Travelling with a Toddler: Prepare These 5 Things
Travelling with a toddler in tow, you are always on your toes. There are a lot of things that can happen when travelling with children. So here’s a list of the things that you need to be prepared to deal with!
You’ll Be Asked to Change a Diaper in the Aeroplane Bathroom
It’s inevitable: at some point during a flight with your toddler, you will be asked to change a diaper in the aeroplane bathroom. You will feel flustered and unprepared, but you will do it anyway because that child needs to have their diaper changed, and there is nowhere else to do it.
The good news is that changing an aeroplane bathroom-sized diaper is not actually so different from changing a normal-sized one. The most important thing is to be prepared by keeping all the supplies you need for this task within easy reach, rather than buried in the bottom of your carry-on where you’ll never find them amidst the other 17 items stored there.
Plan on Packing Snacks and More Snacks
If you’re going to travel tips with a toddler, you should plan on packing snacks and more snacks. How many will depend on the length of your trip—a quick jaunt to the zoo may only require one or two ziplock bags of Cheerios and a baggie of grapes, but an extended drive can require five or six options.
Choose healthy snacks that won’t make a mess (no yoghourt pouches!), are easy to eat (no apples!), and easy to carry with you wherever you go. Try not to let your child snack on too much while in transit, either—you’ll want them to have room for bigger meals at normal meal times.
The Air on an Aeroplane Can Really Dry Out a Baby’s Skin
- Use baby lotion, moisturiser, or moisturising barrier cream.
- Keep the baby hydrated using a bottle or breast milk, if possible.
- Use a humidifier if the hotel room is dry.
- Bring a small bottle of saline to use if the baby has a stuffy nose.
Baby Wipes Are a Secret Weapon When Travelling with Kids
In other words, carry baby wipes with you everywhere. They’re one of the most useful items to have on hand when travelling with kids. Use them for dirty hands, faces and spills. Wipe down the tray table, and armrests before settling into a seat, clean up the armrests of the seat in front of you and wipe down your seat belt.
If there’s no changing table in an aeroplane bathroom (they don’t exist on some regional jets), use a few baby wipes to “clean” things off so that you can lay your child somewhere (preferably not on the floor).
You’ll also find that wet clothes are more comfortable than dry ones while sitting upright for hours at a time. Wetting your child’s shirt will help them cool down—it may even help them sleep better as they relax in their sweat-wicking clothing.
The cooling effect is especially helpful when travelling internationally and dealing with warmer climates or air conditioning is turned too high for comfort. You can dampen a regular t-shirt or purchase special shirts designed to keep kids cool but avoid wetting cotton fabric and wear hiking containing spandex (like those adorable leggings) because it won’t stay damp very long.
You Won’t Lose Anything, but You Might Forget Where You Put It
- Pack an extra bag for each family member.
- Don’t be afraid to ask a stranger to watch your bags while you do something important, like changing a diaper or talking to a travel agency.
- Don’t let your kids have access to your bags. Keep small ones strapped in their car seats and big ones with you on the aeroplane, under lock and key in the hotel room, or with you at all times. If you’re going out for dinner, eat somewhere that has entertainment for kids (like Chuck E. Cheese), so they don’t get bored and try to open the bags or play with the zippers.
- Use a bag-finder app like Find My Phone if you think your luggage might have been lost by an airline or stolen from outside of your hotel room door when you were asleep.
- If you don’t know how to protect your stuff when travelling abroad, the most basic thing you can do is to take a picture of your bag before leaving home—if it ever goes missing while travelling, there will be proof that this was indeed “your” luggage! Always make sure that no one else has access over-time because sometimes people can swap out other peoples’ bags when they’re not looking; always keep an eye on where exactly things should go back into place once they’ve been taken out temporarily (like how my laptop’s power cord always gets tucked underneath itself after being plugged in).
- Be careful about what kind of stuff is protected by security – don’t just throw any old thing into those fenced-off areas where nobody can see inside! Also – don’t forget about those things like cameras or phones which would need their own special attention paid towards keeping them safe too!”
It Is Difficult to Travel with a Toddler but Not Impossible
Travelling with a toddler isn’t easy, but it can be done. If you’re thinking of taking a vacation with your young family, here are some things you might encounter on the road.
- Changes in routine: Travelling often means that your typical daily routine will get bumped around, and this is especially true when travelling with kids. Kids may have to wake up at different times than usual or eat their meals at odd hours—and honestly, it’s going to be weird for everyone involved. But if you keep the following tips in mind, you may have an easier time adjusting to all of these changes:
- Don’t sweat it: Having a sense of humour will help you stay calm as a parent! Good thing, too—you’ll need it!
- Remember that flexibility is key: The more flexible you are as a parent (no matter where you go or what time zone changes happen), the easier life will be for your whole family!
- Have fun: Enjoy yourself on your travels and make the most out of every experience! You won’t regret it—fun is half of the success when it comes to travelling!