When it’s time to pack for a trip, it’s easy to want to bring anything and everything. Add a toddler to the mix and that list just seems endless. Here are our 7 must-haves when traveling with a toddler to make the experience a little more relaxing!
1. Snacks, Snacks, Snacks - A hungry toddler is never fun. Be prepared with all the snacks. Pretzels, fruit pouches, yogurts, Goldfish and crackers travel really well. Put them in reusable bags to take up as little space as possible and then you can use again when you get to your destination.
2. Entertainment - Pack a toddler-size backpack that he can carry in the airport filled with favorites: favorite toys, games, books, stickers, anything that will be easy to carry, small enough to use a plane but big enough to not get lost. If you’re pro screen time (and who isn’t, especially on an airplane), load up your phone or tablet with favorite shows and movies so you don’t have to wait to use WiFi and pack toddler-safe headphones.
3. Comfort items - Whatever that item is that helps calm down your toddler, bring it! For my guy, it’s a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal and Sophie the Giraffe. These help especially in the car as something for him to hold and then for something to cuddle while sleeping.
4. Travel sleep essentials - You never know what the sleeping situation will be at an AirBnB or a hotel so bringing some travel black out shades will help for naps to keep the room as dark as possible. If your child needs the white noise machine, bring that along, too. Keep the sleep routine like home so your toddler knows what to expect.
5. Clothes for any weather - Weather is so unpredictable, packing clothes for any situation is a good idea so you don’t get caught in the rain without something waterproof. Pack a swimsuit in case the hotel has a pool, a light jacket for cold nights and enough pajamas for each night.
6. Travel stroller and carrier - Depending on how your toddler likes to travel, be sure to pack a stroller and/or a carrier. Of course, it depends on your destination but a stroller is great for city visits and restaurant sleeping and a carrier makes hikes and beach walks easier.
7. Medicine cabinet - Sickness can hit at any time & it’s best to be prepared so you don’t have to run out at all hours of the night or navigate a foreign drug store. Pack your pain relief medicine, hand sanitizer, wipes, cough medicine, antibiotic ointment and anti itch cream are all good things to have with you!
That’s it! Toddler travel is definitely more challenging but it’s no reason to stay home. Being prepared will ease everyone’s minds and then you’ll be able to enjoy your vacation!