Traveling with a toddler can be a rewarding (and exhausting) experience.While it may seem daunting at first, with proper planning and a little bit of flexibility, you can create unforgettable memories. Now ttthat we have a couple trips under our belt, I’m going to share some valuable tips and tricks (like the best travel car seat) to make traveling with a toddler a breeze.
One of the keys to a successful trip with a toddler is planning. Research your destination thoroughly and identify family-friendly attractions, accommodations, and dining options. Most hotels are very family friendly just check for the obvious. (For instance, be sure your boutique hotel isn’t a party hotel, etc.) Make a list of essential items you need to pack and create a flexible itinerary, allowing for downtime and naps.
***BUT realize your toddler may not nap. To help that people SWEAR by this sleep pod.***
Accommodations When Traveling With A Toddler
Selecting the right accommodation is crucial when traveling with a toddler. Opt for spacious rooms or suites that provide a separate sleeping area for your child. Look for hotels or rentals that offer amenities such as a kitchenette, a crib, or a play area. We’re packing this inflatable mattress for our upcoming Hawaii trip.
(Most people love this one by Stokke but we were worried about it being too small for our surprisingly TALL toddler.)
Best travel car seat
We LOVE the Wayb Pico car seat. It’s a foldable car seat that works from age 2 to 5. You can also buy a backpack for it which makes it even easier to travel with. We love how easy it is to install in a Uber/taxi and that you can fold it up and take into a restaurant. I can’t say enough good things about it. It is on the expensive side but soooo worth it, especially if intend to travel a lot. (And when at home, it’s great to have an extra car seat just in case.)
Bring essentials like extra clothes, diapers, wipes, and toiletries. Don’t forget comfort items, such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal, to help your child feel secure in unfamiliar surroundings. Pack some snacks, books, toys, and a tablet or portable entertainment device to keep your little one occupied during long journeys. And with it being summer don’t forget the sunblock and sunglasses. (These are polarized and unbreakable!)
Be Flexible (And Pack Snacks)
While it’s essential to have an itinerary, be prepared to adapt and be flexible when traveling with a toddler. They thrive on routine, so try to maintain regular nap and meal times when possible. A happy and well-rested toddler will make the trip more enjoyable… for everyone!
And always have snacks! Below are some or our favorites along with fresh fruit or carrots…
Engage and Entertain
Toddlers are curious by nature and crave stimulation. Sing songs, play “I Spy,” or bring along coloring books and sticker books. (We love these.) If possible, schedule visits to child-friendly attractions, such as zoos, aquariums, or interactive museums. But let’s be honest, everything is interesting to a toddler! Let them explore… safely, of course!
Always keep a close eye on your child at all times, especially in crowded places. I love this backpack because it comes with a “leash” that you can hook to the backpack. We don’t use it all the time but it’s VERY helpful in crowded areas especially if you have a toddler who loves to RUN. See other similar ones below…
Take Advantage of Technology (iPad!!)
In this digital age, technology can be a lifesaver when traveling with a toddler. Load your smartphone or tablet with their favorite episodes and games to keep your child entertained during long journeys or when waiting in line. It saved us when stuck in Houston traffic recently.
Embrace the adventure and watch your toddler’s eyes light up as they discover the wonders of the world. Happy travels!
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