Every parent knows that there are a few things you should never leave home when you go for a walk with a toddler. And there are a few things when you travel together… Toddlers are special “creatures” because they can be fast as lightning, loud as an ambulance siren, and cry like a baby. That’s why you have to think about everything if you are traveling abroad as a family.
Being prepared and knowing what you’re getting into are two of the biggest things you can do to make family travel go smoothly, but there are lots of little things you can do to make your trip better too. What if he or she gets bored on the plane? What if he or she needs to rest through a long walk? Lots of questions, and lots of stuff. So let’s check out what you should take with you for a peaceful vacation.
1. Something for moving faster
We all know that at the airport there are a lot of things to do. You have luggages, passports, documents, small bags, big bags, etc. The entire procedure to get to the plane is really nerve-racking, but if you have a toddler on your side who is always running away or sitting down in every corner, it can make you crazy. So the best thing is to bring a traveller stroller. It’s a small, compact stroller which is the ideal choice for traveling by plane as it folds into a carry-on size.
If your kid is too big for the stroller, bring a ride-on suitcase which is a fun way of transport. Kids can pack this suitcase for themselves, can play with it or with an attached strap they can pull it. In case they get tired, we can pull them on it.
2. Travel Entertainment
The best travel toys for toddlers are lightweight, mess-free and easily packed into a carry-on bag. A coloring-book, a puzzle or a card game is always a good idea. If you need more ideas, check out our video on YouTube.
3. Favorite sleeping friend
As cool as it is to get some new toys when traveling, too much new all at once can be overwhelming for some kids. If you think your child will be a bit anxious about the trip, be sure to bring along something comforting from home to help them relax. It can be their favorite stuffed animal, favorite storybook, or their go-to items at home. Carrying their favorite teddy bear along for the ride might help them get on that plane without worrying about where it’s going to take them or how they’re going to get there. They can “talk” about the plane, the flight and the new city, so it doesn’t look scary any more.
4. Essential medication
One of the easiest ways to ruin a day of travel or possibly an entire trip is to have a sick family member. It can be even worse if the whole family gets sick. It’s always a good idea to take a few over-the-counter medications your family might need while traveling. What are the most necessary and most useful items in a travel first-aid kit? We collected it in a YouTube video.
Having a few small and easily transportable snacks with you at all times can keep everyone happy until you can refuel. Try to find some healthy snacks at the airport, but it’s not a tragedy if the kids eat some chocolate or ice cream because holidays are special occasions.
Put some snacks into your bags too because you never know when the time between meals will get extended. It could be a delayed flight, unexpected traffic getting to your hotel, or a tour that takes a bit longer than you thought it would.