Every parent knows that traveling with a young toddler is a challenge, and making the necessary preparations can feel daunting. With a little one that is always on the move and in need of stimulation, it can be difficult to relax and enjoy your trip. This list of essentials will help to keep your little one safe and entertained so that the whole family can enjoy smooth travels together, as well as peace of mind when you finally reach your destination.
No child will ever want to travel without their favorite stuffed animal or toy. Whether it’s a teddy bear or a blanket, their favorite companion can help you to avoid meltdowns at night and provide a sense of well-being and security on the road as your little one is exposed to new environments.
Bag of Tricks
Pack a backpack full of a variety of your child’s favorite toys and activities, but try not to reveal them all at once. When your little one shows signs of needing some stimulation, give them one item from the backpack at a time, allowing them to play with it until they’re no longer interested before giving them something else.
The Stair Barrier
We know how important it is to keep your little one safe, but you’ll need some hands-free time and your little one will need room to explore. The Stair Barrier functions as a travel stair gate that allows you to easily make staircases and certain rooms off-limits when you’re visiting the homes of family or friends. With our carrying case, The Stair Barrier is compact and easy to pack, allowing you to keep your child securely contained to one level.
Hungry children are cranky children, and there may be stretches of highway without a rest stop or restaurant for miles. Pack plenty of your child’s favorite, travel-friendly snacks. Dried fruit, rice cakes, and O-shaped cereal tend to travel well. Bring spill-proof sippy cups for juice to minimize mess and refill as needed.
No matter how prepared you are, some level of mess is inevitable. Be armed and ready with a fresh pack (or two) of baby wipes for sticky fingers and spills, or just to sanitize little hands that have been exploring at every stop along your journey.
Enjoy your trip!