Traveling with a toddler can send your anxiety level up to 10, but it doesn’t have to be so bad. If you’re getting on a plane, train, or automobile this holiday season with your little kid, these travel hacks from real moms who’ve lived through it can help survive and be a little less stressed.
- Bring a bunch of Ziploc bags- They can hold everything from wet bathing suits to snacks.
- Separate essentials into pouches - Avoid lugging the whole diaper bag around by dividing things into pouches: one for plane activities, one for medical needs, and one for quick airplane diaper changes.
- If you’re in a different time zone, split the difference- If you’re dealing with a six-hour time change, divide it in half, so your toddler’s bedtime would be three hours off versus six and easier to adjust to.
- Don’t leave home without distraction snacks- Snacks aren’t just for hunger, they’re a great activity to keep little hands busy on the go.
- Invest in a portable noise machine- Get one that you can charge or use a white noise app on your phone to give your tired toddler the sleep-friendly environment they need to rest.
- Pack an iPad holder- It can be hard for little kids to prop up a tablet while watching “Sesame Street,” but a holder that hooks onto the back of the headrest of the seat helps.
- Bring a change of clothes for you, too- If your kiddo has a blowout or gets motion sick and pukes on you, be prepared with a change of clothes for both of you.
- A new toy is a great tantrum-diffuser- Anything new can distract and entertain them during a flight or car trip.
- Painter’s tape works too- It can stick anywhere and kids love to stick it down and then pull it up over and over. You’ll get sick of it WAY before they do.