Some parents will tell you that traveling with toddlers is a nightmare. They’ll warn you never to do it. The real problem is that these parents weren’t prepared. You need to understand that traveling with a toddler can be done, but there are some tricks you’ll need to use. Whether it’s making sure your toddler is comfortable or remembering to plan around naptime, you’ll love these hacks for traveling with toddlers.
Bring a Pillow and Blanket
First things first. You want to make sure your toddler is able to be comfortable. If you’re taking an early morning or late-night flight, your toddler can become cranky from lack of sleep. Bring a comfy pillow and blanket so that your toddler can comfortably take a nap. Even if you’re traveling by car, these items can help your child feel more comfortable and secure.
Create a Play Pack
Another great tip is to create a “play pack” or what we call “baby travel toy kit” for your child to enjoy while traveling. If you’re going by car, cut an over-the-door shoe rack to fit on the back of your seat. You can then put a fun toy or activity into each slot. At different times throughout the trip, open a new slot to reveal a surprise.
Turn a Tackle or Craft Box into a Fun Snack Center
You can find a single-layer craft or tackle boxes that have slots. These are perfect for putting little snacks into. You can set something different in each slot. Your toddler will love this. It’s just a fun, new way to serve something yummy.
Plan Around Naptime
One of the best hacks for traveling with toddlers is to plan your day around naptime. In other words, prepare some activities for the morning and then come back to your hotel room for lunch and naptime. You can then head back out. This will help prevent meltdowns.
Pack Some Goodie Bags
If you want to help keep your toddler well behaved while traveling, make up some goodie bags. Grab some brown paper lunch bags and put fun toys, candy, stickers, etc. in them. Each day your toddler is well-behaved, they get a goodie bag.
Turn a Cookie Sheet into a Puzzle Board
Last, but not least, another fun way to keep toddlers occupied while traveling is to make a puzzle board. All you need is a cookie sheet from your local Dollar Tree, craft sticks, magnets, glue sticks, and pictures from magazines. Line up some craft sticks to be large enough for the image you’re using and then glue the photo to the sticks. Once dry, cut the sticks apart, and glue magnets on the back of each stick. You can then put the pieces in a zip top bag to keep up with them. Your child will then use the board to arrange the puzzle pieces. Make as many of these as you want to keep your toddler busy.
Traveling with toddlers doesn’t have to be a nightmare. You just have to remember to keep your child comfortable and entertained. Above all, don’t skip naptime.