Ok guys, traveling with toddlers can be tough. We travel quite a bit, by air and in the car. We have come up with a couple of tips that work in the car and on the plane.
- Bring Snacks. This not the time to cut back on your kids snack eating. Bring all of the snacks that your toddler loves with you in your purse or carry on. Traveling with toddlers can be a nightmare if you do not have the right snacks to distract them. Our favorites are: animal crackers, fruit snacks, mixed nuts or trail mix and cookies. Eating will help to calm their nerves and keep them distracted for a while.
- Bring their favorite books and stuffed animals with them. This was really key for us when we started traveling with toddlers. It is all about distractions, we have the snacks and now we have some quiet entertainment. Our girl will spend the better part of an hour looking through her books and even better if you brought some crayons and a coloring book too. Stuffed animals are great if they actually decide to get some sleep because they obviously will provide comfort.
- Bring an IPad or some sort of hand-held electronic. This is our last resort while traveling with our 2.5 year old. If all else fails I know that I can get her to sit for a decent amount of time on the IPad while watching a movie that we downloaded for her. It is even better if she is watching a movie and eating a snack. We have made it through 4 hour flight this way with barely any problems.
Those are my top 3 tips for traveling with toddlers. We travel at least once a month so this really has become second nature for us. What are some tips that work for you?