It’s summertime and you want to take a road trip. The only problem? You’re traveling with a toddler.
We’ve all been there. On the freeway, cruising along with our sweet two year old asleep in the car, only to have them wake up and demand to get out of the car seat.
What could be worse than that, right? How about when you fly with a toddler and they’re all done sitting nicely and want to run up and down the aisles of the plane, annoying everyone else along the way. I’m sure every parent knows exactly what I’m talking about.
To survive traveling with kids, not only do you need a bag packed with entertainment for said toddler, but you may need “toddler survival kit” for you, as well! Check out these must-have necessities for keeping your cool while going on adventure with your toddler in tow.
Take a deep breath — you’re going to survive this trip! We’ve got even more toddler travel survival tips and gear for you, including tips for a hassle-free road trip and an easy way to bring toys along for the ride!
Toddler Travel Survival Gear for You
1. Headache meds
I don’t care what meds you prefer, but having travel-sized headache medication on hand for yourself is important when traveling with a toddler! These little packs can be thrown in your purse, your carry-on, or your glovebox for easy retrieval when you start to feel the pressure building.
2. Ear plugs
There’s a reason ear plugs come in packs, and I’m convinced it’s because the packaging person once traveled with a toddler! These can be great for that long car ride when you don’t want to hear “Let It Go” from Frozen for the 18th time — that day.
3. Note cards
Sometimes our kids bother people. Whether it be the couple sitting next to us at a restaurant who’s the lucky recipient of a tired, cranky toddler’s outburst or the person in front of us on the plane whose seat our toddler keeps kicking.
A humorous way to deal with the embarrassment of our toddler being a, well, toddler, are cute little cards that say “I’m sorry!” or “Thank you for your understanding!” You can pick up blank cards at any retailer and have them on hand to show others just how appreciative you are of their patience.
4. Let everyone know you’re a proud new parent
Sometimes you’ve just got to let people know you’re a mom and you’re in control — or doing your best. A super cute T-shirt that yells out, “I’m a mom and doing my best!” could be fun and helpful on a trip!
Travel Gear Just for Kids
Now that we’ve followed the rule of travel by taking care of ourselves before we help someone younger, let’s talk about some items you may need for your toddler to make travel easier for them!
1. Baby flight vest
I’ve flown with a toddler on my lap and it can be challenging, especially on landing and takeoff. A toddler flying vest helps keep your child on your lap by attaching them to you using your seatbelt! Your toddler may even fall asleep while attached, leaving you hands free to read, do the crossword, or grab a bite to eat.
2. Kids’ books
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Toddlers love to have their hands busy, so an interactive book that they can flip open and be occupied with is a necessity when traveling! I love the books that have flaps on each page for kids to open!
3. Car seat play center
I still have mesh bags on the back of each car seat for the kids to put books, crayons, and stuffed animals in for when we travel. These car seat play centers are awesome for the car — or plane if your toddler is traveling in a car seat. With pockets and a soft top, they can snack, read, and color while on the go!
4. Burp cloths
You may think burp cloths are only for infants, but these awesome, absorbent towels are perfect for toddlers and their messiness, too. I still carry a few today! They’re easy to fold up and use as a pillow for your little one, or just to use to wipe wet mouths and sticky fingers.