Travelling with young children, can be, shall we say, challenging. With a little advance planning, you can still enjoy exploring the world with your children in tow. Here are four tips to help make the travel process go more smoothly when on the go with infants and toddlers:
When traveling with young children, you never want to be caught empty-handed when it comes to snacks. The last thing you want is a meltdown because you forgot to bring critical sustenance. Be sure that your food will withstand the rigors of travel. Good portable snack choices include granola, fruit and veggie squeeze pouches, apples, and trail mix. Always be sure to pack more than you think you might need in the event that you end up with unexpected delays.
Traveling is no excuse to give up on your potty-training regimen. While you’d probably love to take a break and enjoy the vacation, consistency is key during this critical phase of a toddler’s life. Packing along extra changes of clothes, trash bags, and wipes will help to make the process easier and more convenient. Be mindful of the clothing choices you make, since clothes that are easy to slip on and off can make all the difference when you’re out and about or in a rush.
We have all heard the warnings about the danger of too much screen time for young children. However, traveling is a time when you want to give yourself a little slack when it comes to breaking out the technology. Handheld personal devices can soothe a cranky toddler on a long car ride or an airplane flight. As long as you use caution with the apps that you use, now is the time to harness the power of technology to make for a smoother trip.
Stick to Nap Schedules
While it can be challenging to stick to your regular routine when out and about, naptimes are the one element of your schedule that you do not want to ignore. A cranky child will ruin even the best-laid travel plans. Do not count on your child falling asleep on an airplane. The excitement of travel might be too stimulating. Instead, choose travel itineraries that maximize nap availability.
Although you may not be able to pack up and go spontaneously, you can still enjoy a lifestyle that places an emphasis on travel and seeing the world. The right planning and execution will ensure that the plans go as smoothly as possible.
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