Taking your toddler on a trip presents its own unique challenges. Traveling with a toddler means taking them away from their comfort zone at home. You may be messing up their schedule. The added worry of your child getting sick or something else happening to them may have your head reeling.
- You should plan ahead for everything, including methods of payment. If you need a new credit card for your trip, it would be wise to make credit card comparisons months in advance, instead of trying to apply for them at the last minute.
- Bring snacks that don’t make a mess. This will help you keep your child on their regular eating schedule.
- Plan games to play with your child. This is one of the ways to make the holiday season happier while traveling.
- When using public bathrooms, make sure that your child thoroughly washes their hands. Stand there with them and have them recite their ABCs. It should take about 30 seconds. After drying their hands you can follow up with a little bit of hand sanitizer.
Carefully weigh the options of feeding your child foreign food. They may not have a positive reaction to it, especially if they’ve never had it before.
Tips for Travelling by Plane or Going on a Cruise:
- Make sure you leave with more than enough time to spare. Take into account emergencies and unforeseen situations. For example, your child may want to buy something from a store in the airport. Or traffic may be worse than you thought. Leave at least 3-4 hours early.
- You probably won’t have enough hands for all of the documentation you’ll have to present at an airport. Pack your papers beforehand, and keep them handy in a small pack with you. This will make it easier for you to get to them.
- Keep a pen with you too. You may have missed something or need to sign something. You never know.
- Depending on how young your child is, you may have to fill out forms (questionnaires) before you actually board your airplane. Check with the airline to see if you can get these forms beforehand. This will save you time, allowing you to get on the plane quicker and get your child situated.
Taking a Driving Trip:
- Being in a confined space may make you realize how little patience you don’t have. Schedule regular stops so that your child can get out of the car and stretch their legs. Make sure that they adhere to their sleeping schedule as closely as possible. If 1 pm is your child’s nap time, do your best to make sure they’re asleep at 1 pm.
- Take some of your child’s favorite toys with you. This will help them feel more comfortable and secure, even in strange surroundings.
You can travel with your toddler and still have a good time. In fact, you may find that if you properly prepare beforehand, both you and your child will enjoy your vacation together.