Traveling with a toddler sounds cute and all, but it can actually be a little crazy if you’re not prepared!
I am currently writing this post from my cozy hotel room in Las Vegas, Nevada. My two boys and I came out here to tag-along with my husband on his work trip. Since he’s been busy doing work stuff most of the day, I’ve quickly been reminded that traveling with toddlers isn’t always a vacation. I’ve definitely learned a thing or two though about how to make it work so I thought I’d share some of my best tips for traveling with a toddler.
Bring food they like. If you’re really wanting to vacay, then you’re probably planning on eating out a few times. Toddlers are toddlers whether you’re on vacation or not, so instead of wasting money on food they won’t eat, bring some that they’re used to eating. For my kids I bring stuff for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, easy mac, yogurt, apple sauce, and granola bars. (Another great thing is to always pick a hotel with a free continental breakfast!)
Bring hotel entertainment: If you’re imagining yourself relaxing in bed reading a book while the sun rises, think again! Your toddler is going to be high as a kite with all the new drawers and lights and toilets to touch. This will entertain them for a while until they break a lamp that the Hotel will charge you an arm and a leg for, so be sure to bring some entertainment for the hotel. (Yes this is even besides the videos you loaded onto your tablet!!) My go-to’s are Bubbles, Play-do, and Dollar store toys.
Pack a suitcase just for them. Toddler clothes are tiny, and yet, they need a lot of them because they are very prone to messes. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can just throw their stuff in with yours, or with another sibling. It’s much easier to put their stuff in a separate bag, and if you need to, put that bag inside another person’s bag. That way, at the hotel it will be easier to find their clothes.
Stock up on hand sanitizer and wipes. If you think your toddler is dirty now, just wait until your on vacation!! I highly recommend you put hand sanitizer on each side of the car, and in the diaper bag, as well as wipes. You’re welcome.
Don’t stress about breaking their sleep routine. I remember stressing so much about creating bad sleep habits on vacation with my first, and I tried to do all the same things we did at home (read books, sing, put him in his crib). My opinion now is do whatever you need to to get them to sleep. Usually they’re pretty tuckered out and will sleep well, but don’t be afraid to wind them down with a show and let them fall asleep next to you on the hotel bed. They’ll have fun, and when they get back home to your house, they’ll recognize that they’re not in the hotel anymore and things will be back to normal.
BE PREPARED for SICKNESS. I swear someone always gets sick, especially if it’s in the winter, and your toddler is the least immune so be ready. My go-to form of preparation is bringing along some Ibprofen, nasal spray, and a humidifier.
Bubble Baths all around! If the hotel has no pool, or if it has a bomb bathtub, bring some bubbles for the bathtub to keep your toddler entertained, or even to give yourself a nice relaxing evening once that baby is in bed!
I would love to hear what you do to make traveling with a toddler a little easier! Good luck!