Taking a family vacation isn’t that challenging with the right amount of planning. Travelling with a toddler takes a little extra work, but once you get things sorted everything seems to slide into place.
Here are 10 tips for a stress-free vacation with your little ones.
10 Tips For Travelling With A Toddler
Book Early For Child Discounts
Having kids can sometimes make a vacation more expensive, but if you book more than six months out, it’s possible you may be able to take advantage of child discounts.
Airlines may offer free child seats, while hotels may offer discounts on family rooms.
Check For Kid-Friendly Accommodations
Not all hotels are toddler-friendly, so make sure to check on this before booking. Think about rooms with dangers such as balconies, or pools that aren’t fenced off. For older kids, these are luxuries, but a toddler may not know the safety concerns they bring.
Research Into Kids Clubs
You may be able to find a hotel with a kids club that accepts toddlers. These clubs could be free in some cases, and could allow you a small break from the kids for an hour or two.
Bring A Travel Cot
Some Hotels provide cribs, but the majority don’t. Make sure to pack a travel cot if your toddler hasn’t graduated to beds just yet. Some are so light and easy to pack up, they’ll fit in your check-on bags!
Check If Your Car Rental Service Supplies Car Seats
If you’re renting a car abroad, you need to check on car seats. Not all companies offer this. It is possible to get travel car seats, but they’re not as convenient as travel cots due to being bulkier and assembly requirements.
Pack For The Plane
The last thing you want is a screaming, kicking toddler on the plane. People will already be waiting for the stereotype, so prepare not to become one.
Keep distractions in your check-on that will help keep your child preoccupied. Buy new toys, bring coloring books, bring snacks and downloaded movies or games on a tablet.
Stay Safe In The Sun
You’ll need to protect your kids from the sun. Bring sun cream and a hat, or invest in a sun umbrella for your stroller if you don’t have one already.
Keep Them Hydrated
Many kids don’t drink as much liquid as they should, and your toddler is no exception. You’re less in control of the temperature when on a trip, so make sure they are drinking throughout the day. You could even try packing a fun colorful cup they’ll want to drink from!
Consider Pool Safety
Around any pool or body of water, you should make sure your little ones are wearing some form of flotation device. This could be an infant life jacket, or the usual arm band floaties. Life jackets are harder to take off, and therefor a safer solution to kids that like to be escape artists.
Buy An Identity Bracelet
In case your kid wanders off, you’ll want to make them wear an identity bracelet. These contain personal contact details like your phone number and the name of your hotel.
Hopefully you’ll never need it, but they’re great for peace of mind.