There is a debate on whether it’s a good time to introduce toddlers to new destinations when they may be too young to remember them. Regardless of the diversity in opinion, there are still many parents who need to take their kids on vacation for a variety of motivations and reasons.
If you are doing this for the first time, it can be daunting. You might find your patience running thin or your head warming up like steel fabricators exposed in the Edmonton noonday heat. Sometimes you feel like your heart is melting in different parts at the same time. Life with a toddler is both amazing and challenging. Travel or vacation highlights that even more.
Travel can be extremely difficult or overwhelming with a toddler, so it’s important to cover the basics of some travel hacks essentially for your parenting survival. Ready to secure your sanity during your vacation? Check out these tips.
Travel advisories are your friend
It pays to be vigilant about your destinations. Make sure that the destination is child-friendly. If there are extra vaccinations required for certain destinations, book these precautionary measures in advance. Bookmark the travel country advisory page to keep yourself updated.
Facilitate cleaning practices on the go and beyond
If you are still breastfeeding, make sure there are breastfeeding stations or places where you can continue. If you are using formula, a source of clean water for the formula and portable cleaning agents to your baby bottles are your friend. Baby wipes are a lifesaver for a lot of messy situations. Keep them handy, and within reach from the time you leave town until you get back. Have a mechanism also for throwing and storing diapers in your journey.
Make a list and check it thrice
Have a list of things. Make the tickets easier to access your luggage. Figure out the essentials such as medications, the baby book for your baby in case you need to have a medical history handy, and clothing appropriate for the activities on the trip. The baby’s birth certificate can also be necessary especially if only one parent is flying out.
Consider mobility with a planned itinerary
Should you go with a baby carrier or a stroller? A baby carrier may seem light, but if you are walking along Hong Kong Disneyland for 2 hours, it might not be the most prudent of choices. Traveling in places with narrow sidewalks might make strollers difficult, on the other hand. Make a decision based on your itinerary.
Be reasonably picky about your lodging
Make sure that you have the security blanket object that your kid has when he needs to sleep while you travel. Sleep in a place that’s clean and free of bed bugs, secondhand smoke, excessive noise, and other potential hazards that can make sleeping adjustments difficult for your little one. Make it as closely resembling your home rituals as possible, so you get fewer tantrums at night.
Saving the best tip for last: don’t forget to cherish your memories with your family during this trip. Your kid may not necessarily remember them clearly, but you will.