Traveling on its own can be a very daunting task, traveling with a toddler is a whole different monster! Here are 5 tips for traveling with a toddler. These are just ideas that I came across after our last family vacation.
5 Tips for Traveling with a Toddler
- Patience is a necessity. Now this probably shouldn’t need to be said, but everyone has their breaking point. You have to remember that your toddler is in a whole new place and is trying to readjust to their surroundings. Emotions may be everywhere (moreso than usual) and patience will be a virtue.
- Entertainment is a must. Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile, your toddler needs to stay occupied. This can be electronic or non-electronic entertainment, whatever works in your family. A mixture of both could be a good option.
- Nap becomes optional. Try not to stress about your little one laying down for a nap at a certain time, see my first tip above. My toddler actually took a nap on his own during one of the days we were on vacation, can’t beat that! Just know that the excitement of traveling and being in a different placekeeps them going nonstop, even more than at home.
- Snacks are needed for everyone. In order to deal with life in general, snacks should be had. It will keep everyone in a better mood because you don’t want anyone to be hangry on your trip. A snack will occupy your toddler for a little while and satisfy the rest of the family as well.
- Have Fun and try not to stress too much. At the end of the day, traveling is supposed to be fun and if you are worrying and stressing, it takes all the fun out of the trip. Try and take it easy, if you don’t have to be on a schedule, don’t be! Let the day take you on an adventure!