|Source: D Sharon Pruitt|
Travelling with a toddler can be difficult for many reasons. Many children do not like to be out of their comfort zone, especially a child travelling for the first time or one who does not travel on a regular basis. Children like to know their environment, and travelling can take them away from what they are familiar with and also upset their schedule.
To go on a trip with a toddler needs planning, especially for the packing. It is best to make a list and then remove anything you dont really need or can do without. As it is easily possible to take half the house if you don’t plan well.
To ensure a good trip, you need to basically keep them fed, watered, entertained and comfortable. To make sure they are happy outside of their normal environment, a familiar and popular toy such as a teddy bear or fluffy dog is essential for the child. Most children generally have a favourite toy which they take everywhere with them.
Make sure you have plenty of snacks that they like and drinks. But make sure they are fairly healthy, as you dont want them getting ill on sweet things. You should take games or small toys that they enjoy to play, something which hopefully will keep them occupied for a fair amount of time. Many parents nowadays travel with gadgets such as portable DVD players or iPads to keep their children occupied, but not every parent has access to these things.
If you are travelling with a toddler in a confined space where the child will not be able to move around much, such as a car or airplane it is especially important to be prepared and to think about how to make them comfortable. Most young children will need to sleep on a long journey, so this needs to be thought about. If you can pack a pillow and small blanket, this can help.
If you are driving or on a long journey, make regular stops to break up the journey. Travelling with others can also help as it gives you some help and can help occupy the children, especially if there is other children travelling with you. I also suggest taking some medication and a change of clothes within easy reach as you never know and my children always seem to have the habit of getting some short-lived virus when we are away, which without preparation can ruin a nice trip.
If you have any other tips, you find useful, I would love to hear them.