Smart Traveler Series: Traveling with Toddlers
During the holiday season, families with young children tend to be anxious about traveling. There is no need to be nervous. Planning is essential. If you plan well and learn some important tricks, traveling with your toddlers will be a breeze.
Pack systematically so that you know where everything is. Passports, tickets and vaccination cards should be within reach or better yet, on hand. There is nothing worse than standing in immigration with young children rummaging through toys, clothes and books to look for your tickets.
You may be tempted to give your children candy to keep them occupied. Don’t do it. The sugar rush will be exhausting to deal with and when they do crash they will be irritable and cranky which is even worse. Pack easy to handle, no mess snacks like sandwiches, carrot sticks, apples, bananas or cereal bars.
Toddlers need to be kept occupied to avoid disturbing the peace of other passengers as well as yours. Plan activities in 15 minute intervals. Puzzles, building blocks, coloring books, portable DVD players or tablets with cartoons loaded onto them are all great ways to keep your kids busy.
Be sure to book your stay well in advance. If you book using Jovago.com you will be able to look through the amenities of the hotel and assess how toddler-friendly it is and whether they can provide roller beds for the children and at what cost. Most hotels are free for children below age 10 and some even offer daycare facilities so that mum and dad can have some grown-up time.
Though it might be quite hard, try as much as possible to keep to the schedule you have at home. That way the child won’t be as agitated as they would if there is a complete change. Nap time, play time and meal time should stay constant. This also makes going back home easier. If the routine is consistent, they easily transition from home to holiday and back to home without any major issues.
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