Let’s face it—traveling with a toddler can be rough. With a little patience, perseverance, and preparedness, you can make sure everyone enjoys the ride. Make sure you pack a bag with the items below:
- Toys – Bring a few of your toddler’s favorite toys to keep them busy. And by all means, feel free to surprise your child with something new to make the trip seem more special.
- Picture books – Children love to visualize. Bring their favorite books or pick up a few new ones for the trip.
- Kid-friendly snacks – Keep those mouths busy! Don’t rely on fast food or rest-stop snacks to keep your toddler occupied. Pack healthy finger foods like grapes, sliced apples, granola, or dried fruit.
- Favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal – Staying away for more than one night? Take your toddler’s blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal. An extra element of added comfort and familiarity will help them fall asleep without too much fussing.
You may have additional options available. If you’re traveling in a minivan with an entertainment system, bring your child’s favorite movie or TV show. If you’re traveling by plane, make sure you bring a pair of headphones that will fit your child for the inflight movie. You can also load up an educational, interactive app on your smart phone or tablet. Keeping your toddler actively engaged will go a long way toward keeping you (and your fellow passengers) happy.