I love traveling and exploring new places, one of my favourite stress buster is traveling. But since my kid happend traveling has become ones in a blue moon affair. But last year as my kid turned 4 I decided to do some traveling no matter what consequences I face. Yes the very first step was hard but a bit of research and observations helped me a lot. And by the time I am writing this article I have done 4 short but successful trips. Sharing some of my tips or hacks which will make your travel with your toddler easy.
👶 Travelling at Night: Wether you are traveling by car, bus or train try to oppt for night travel, specially if the distance is short. The kids tend to sleep by the time you start the actual journey, so it’s easy and peaceful for both parents and the kid.
👶 Appropriate Clothing: Always make them wear comfortable clothes. A bit loose and soft comfortable clothes will help them relax even while traveling.
👶 Feeding the Kid: Never fill them up; if the child doesn’t eat properly during the travel it’s nothing to worry. My kid never eats well during traveling she has motion sickness, I never force her. As soon as they settle down to the environment they start with their regular eating habits. Yes one must carry snacks that’s your kids favourite that helps a lot. Always feed them something light and easy to digest.
👶Toys: Always buy a new toy for the kid while traveling it will keep them engaged. However these days parents give iPad or Smart Phones to their kids to keep them engaged but I have observed with my kid watching anything in motion while traveling make her more nauseous.
👶 Medicines: Always keep First Aid and basic medicine (cough& cold, loose motion, vomiting and fever) handy. Always carry basic medicines prescribed by your pediatric as you never know when you need it.
👶 Packing: Carry extra clothes every time you step out. If going out for 3 days carry 6 pair of clothes; toddlers tend to get dirty now and then. Do carry extra diapper even if your kid is potty trained. I make my kid wear diaper while traveling as they all of a sudden get the urge to pee or poop and it’s not always you get a clean and hygienic washroom. Hand sanitizer and Wet Tissues are a saviour during travels.
👶 And finally if your kid has the issue of motion sickness then do give them the medicine prescribed half an hour prior to your journey and repeat it as instructed.
So here are some tips I follow when traveling with my kid, hope it will help you in your next travel plan. Do let me know any special tips you try to make traveling with kids easy.