One of the biggest question when it comes to travelling with toddlers is: If it is worth it?
For us, the answer is definitely a YES!
If you’re planning to travel with your little ones, you might be wondering how to make the experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Well, wonder no more, because I’m here to share some tips and tricks that I’ve learned from my own adventures with my two-year-old twins.
Trust me, it’s not as hard as it sounds, sharing some travel tips that worked wonders for us:
1. Plan ahead. Before you book your flight or hotel, do some research on the best options for your family. Look for flights that are at a convenient time, preferably when your kids are likely to nap or sleep. Avoid layovers or connections if possible, as they can add more stress and hassle to your journey. For hotels, look for ones that offer family-friendly amenities, such as cribs, high chairs, playgrounds, pools, or babysitting services. Another tip is to check the reviews and ratings of other families who have stayed there before, to get an idea of what to expect and what to avoid.
2. Pack smart. You don’t want to lug around a huge suitcase full of stuff that you won’t need or use. Instead, focus on the essentials: diapers, wipes, snacks, toys, books, clothes, and a first-aid kit. You can always buy more things at your destination if you run out of something. Also, don’t forget to pack some ziplock bags, plastic bags, and wet wipes for those inevitable messes and spills. Another tip is to pack some familiar items from home, such as a blanket, a stuffed animal, or a favorite toy, to help your kids feel more comfortable and secure in a new environment.
3. Be flexible. Travelling with toddlers means that you have to be ready for anything. Don’t expect everything to go according to plan, because it won’t. Your kids might get sick, cranky, bored, or restless at any point. They might not like the food, the weather, or the activities that you have planned. That’s okay. Don’t let it ruin your mood or your trip. Instead, try to adapt and improvise. Find ways to entertain them, comfort them, or distract them. Be open to changing your itinerary or skipping some attractions if necessary. Remember, the most important thing is that you have fun and make memories together. Another tip is to have some backup plans in case things go wrong, such as alternative routes, extra snacks, or emergency contacts.
4. Enjoy the moment. Travelling with toddlers can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding and fun. You get to see the world through their eyes, and discover new things along with them. You get to bond with them and strengthen your relationship. You get to laugh at their antics and marvel at their curiosity. Don’t worry too much about the details or the problems that might arise. Just focus on the positive aspects and the joy of travelling with your family.
I will make a separate blog about our recent trip to Hongkong 🙂