Travelling with toddlers can be a daunting prospect no matter how many times you have done it before.
Remembering to pack everything, coping with the journey itself, keeping them safe and entertained – it’s little wonder many parents look like they need a holiday when they get home!
Here are a few tips to help you to enjoy your holiday with a toddler in tow…
- Plan for the trip to take longer than normal. When travelling with toddlers it’s best to stop often to allow them to stretch their legs, explore and have a toilet break.
- Pack plenty of wet wipes and hand sanitiser – and keep them both close to hand.
- If your child is toilet training, pull-up nappies are your best bet.
- Pack healthy snacks that they can feed themselves – fruit, breadsticks, crackers, carrot sticks, raisins, pouches, biscuits and cucumber. Keep an eye on them if they are eating in the car to avoid choking.
- A long trip is boring for toddlers, so pack as many small activities as you can such as colouring books, crayons, stickers, puzzles, story books.
- These activities should stay in your bag for when you need to occupy your toddler with something simple on the go – at the beach, a friend’s home or a restaurant.
- Make sure your phone or tablet has plenty of kiddie-friendly apps and/or downloaded films when travelling. There is only so much colouring-in your child can do!
- Being in a strange place can be unsettling for kids without being put with unfamiliar people for hours at a time. Introduce them slowly to strangers, even if they are your own family.
- Put a wristband on your child with your phone number on it, especially when in crowded public places like the beach. No one wants to think about their child getting lost, but if they do, this is a good way for anyone to get in touch with you quickly.
- A first-aid kit is vital for the whole family. Include plasters, antiseptic cream, sunscreen, insect repellent, antihistamine, a thermometer, and pain medication.
- Pack extra outfits for yourself AND your toddler! Toddlers find new and creative ways to destroy their clothing and yours every day.
- Take along one of your own lightweight scarves – not only will the scent of your scarf provide comfort to your toddler, it will also be a great blanket and sunlight shield.
Remember travelling with toddlers is an adventure, not a holiday, but, with enough preparation you can go anywhere!