10 Tips For Traveling With A Toddler
Anyone thinking of going on a trip with a young kid should familiarize themselves with these 10 tips for traveling with a toddler. Family vacations can be fun with young kids but if you are unprepared they can also be a nightmare.
- Snacks. Kids get hungry and often times trips take longer than planned due to flight delays, slow trains or traffic on roads. Do not let your kid go into hunger induced hysterics by remembering that traveling with a toddler requires plenty of packed snacks.
- Diapers. Just because you can hold your bladder for ten hours in a car it doesn't mean that your toddler can. Toddlers get nasty rashes when they sit in wet diapers for too long and time flies when you are traveling so do not forget to check the diaper every so often.
- Favorite Toy. Every toddler has a favorite toy and an important tip for traveling with toddlers is remembering to bring that toy with you. Your trip will go downhill pretty quickly if your kid suddenly demands a toy that is stuck back at your house.
- Blanket. Most if not all toddlers have a favorite blanket. Whether your kids blanket is one that actually serves its original purpose or if it is a fragment of the original that they grasp while sucking their thumb it will make your life easier if you bring it on your trip.
- Music. Everyone likes to listen to their favorite music while driving but your toddler may not share your love of "Nirvana" so bring some music they will like. Nursery rhymes may drive you insane but when traveling with a toddler anything is better than a bored kids screams.
- Pacifier. Lots of parents do not let their kids use pacifiers when they are toddlers but if you plan to fly then the pacifier comes in handy. The sucking action helps their ears pop and if not a pacifier then a bottled drink will do the trick to prevent the altitude from causing ear ache.
- Car Seat. Do not forget to bring your car seat. A great tip for traveling with toddlers is to bring a car seat on your plane or train. It is easy to forget by airplane seats are not designed for tiny children.
- Medicine. Bring whatever kind of medicine your kid may need. Stomach soothing medicine or Tylenol can be hard to find at road side stops and if you are flying overseas even harder to locate. When traveling with a toddler prepare for illness striking before it does.
- Books. Books keep kids entertained during long journeys. If you toddler likes a story at bedtime then bring a book that you like to read and that is durable enough to survive a road trip in their hands.
- Sleep. The last tip for traveling with toddlers concerns sleep. Adults can function when running on empty if they are having a good time but toddlers need lots of sleep. Do not keep you youngster up all night unless you do not mind have a crying monster the following day.
Posted on: Oct. 23, 2010