Traveling With Toddlers
Vacations are supposed to be a time to relax and get away from the stress of every day life, but when you’re traveling with a toddler it can feel like quite the opposite. Through my family’s experiences of traveling the world with the kids, we’ve come up with some solutions that have made the whole experience more pleasant for everyone. Here are some tips for tantrum-free traveling:
Whether you’re going on a road trip or traveling by plane, toddlers can turn into total demons if they’re not distracted. As soon as they get bored, the trouble begins. Make sure you bring a good supply of toys- you may have to sacrifice a little space in your carry on but it’ll be more than worth it. We find it’s best to bring a couple new toys to make it a little more novel and keep the kids distracted for longer.
Low blood sugar can be a major tantrum trigger, so have a good supply of snacks to hand at all times. Though sugary treats might make you popular, healthy snacks will lead to more stable blood sugar levels and calm kids. Trail mixes, fruit and popcorn are favorites amongst my kids.
Keep The Routine
If you have a good routine going with your kids, don’t abandon it while you’re on the move. If jetlag is involved then bedtime will obviously be a struggle, but try and stick to your evening routine as much as possible. Bring your usual bedtime book, night light and blankets so they feel comfortable and safe.
In the weeks leading up to your trip, try to build up some anticipation and excitement so that your little ones feel good about the experience. Show them pictures of where you’re going so they’ll know what to expect and, if you’re going to be flying, tell them all about airplanes. Makes sure as your journey progresses that you keep them well informed about where you are and what’s going on so they feel secure and involved.