Traveling with young children can be very exciting but it can also get really stressful. With me being the Mom of a 1 year old and a 4 year old, we always have to prep accordingly to make sure the kids are as comfortable as possible during our travels so that we can ensure it is a pleasant experience for all.
With all of these trips we currently have planned for the remainder of this year, I have to make sure that I stay on top of my “Travel Prep Checklist” and the following tips are sure to be on it. Here is a list of excellent travel tips for young children. Enjoy.
- Bring a backpack filled with toys or other items to keep the kids entertained during your travels. My 4 year old is fine with just a tablet and a coloring book and crayons while my 1 year old needs a variety of “travel-safe” toys as she quickly gets bored with just one.
- Make sure you’re stocked up on diapers and wipes. If you have a baby, make sure you have bottles prepared as well. You can pack these things in their own little backpack.
- Always make sure you have a carry-on bag filled with all of your essentials including a change of clothes for the kids.
- Don’t try out any new medications on your child prior to traveling. The last thing you need is for your child to have a bad reaction to a new medication in the middle of your vacation or while on a plane.
- If possible, try to sit at the back of the plane as there is typically more storage space at the back. You are also closer to the bathroom and will create less of a disturbance to other passengers if you constantly have to get out of your seat. It is also easier to get help from flight attendants at the back of the plane.
- Make sure you have a stroller or two handy to move the kids around with ease and not wear out their little legs with tons of walking.
- During layovers or while waiting for your flight, let the kids play, stretch out, and just burn some of that energy before they board the plane. Forcing them to sit still while waiting for the plane, will only make them feel even more antsy and restless while actually sitting on the plane.
- Prior to boarding, make sure everyone uses the bathroom and all diapers are changed.
- Make sure each child has a “snack pack” labeled with their name. Try to pack snacks that aren’t sticky or super crumbly. Also, make sure they have a juice box or spill-proof cups of water.
- Make sure you have a good baby carrier so that when it comes time to board, you can quickly and easily fold up the stroller, grab your things, and board with ease.
- Plan out different activities for your child during the duration of your flight/train or car ride.
- Make sure you have some movies ready to go for your little ones. This is a great way to keep them entertained for a good portion of the trip. You can utilize apps such as Netflix on your mobile device to stream a film or you can go with a portable DVD player (although bulky and less convenient).
- Give your child small treats or gifts such as stickers or a lollipop for good behavior throughout the trip as positive reinforcement.
- Make sure you have a pillow and a blanket to help make the trip more comfortable.
- Make sure babies have a bottle or pacifier to suck on to help battle air pressure and painful ears. For older kids, you can try sugar-free lollipops.
These are just a few traveling tips for young children. I hope this list helps make your travels with your little ones a very enjoyable experience. Do you have any other great travel tips that you have tried? Please feel free to share in the comments. Happy Parenting!
P.S: Don’t forget to utilize your Travel Essentials Packing List when preparing for your upcoming trips!
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