Guest Post By: Norshafa Wati Nordin
Travelling to Europe just by yourself without any toddler could be a pain in the you-know-where already. It’s even more challenging to travel anywhere with a toddler in tow! Most people, especially new moms, would be shocked at the thought of traveling overseas with young kids. A toddler is more resilient and inquisitive but also needs a good pace when traveling because he can get cranky, moody, or tired especially if you’re visiting a walkathon type of areas in Europe.. Can you imagine? The key first and foremost for all of you to enjoy the trip is the pre-planning!
So, if you are wanting to visit the majestic scenes in Europe, here are some tips for traveling with toddlers:
Make sure you have a complete carry-on bag.
Whether you’re just about to board your flight, or are about to embark on a day of sightseeing, make sure you have a good amount of diapers, clothes, towels, formula, ointment, pacifier, etc. Messes can happen in the span of a few hours, so it’s good to be prepared. Ensure you have a first-aid kit as well, just in case.
If you’re traveling to a place with cold weather, bundle up appropriately.
A cold toddler is not a happy toddler - and you don’t want that as a parent as well! Bring a blanket or two for the flight. When going out, be sure he’s covered from head to toe. Double or triple mittens and socks if you need to.
Pack familiar things to help him be entertained.
They don’t always have the longest attention spans, and a 10-hour flight can be really boring for them if they have nothing to do Toys that your toddler loves can keep him distracted during plane landings and takeoffs, as well as during long periods of travel.
As a mom, you always have that voice in the back of your mind telling you “Oh, you might need this!” over and over again! Packing light means packing only those multipurpose essentials you absolutely need for the trip. After all, small things like toiletries can be bought or provided by your hotel.
Try to keep journeys not too long.
If you’re taking a car ride from one point to another that could take hours, your toddler could get restless. There are also meals and potty breaks to account for. Take a look at your itinerary as a whole and make sure that it’s reasonable for your kids.
I’m sure other seasoned travelers also have a ton of tips for traveling with toddlers. Let me know if you have more tips in the comments below!
Norshafa is a social media strategist, blogger & freelance writer. She blogs at jenjalankami.wordpress.com (her family travel blog) and simplemomjourney.com (her parenting & social media blog).
She loves writing about social media, motherhood and travel. Combining passion for photography and writing, she aims to share information on life and places, even if it's just 5 minutes from home!
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