Oh, no! You need to travel with a toddler! No worries, I got you covered! This handy guide with some quick and easy tips for traveling with a toddler by plane or car, plus a couple of bonus tips will help you arrive safely and sanely wherever you may travel. These the three tips for traveling with a toddler will help to make the journey a bit smoother for all parties.
Bonus tip before I share the details: first off, breathe. It is not as hard as you think, I promise.
Three Tips for Traveling with a Toddler
Snacks! Have a lot of them! As simple as that but a key thing to remember is mess-level. Pouches are great for airplanes during takeoff and landing to help with the changes in cabin pressure. Snack mixes in homemade or store-bought containers are a handy and quick option during the flight. My daughter’s personal favorite is what she calls snack mix:
- animal crackers
- goldfish or cheddar bunnies
- dried fruit, such as raisins
If you are going the homemade route using a reusable plastic sandwich meat container, it keeps things from getting crushed.
Activities! I create my own toddler activity bags for every trip. They do not have to be fancy or expensive, but they do need to have “new” to the toddler things in them. Click here to access an article with a step-by-step guide. Word of advice, always count how many crayons you dole out and get returned, nobody has time for a melted crayon.
Take breaks! Yes, the trip will feel like it is taking forever but your sanity and their sanity depends on it. If you trip involves plane travel, a walk to the back of the plane to visit the flight attendants is a great break from sitting in the row for hours. Traveling in the car, bring along a ball to play a quick game of catch or soccer when you stop to hit up the bathroom.
One more bonus tip!
Ask for help or take the offers of help! You do not have to be Super Mom (or Dad). If you stranger-danger radar dings, politely decline, otherwise if that adorable old woman who says she has five hundred grandchildren wants to play peek-a-boo with your kid, do it! That nice man who offers to put your bag in the overhead, say “yes, please and thank you!”
Want to share travel woes? Please feel free to contact me, I am sure we can trade funny/horrible toddler travel stories.