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10 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers – Part 2

10 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers Welcome back to 10 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers. This is part two in a two-part series. You can find tips 1- 5 here.

My husband just returned from his travels with our little one. He affirmed the helpfulness of these tactics for easing some of the pressures of traveling with toddlers. When you finish reading, please add your tips in the comments section. I am sure there are many more ways to have joyful travels with little ones. 🙂

Keep reading for 6-10 of our tips!

6. Pack a Well Organized Suitcase. In order to make it very easy on my husband as he traveled with our son, I packed each day’s clothes in gallon Ziplock bags. Each day there was a bag for the daytime and a bag for the nighttime with PJs in it. The bags included everything needed so there was no need to hunt around for the items to get ready for the day and when it was time for bed. I labeled each bag with which day it was to be worn, just so I didn’t forget a day. 🙂

10 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

10 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

10 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

7. Choose conveniences (Like a luggage cart!)

Right when we arrived at the airport (at 10:00 pm…for a red-eye flight) my husband made the decision to get a luggage cart to help with transporting their suitcase and two backpacks. And…more importantly, it freed up my husband’s hands to be able to help our son instead of dragging luggage and backpacks through the airport. The lesson for me here was this $5.00 was well spent! It brought order to a potentially chaotic situation.

The other convenience we chose was to bring along many baby food squeeze packets. While we don’t normally give these to our little one when we are at home, for travel, they are great! As adults we can wait a few hours when there isn’t any food available, but as you know…our little ones don’t understanding waiting until it is more convenient. These convenience foods made traveling much easier on our little one.

Traveling with Toddlers - Part 1

8. Rent a car seat from the car rental company.

After flying, my husband rented a car to use for the week. So he didn’t have to drag along our car seat, he rented one for $5.00 from the rental company. This was another sanity saver on their trip. Less to bring along so his hands were free, and very little expense for the convenience.

9. Sippy Cup, Suckers, or Gum

Remember to pack something to help your little one with the air pressure during take off and landing. For those who are still eating from a bottle, those times are great for feeding. The sucking will help to relieve their ears from pressure. For those who are no longer drinking from a bottle, and yet aren’t ready for gum, try a sippy cup or a sucker. This will help with the air pressure build up and distract your little one from the change in pressure.

10. For long flights, fly when your child is going to be sleepy.

Even though flying on a red-eye flight seems crazy, it worked well for our little one. Since it was night-time, he was already tired and didn’t have his normal stored up energy. While he didn’t sleep the whole time, he sure was more restful. He enjoyed the Veggietales on my husband’s iPhone during the flight when he wasn’t sleeping. 🙂

I hope these tips make traveling with your toddler a more pleasurable experience!


2 Responses

  1. What a GREAT idea to put clothes in bags so dad can find what he needs quickly! I will definitely have to remember this when we travel with our little ones 🙂

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  2. Kelly says:

    I don’t have toddlers, but I hope lots of people read your posts! These are great ideas to keep those little ones from being cranky. I always feel so terrible for parents when their babies are unhappy on the plane, not to mention how miserable the poor kiddo must be! Lots of great ideas here to help them out. 🙂


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