a few snacks, we mean a whole lot of snacks. Make sure to bring a variety of things they like in case they get picky.
Of course, you want to give your kids nothing but the best. But it doesn't hurt to have some tasty treats in case you really need a minute and they won't leave you alone.
Did your smart-alec sister send you an article about the dangers of screen time, saying that, when she has kids, she will never let them touch a phone?
Nothing in excess is good but you should bring something to distract them. They get painfully bored. Internation travel with a toddler might take many hours so be ready.
- How To Stop a Baby From Crying on the Plane
You can't. Babies will cry after a while. That's what they do.
Whatever you do, don't feel bad about other people getting bothered. You might get a dirty look from some hung-over Spring Breakers but mature people will understand.
Of all the tips for flying with a toddler, having patience and a sense of humor is the most important.
- Dealing With Pressure Changes
That being said, the pressure changes that occur during landing and extremely uncomfortable and painful. For small children who can understand why it's happening, this can be very scary.
A Valsalva maneuver is difficult for a child to perform. Instead, offer them snacks or drinks.
Going From A to B with a Baby
Just because you have a baby or a small toddler, it doesn't mean you can't do any of the things you love.
Sure, your life is going to change but you can adapt. Hopefully, you'll be able to apply these tips for traveling with a toddler on your next trip.
Go on that dream trip and bring the kids, too! Check out the blog for more travel tips.