Tips for Traveling with a Toddler in Tow


Are you and your partner in need of a vacation away from the stress of everyday life? If you’re parents to young children, you might find yourself hesitating to embark upon travel until they are a bit older and slightly more independent.

However, the truth is that traveling with a toddler in tow—or perhaps even more than just one—does not need to be the terrifying task that one expects. Here are some tips for sailing through it and savoring the memorable family getaway that you all deserve.

Choose a family-friendly destination

Some destinations are just more accommodating to family holidays than others, so be sure to do your research in this regard. Mr Hudson Explores is a fantastic resource for travel inspiration, as well as for trip-planning for families with minimal time on their hands.

You should look out for destinations that offer access to a variety of activities that all members of the family can take part in and enjoy. For example, it helps if the hotel at which you’re staying has some facilities for children. Some will even specialize in keeping little ones entertained so that the parents can venture off for some hard-earned me time.

Book your flights wisely

Flying on an airplane with a loud and busy toddler is arguably going to be the most trying aspect of the trip, so take the time to do what you can to reduce the stress associated with it. For example, it will be a great idea to book the flight close to nap time so that your little one will hopefully sleep through the majority of the experience. It’s also a good idea to steer clear of early-morning flights. After all, getting grumpy, bleary-eyed toddlers up and dressed at the crack of dawn is no easy feat!

Be prepared

Toddlers are unpredictable. Do yourself a favor and pack everything that you can think of to assist you in dealing with any mishaps or accidents that come your way throughout your travels together. Think lots of disinfecting wipes, some extra clothing, snacks, and a few favorite toys to use as distractions when you need a breather.

Keep them moving

You might feel pressured to keep your toddler still and quiet in your seat, but that is only going to leave them frustrated. It often helps to get up for a walk up and down the aisle or in the galley every half an hour or so to satisfy their curiosity and—hopefully—tire them out. If your toddler isn’t quite walking yet, another alternative is to pop them in a wrap or a carrier and walk around so that they aren’t confined to one place for hours on end.

You are now ready to travel with your toddler with confidence. Enjoy your time away!