Everyone loves a holiday, but when it comes to packing up everything you need to keep a toddler happy for a week or so, it can become a bit of a mission. The best way to ensure your getaway is as tantrum free as possible (including tantrums from the adults) is to have a handy list of toddler travel essentials. Like the one just below.
Antibacterial wipes are probably part of your every day but never underestimate just how many a captive toddler can go through in a day of travel, pack extra. Snacks, snacks, snacks, set up a range of different containers that you can easily access at all times. Individual tubs with your bubs favourite food (much easier to navigate than entire bento boxes) and of course plenty of water, particularly if you are travelling by plane. Headphones are crucial, no matter how cute your kid is the sounding passengers do not want to hear Bluey playing for the whole trip, (actually Bluey is a great show, so they might) get some over-the-ear headphones, pre-download some episodes and Bob’s your uncle. If your little one is sensitive to noise themselves, they have some great white noise apps to keep them calm.
Always take a pram, a travel-friendly one if you can. Even when you think you won't need it because your child prefers to walk. You will. Even if they walk beside you along the beach or to a café. Holidays can be exhausting, all that sun and fun, and a pram is a perfect napping station for when you don’t want to head back to the room. Though make sure your baby is fully shaded and ventilated (not covered) as prams can get very hot, very quickly.
Yes even on holiday the baths must go on. Unfortunately, most soaps and shampoo supplied by resorts and hotels are on par with dishwashing liquid in terms of harshness. So pack some baby-friendly bubbles, we recommend a dual shampoo and body wash like Jack n Jill to save space. Toothpaste,toothbrush and don’t forget moisturiser, particularly if you are staying somewhere sunny. The constant air conditioning can dry out your little one's skin and cause irritation, nobody wants that.
Holidays destinations are full of new things to see and do and trip over. First Aid Kits are often overlooked but getting your hands on so much as a bandaid when you are travelling can be a nightmare. Choose a kit depending on your destination, how remote it is and what activities you intend to undertake to make sure you have all the medical supplies you need.
Good luck you brave parents holidaying with toddlers, it’s a bumpy ride but totally worth it. Oh, and pack some aloe vera, someone will definitely need it.
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