We did a lot of traveling with our daughter before she even turned three. I learned a lot about traveling with toddlers. From flying to Europe and visiting Florida there were a lot of different things we brought depending on where we went. I did a lot of searching for tips when we took the first trip with her at six months old.
I soon turned packing for kids into an art!
Here are a few things you might not want to leave behind when traveling with toddlers; they make nice presents for a baby shower too.
Helpful Tips for Traveling with Toddlers
I first discovered Melissa Doug toys when a friend of ours picked some up for me at a garage sale. I was hooked from that point on, and asked for them as gifts for my daughter for many years. They have toys and crafts for all ages of kids from infant to tweens, and there are many suitable for plane and/or car trips. Most of them are educational or help with fine motor skills or hand eye coordination. For infants they have soft toys and toys with links, they will fit in a carry-on if you are flying. For the toddlers and preschoolers they have magnetic dress up kits for boys and girls that would occupy the time.
Having travel toys such as binoculars, mini cars, flashlights, doctor’s kits, sticker & coloring book, can be very fun for your toddler if they are toys they haven’t played with at home. Place them in a re-usable grocery bag, and let your toddler pick one out every hour or so. That way they won’t get bored if you give them the new toys all at once, and they’ll have something to look forward to along the way.
We wear sunglasses in tropical places, but often forget to put them on our babies and toddlers (or we try and they promptly take them off!). Don’t forget that even if you’re not going to Florida or California, your little one’s eyes need protection and baby banz sunglasses are a must pack. They are made so that they won’t slip off, and your child will be more comfortable wearing them, even in the car if it’s a bright sunny day when you are driving, sunglasses might even make it easier for them to take a nap!
What sort of items do you pack when traveling with toddlers?