Traveling with kids can be difficult, but if well-prepared, it can really be a smooth and easy(ish) process. We travel a lot with out three kids, both by car and by plane, and have gotten it down to a pretty good science. However, there are a few really awesome must-haves when traveling with tots that I am so excited to share with you!
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Must-Haves When Traveling with Toddlers
A Place to Sleep
Toddlers+lack of sleep=misery. One of the most important things when away from home with toddlers is maintaining some sense of normalcy in your schedule. Even when in Disney World we take daily breaks to go back to the hotel to nap. Which brings me to my point, this product from travelbedrails.com is a life-saver for hotel stays. We usually have to order at least one pack and play (even though none of the kids end up sleeping in it), but with this, the kids can sleep right in the bed without risk of rolling off. And, guess what?! Enter at the bottom of the post to win TWO of these for yourself!
Mess-Free Art Products to Stay Busy
Whether it’s in the car, on a plane or in a hotel room, one thing is for sure, your little one will need to stay busy! Mess-free is ALWAYS a bonus when traveling. At home, I love messy sensory play and don’t mind a toy bin getting dumped out. On a plane or in the car? Or even worse, at someone else’s house…not my idea of a good time. Some of my favorites are:
I mean I know this kind of goes without saying….but really, sleep and food, those are the secrets to happy toddlers. Opt for some organic fruit snacks or xylitol lollipops is you feel guilty about a special treat. You never know when you might need them in your arsenal. I also love the silicone placemat and the snack keeper to help keep everything clean!
Toddlers love to collect! This also gives them something to do wherever you go. A treasure hunt of sorts. Bring a Ziplock bag or a small plastic jar with you and let your kids collect anything they see that reminds them of their trip or that they like (within reason…because you know toddlers). It could be a receipt, a rock, a leaf, a paper napkin from a restaurant, a brochure, etc.
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