Traveling kids week continues. Yesterday was baby travel tips and today is about toddlers travel, perhaps the most challenging stage of all!
Amy Whitley of Pit Stops for Kids
When it comes to this age category, less is never more. In other words, the more distractions you have at your fingertips, the better your trip will be. We always pack a large canvas bag full of cheap thrills: dollar store stickers and toys, coloring books, Wikki Stix, plastic animals and bugs, and snacks. If these inexpensive toys drop under the seat or get left behind at a restaurant, no worries (you have another stash for the return trip!). And don’t forget to make frequent pit stops to keep your little one from getting too squirmy!
Jody of Family Rambling
Always bring along an extra outfit or two. Kids clothes don’t take up much room and you’ll be glad you did! Also, if our trip involves an overnight stay in a hotel I pack a “hotel suitcase” that contains what we need for that night so I don’t have to unpack all our trip clothes and repack the next morning.
Jen of The Vacation Gals
The Vacation Gals recommend that families who travel by air buy or rent a CARES airplane child harness for their toddlers. Significantly less bulky than a car seat, the CARES (it stands for Child Aviation Restraint System) child harness is easy to pack and unpack from carry on luggage. It weighs less than a pound and is really easy to use.
It’s also a safe alternative to the potential dangers of turbulence for a lap child.For families that need to bring a car seat for their trip, consider checking it at the airport (to save the annoyance of lugging it from check in counter to gate) or renting one at the vacation destination. No one likes to ruminate on the things that can go wrong in-flight during a vacation. Investing in a airplane child harness like CARES assures one less thing to worry about.
Garima of Mommy in Making
Eat smaller meals, snacks, are okay. They will not be on a schedule on vacation so just ensure to keep them well fed! Try flights and drives around nap times – this will result in less cranky time.
Tésa of 2 Wired 2 Tired
We always bring our Leapfrog Tag pens for our road trips. My two preschoolers love listening to the stories and playing games provided in the Leapfrog books and pens. Not only are they having fun, but it’s educational too!
When traveling on the road with preschoolers I stop at the local library before we leave. I try to make this stop alone, so the books I pick out for the kids will be a surprise on the road and help them pass the time.
When our road trip seems to be dragging and my two preschoolers are getting restless, I will swing into McDonald’s to pick up some Apple Dippers. The change of pace and scenery, as well as having something new to munch on always seems to help us get through the last leg of our trip.
Adriana, Mom of Dorian age 2
My secret weapon is a portable DVD player with his favorite movie. Even if I forget his favorite toy, with the DVD player everything is right in the world.
Carin, Mom of Rex age 4
Pack a back pack with activities and toys (dollar store) and snacks. Wrap things individually so they spend time opening too. Do not open until you are on the plane.
Eunice of Random Walk Down Mommy Street
– Pack a new book or activity book that they can get into on the plane.
– Consider traveling in pajamas for long plane rides for their comfort.
– DVD player/laptop/ipod with their favorite shows or maybe even a new DVD.
– For road trips-take a portable potty with you since you don’t know when they will have to go and the nearest exit might be 40 miles away.
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