Traveling with kids is something a lot of parents do since it’s a wonderful opportunity to share moments with them in new places. You can show them the world and teach them to appreciate adventure by exploring new ways of life and cultures.
The younger your children are, however, the more challenging it can be if you aren’t prepared. It’s important that in order for you to enjoy your trip and for them to make the most out of it as well, that you know the right tips.
Here are some of the best tips to make traveling with your toddler go as smoothly as possible.
Let Them Run Around Before Your Board
Your toddler is full of boundless energy and curiosity about most things. They are anxious to explore and run in ten different directions. Since an airplane is an enclosed space, it’s likely one of the worst possible places to imagine an active toddler. However, if you take the right steps to make sure they get their energy out before you get on the plane, then you’ll be less likely to find yourself with a young child tearing the walls of the airplane off.
Try to let them run around in the terminal as much as possible before boarding. Ideally, you’ll have part of your family to look after your luggage while you keep an eye on your little one running around.
Bring a Stroller
Most airlines won’t count a stroller as part of your allowed cabin baggage. You can bring your personal item, a cabin bag, and check the stroller at the gate. When you get off of the plane, it will be waiting for you, which is extremely handy.
You never know what kind of a mood your toddler will be in by the time you finally land, so having a stroller there to strap them in and get yourself out of the airport without having to chase after them is good for everyone.
Bring An Activity Bag
Your toddler will need to be entertained throughout the flight. It’s ideal to keep an activity bag on hand which is full of all sorts of fun options to keep their attention.
Some parents recommend having a new activity that you can pull out every 30-60 minutes since their attention fizzles out after a while.
Pack a Change Of Clothes
It’s essential that you pack a change of clothes for not only your child but yourself. You never know what kind of a spill or mess can be made when you’re in a small space for several hours.
The last thing you want to have to do is endure the rest of the flight covered in a mess.