Tips to keep your good mood when traveling with toddlers

Tips to keep your good mood when traveling with toddlers

Traveling with your family to new and adventurous places seems intriguing and thrilling. So we diligently plan the itineraries, decide on the destination, spare the dates for a pleasant vacation.

However, at times it becomes challenging to manage cranky and howling toddlers while being on a trip, and we sort of feel lost on how to make the trip as enjoyable for them too as for ourselves.

When traveling with a tiny tot, it’s always good to be prepared for the unexpected and enjoy the journey. 

Children are usually very excited when they are on a trip, but the challenge is to make it as exciting for them throughout. Here are some practical tips you can include in your travel plan and put into practice while on a trip with toddlers. 

Time for a pep talk

We often ignore the fact that children are intelligent enough to understand when we try to share any piece of travel information. 

So, it would be best to sit and talk to them about the mode of transport you will be using for your journey, whether you are cruising the Eastern Caribbean, going on a road trip, flying by air, or boarding a bus or tube.

Show them the images and videos and make them aware of the fact that these are extended journeys that involve pee and food breaks, and they may have to adjust accordingly.

Pack Carefully

Nonetheless, it is advisable to travel light, but you can’t help but carry extra items when traveling with your toddler.

Baby diapers, favorite toys, storybooks, extra baby clothes, refreshments, etc., are a few items that will be of great assistance. In addition, ensure that your toddler has something interesting to occupy his/her mind with during the journey as it will help reduce anxiety and stress for both you and your child as well their sense of insecurity.

Dining out 

Children are usually very fussy eaters, and they do not cope well with change when they are far from home. The different surroundings, combined with the absence of familiar foods, can make it challenging to keep a child in good spirits.

To ensure that your child is always in a happy mood whenever you travel together, you need to be prepared for the unexpected and come up with ways to keep them entertained on the journey. It is helpful to know that kids have a small appetite and digest food slower than adults; hence you must feed them lightly during the trip.

Patience is the key

At last, there may be many incidents when your little one throws tantrums, runs wild, cries aloud, throws things, and is not in their best behavior. It is crucial to maintain your calmness and not shout and get angry at them in trying to control them as this will not be a good idea. 

On the other hand, act like an adult and be patient with them while creating happy moments for them. 

Kate Dyson

Kate is the Founder of The Motherload, the 'owner' of one husband, two daughters, two cats and one rabbit. She loves wine, loathes exercise and fervently believes in the power of women supporting women. Find me on instagram: @themotherloadhq

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