Whether you are traveling by car or plane, here are some of my toddler-friendly traveling tips that will help make your journey a smooth one.
1. Pack snacks and toys, lots of them. Usually a week before the trip, I hide my toddler’s favorite toys away in the suitcase so that they will be like new to him on the trip. When road tripping it, I like using a shoe hanger as a car organizer for snacks, art supplies and activities. A $1 baking sheet can be used as an activity tray.
2. Try traveling during bedtime. Go through your entire bedtime routine, pj’s and all, before heading out the door. Hopefully your little one will just sleep during the journey. If your child can fall asleep in the car, this might just work for you. This worked well for my son when he was younger, but my daughter is another story. You know your child best.
3. Cushion in some extra time. Traveling with a toddler is a lot of work and it helps to build in an extra hour into your schedule so you aren’t rushed. Make sure to stop for stretch breaks if you are traveling by car. I always like to let my toddler run around (with supervision, of course) in the airport before the flight takes off to help burn off some energy.
4. Keep to your toddler’s schedule, for the most part. Kids do better when they know what to expect, especially in a foreign environment. We try to keep to some sort of routine during vacations, when possible, and it always helps lessen tantrums and fussiness.
5. Expect the worst and just go with the flow. Your child had a massive temper tantrum on the airplane? Who cares, you’ll probably never have to see your fellow passengers again. Your child spilled apple juice all over the backseat of your car? Who cares, you can get a car wash at your destination. Lower your expectations and you’ll be a much more relaxed mom, in turn making your kiddo much more relaxed.
What are your toddler travel tips?