Survival Guide: 11 Pointers for Travelling with Toddlers

11 Pointers for Travelling

If you’re a parent, you know that travelling with a tiny human can be a daunting task.

But fear not! We’ve got you covered with some pointers that will make your trip a breeze. Or at least, a little less chaotic than a toddler’s tantrum.

So buckle up my dear peers! Grab your snacks, and let’s get started on this wild adventure!

With these 11 survival tips, you will have you laughing to your destination.

1. Booking Early Flights Is a Bliss

Booking Early Flights Is a Bliss

I am not a morning person, but I prefer to get ready early in the morning whenever I need travel with my little pumpkin. The earlier the flight or your bookings, the more friendly and helpful the attendants and passengers tend to be. Plus, your little one won’t be up against mid-day nap times and will be more well-behaved.

2. Don’t Forget the Essentials

Don't Forget the Essentials

Like medications, empty sippy cups, baby wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, pull-ups, extra clothing and Ziploc bags. And let’s be real, these are all things you have to keep in your diaper bag anyway.

3. Stroller is Your Secret Weapon Essentials

Stroller is Your Secret Weapon

It may seem like another heavy item to lug around, but it’s a lifesaver when it comes to quickly getting between gates during connecting flights or metro trains, keeping your toddler in one place at any point.

4. Book their Own Seats

Book their Own Seats

Toddlers over 2 need their seats, but for the little ones, it’s all about ensuring everyone’s comfort.

So, why not splurge on that extra seat for your baby? Not only will they be more comfortable, but you’ll have a little extra space to spread out and enjoy your time. And who knows, maybe your little one will even sleep the entire way (fingers crossed).

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5. Planning Ahead and Take Your Time

Planning Ahead and Take Your Time

When travelling with a toddler, always aim to get to the travel spot at least an hour earlier than recommended. Potential delays related to tantrums, potty trips and attempting to walk in a straight line mean you’ll need that extra time.

6. Help is Around the Corner

Help is Around the Corner

Most people are willing to lend a hand when travelling with a toddler. Attendants will let you board early to get settled and will even give your little one extra snacks or “wings” to wear as a pin.

7. DIY Toys to Turn Tears into Smiles

DIY Toys to Turn Tears into Smiles

Oh, the dreaded meltdown moments during travel! But fear not, fellow parents, for a little creativity can go a long way. Prepare a stash of do-it-yourself (DIY) toys that can magically transform tears into smiles, making the journey a joyous adventure.

8. Surprise them with a New Toy or Book

Surprise them with a New Toy or Book

Bring along some new toys or books to keep your little one distracted. Just don’t take them out at the beginning – save them for when boredom strikes.

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9. Pack Favourite Snacks and Candies too!

Pack Favourite Snacks and Candies too

Airline snacks may do the trick, but if you are travelling by road you have to bring along some of your toddler’s favourite snacks and some suckable candies to help with popping ears if you are going to high altitudes.

10. Relax and Have Fun!

Relax and Have Fun

Remember that travelling with toddlers isn’t always a walk in the park, but with realistic expectations and preparation, it can be a blast! Enjoy the opportunity to travel with your little one and don’t stress too much about how well-behaved they are on the way – just have fun!


Things to pack for babies and toddlers

  • Buggy
  • Baby Carrier
  • Sunshade
  • Microwaveable steriliser bags
  • Pop-up beach tent
  • Audiobooks
  • Scrapbook

With these survival guidelines, go with your tiny travel partner and remember that the key to a successful voyage is not only the destination, but the wonderful moments of fun, discovery, and connection along the route.

Safe travels, parents!


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