Your luggage bags are packed and now you’re ready to set off on that much anticipated trip with your beautiful family. But wait, now that your little one has entered toddlerhood, there will be more travel challenges for you. Oh-no..
He’s walking, talking, and has an opinion about pretty much everything..but that doesn’t mean your getaway has to be memorable for all the wrong reasons. No worries! You and your toddler can still have a stress free journey at 30,000 feet with these useful tips.
Without further ado, here are 10 top tips from blogger Erica Weber, who has visited 38 countries with her young daughter.
1. Be prepared for UFOs
Unidentifiable Filthy Objects find their way onto a toddler like aliens to Will Smith. Guard against probes and germs by always having sanitizing wipes within easy reach.
2. Don’t vaccinate and fly
What do diaper blowouts, fevers, and rashes all have in common? They’re all usual side effects of routine vaccinations that you do not want to deal with during a travel day. Book vaccinations no closer than one week to upcoming travel to avoid any issues.
3. Two words about extra outfits: pack them
Think extra outfits are only for infants and award show hosts? Wrong. Toddlers find new and creative ways to destroy their clothing every day, so never forget that extra outfit (or two).
4. Master the art of negotiation
While not paying for your under-2-year-old to fly is great, having to sit with her on your lap is not. Ask every gate agent and flight attendant you meet multiple times if the flight’s full and if they can move people around so your family gets a coveted free open seat. Hell, I’d flirt with the clean-up crew if I thought they had any influence in the matter!
5. Be a Mobile Mama Medical Unit
No, it’s not the next CSI spin-off, it’s the travel first aid kit you pack regardless of destination that covers the whole family, from hangovers (ahem, I mean “adult headaches”) to feverish children. I always carry two during travel: a small carry-on version with travel-sized essentials like Band-Aids, Neosporin, adult Tylenol, etc., and then a slightly larger version that goes in my check-in bag with non-travel sized bottles such as children’s Tylenol, Benadryl, etc.
6. Snacks. Snacks, snacks, snacks…did I mention snacks?
Forget toys, snacks are how you keep a child busy and happy during travel. Fruit, veg, dry snacks, pouches, biscuits, there’s really no end to the snack rainbow that I can pull out of my carry-on at any given moment. Food coma ahead? One can only hope!
7. Book a night flight and carry a big scarf
The combination of a lightweight scarf and an overnight flight is what toddler travel dreams are made of. Use that scarf to block daylight or plane light and book overnight flights whenever possible so they can be tired enough and it be dark enough to sleep.
8. Pack for pressure
Water, food, pacifiers, passionate conversations about your interests… use whatever it is that will get your tot’s jaws moving during takeoff and landing to help with ear pressure discomfort.
9. Jump up, jump up, and get down
Have a mid-flight ants-in-your-toddler’s-pants attack? Don’t hesitate to get up and walk around with him. Sometimes a few minutes in the plane galley or a few trips up and down the aisle is enough to distract, refresh, and avoid an impending meltdown.
10. Divide and conquer
Grab that coveted overhead storage space and keep your kid off the plane for a few extra precious minutes. How? Send your partner with the carry-on luggage ahead of you and wait with your Tasmanian toddler in the gate area to burn off a bit more energy before having to sit down.
(Source: Parents.com )