If you love to travel, don’t think you must give up your favorite activity just because you have a child. Traveling with toddlers is a whole new adventure you’ve never been on before, but it’s truly a magical experience, especially if you know how to prepare for your trip. Here are a few most useful tips for traveling overseas with a toddler.
Prepare for flights
While occasional travelers think flying is fun, those who do it often know better. You can get long flight delays, you can forget your documents or lose your luggage. And if you add a small kid to the mix, the list of things that can go wrong gets even longer. However, if you plan and pack smart, you can have a smooth flight. Start by booking your tickets: ensure the flight schedule fits your toddler’s daily routine and that you’re all seated together. Try to avoid red-eye flights because your crying or hyperactive toddler can really ruin everyone’s night (people usually use these late-night flights to rest).
Keep in mind the pressure
Pack plenty of water, food, earplugs and pacifiers and get ready for passionate conversations that will keep your toddler’s jaw moving. This will prevent ear pressure pains during takeoff and landing and eliminate meltdowns.
Load up on snacks
Sure, toys might work well, but if you want to keep your child truly busy during a long flight, load up on fruit, veggies, dry snacks, biscuits and food pouches. If you know your toddler falls into a food coma as soon as they eat, that’s great! In case your toddler gets fussy, just get up and walk around a little. Oftentimes, just a few minutes of plane action is enough to distract them and get them to calm down.
Pick the right destination
Let’s say you’re traveling overseas to South East Asia. While all destinations there are wonderful for tourists, they are not ideal for toddlers. There are cars and vans without seat belts, overcrowded streets and unsafe accommodation. So, make sure to find a destination that’s a little less stressful like Australia. This country is super safe, interesting and perfect for road trips. As soon as you land, you can check out car hire in Perth airport and grab a vehicle that will give you all the freedom to explore the country at your own pace. If you follow the coast, you can hit all the biggest cities and have a real family adventure without any worry that you’ll miss flights and buses or disturb other passengers.
Hotels might be practical for adults and older kids, but toddlers need more space, a fridge for snacks and milk and a chance to eat a few homemade meals. Plus, Airbnb apartments have other benefits like price, so it’s a win-win!
Travel with other families
If you know your friends or family have a toddler of a similar age, see whether they want to join you on your trip. This way, you can leave your kid with them for a few nights and catch a break with your partner (you’ll need to return the favor, though). No matter if only for a few hours, you’ll appreciate the break and some alone time with your loved one.
Meet the locals
Traveling with toddlers is a real treat, especially if you love to explore and meet new people. Kids are excellent ice-breakers and they will actively seek out people to interact with. If left to their own devices, they will roam the streets in search of new friends and come across many other kids ready to socialize. Get ready to meet other families with kids and you can not only make new friends but also get great local recommendations, insight and tips concerning the area.
Use your privileges
While traveling with toddlers has its cons, pros are much better! At some airports, trains stations and similar you can expect to get slightly better treatment than other passengers just because you have a small kid. There are often security lines reserved for families and many airlines allow pre-boarding, especially on oversea flights. In some places, you can even get a special passport window, get rushed to the front of the line and receive other special accommodations. When you arrive, make sure to use your other privileges like getting seated first, getting a room first and so on. There’s no shame in that!
With some smart decisions and plenty of snacks and diapers, you can travel the world with your toddler. So, don’t stress and go bake some cookies for your next family travel adventure!