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Top tips for taking a trip with a toddler

Top tips for taking a trip with a toddler

Written by Nichelle Antoque
Top tips for taking a trip with a toddler

Traveling with a toddler might resemble the scenario of an action movie but, with careful planning, it can actually be an enriching experience. You get to spend quality time with your child whilst exposing them to different cultures and places. Together, you will create memories to cherish for an entire lifetime.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy reading our top tips for taking a trip with a toddler. You will soon realise that not only is such a thing possible but it is actually worth pursuing. Toddlerhood is an amazing stage in a child’s life, with your little one actively exploring their environment, and seeing the world as beautiful as it is.

Don’t forget your  medication kit

In preparing for a trip, think of every medical emergency your toddler might have and prepare accordingly. Organise a tiny medication kit that covers all the bases, such as fever, cold, vomiting, diarrhea, and so on. Add other travel-size essentials, including plasters and antiseptic cream. If your toddler takes any special medication, be sure to add this to your kit as well. When thinking about booking a holiday, take into consideration when your child’s vaccinations are. Ideally, you don’t want to travel too close, as sometimes they can experience a couple of days of feeling unwell after vaccinations and this wouldn’t give you the best start to a holiday.

Wet wipes are a must

Toddlers like touching everything, being a magnet for all sorts of bugs. Of course, you cannot expect them to keep their hands out of reach. So, the key solution is to have an adequate amount of sanitising wipes. These are easy to use, serving the definite purpose of keeping infections at a safe distance, and your toddler healthy.

Bring lots of spare clothes

Toddlers have a special talent when it comes to getting dirty. As they have a natural curiosity, which entices them to explore every inch of their environment. The last thing you would want to happen during a trip is run out of clothes. Pack a few extra outfits for your child and you will definitely not regret it. In fact, you will be happy for having decided to add more clothes for your ever-active toddler.

Bring Entertainment

Traveling with toddlers is actually a really good time to interact with them one on one and have some quality time together, but come prepared.

Pack:

  • Colouring/activity books (especially great for when you go out for meals).
  • Books for reading (familiar books for bedtime can always be good to help them settle).
  • Audiobooks can be great for car journeys when you can’t read with them, make sure you download them prior to traveling so you don’t require internet access to listen to them.
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You will find these items both useful for the traveling part of the holiday but also you may find them useful during the holiday if you want a bit of downtime. Make sure you come prepared with some screen time options, the Toddler Fun Learning app, is ideal as you can download their content so it can be watched when you are offline. (It might even mean you can pick up a book for 20 minutes)

Snacks, you can never have enough!

Whether you plan on traveling by car, plane or other means of transportation, you have to make sure that your toddler has enough snacks. Toddlers get easily bored. Snacks are great for keeping a child busy and entertained. Opt for healthy choices, such as fresh fruits, veggies, and homemade biscuits, rather than sugar-rich products. The latter will fill your toddler with too much energy, causing a discomforting sugar crash afterward.

In conclusion, traveling with toddlers can be a pleasant experience as long as you have prepared properly. You will find once you have done it for the first time you will wonder what all the fuss is about. You will also learn new tricks and tips every time you travel. One important thing to remember is to enjoy every moment as they don’t remain young for very long at all. Make sure you take lots of pics to remind you of the fun you had.

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