Summer is well underway. Temperatures are high, the AC is even higher and your readers are ready to hit the road. Whether you are piling in the car for a road trip or jetting off to a foreign land, TLC Family has tips to keep kids happy and parents sane on vacation this year. Are you traveling with an infant? Are you traveling with toddlers? Or are you traveling with children packed entirely in the back of the car? It doesn’t matter! These tips will all will work for you.
Tips for Traveling with a Toddler
Here are a few tips to help you hit the road with ease:
- Give Kids Options – Parents may be in charge, but a little liberty goes a long way, especially when traveling with toddlers. Regardless of how old traveling companions are, it’s helpful to give them the option of visiting the zoo, the museum or the pool or the park.
- Fly in the Morning – Kids can easily get upset and confused when their normal routine changes. To prevent tantrums, it’s best to fly in the morning because kids will feel better following a good night’s rest and earlier flights are less likely to be delayed. Traveling with children that aren’t tired and grumpy = smart!
- Choose Liquids Wisely – Whether traveling by car, plane or train, water is the best drink of choice for several reasons: kids will stay hydrated, they won’t be hopped up on sugar from juice, and if they spill, the mess won’t be sticky. Traveling with an infant means you should always bring extra bottles.
- Schedule Stops – No one enjoys being cooped up in a car for hours on end. Break up car rides by stopping every few hours to stretch legs and get some fresh air. Infants, especially, benefit from the breaks. When it’s time to eat, consider stopping for a picnic instead of trying to track down kid or baby-friendly restaurants. When traveling with a toddler, expect a multitude of stops.
- Sing, Don’t Shout – To avoid yelling over kids when they’re feeling loud and rambunctious, consider singing or reading aloud. Singing works best for the car, where the whole family can join in. Reading aloud quietly together is a great way to pass the time on a plane.
Do you have any tips to share? Would love to hear what you think!