Oh yes, it is that time of year again with spring break trips happening now and with the summer months right around the corner, family vacations are looming! Here are a few tips to hopefully make things a little smoother for you when you end up traveling with a toddler.
7 Tips to make Traveling with Toddlers Easier
- Get Smart. Use Your Smartphone. Now is the time to take advantage of that unlimited data plan that you pay out the ear for. Download 4 or 5 kid-friendly apps that your toddler will love to play and it will keep them occupied on a long trip.
- Pack Snacks. Be prepared with lots of your child’s favorite treats. Attempt to make most of the snacks healthy, so when those “cries” for snacks come, you can oblige without the guilt. Healthy Travel Snacks
- Plan Ahead. Make sure all of your reservations are confirmed and any special requests for your toddler are arranged. Make sure you have enough of your toddler’s medication for the length of the trip. If needed, get your child to the doctor for a refill. Make sure everything is in order and packed up before you head out. This free packing list printable will help you make sure you’ve packed everything!
- Color Time. Here is a super time to put together a coloring and activity book along with crayons for your kids for them to stay a little busy on the road trip. If you are flying, ask the flight attendant for the airline’s kid coloring book because most have them if you ask. Have your kids create a picture about their vacation. Here is a free printable travel journal for kids.
- Videos Galore. Most vehicles come equipped with a DVD player and this feature can be a life saver on any trip, let alone while you are running errands on a typical day around town. Let your toddler pick several of his or her favorites too. For an airplane trip, use your laptop as a mini movie theater and get a child friendly set of earphones and see how many hours you can have your little one entertained. Download free movies from Amazon.
- Trains and Buses. This is a great time to try to take the train or bus if possible for your fun, family vacation. Not only will you be able to enjoy a more relaxing trip, but your young ones will be able to be more entertained by the sights and sounds of the train too. Think of all the special time that everyone can have as you speed along the highway on the bus or speed along the countryside on a train.
- Most importantly, Have Fun! Take tons of pictures and create a family photo album or a video of all of your adventures. Toddlers will always be a handful on any trip, but just try a few of these tips and you never know, things could be just a little bit easier this time around.
Do you have a tip or trick we need to know when it comes to traveling with a toddler? I would love to hear your tip. Leave a comment below!