In 2018, it is my heart's desire to write more lifestyle blogs and more about mom life and life with a toddler. One thing I have quickly learned about being a toddler mom is that you have to be organized everywhere you go. If you are going out to a restaurant or event - you must bring extra snacks/toys. If you are going to run errands - you must pack extra snacks/toys. If you are traveling - you must bring LOTS of snacks for the road. Are you sensing a theme here? In my one year old's world, his day revolves around his snacks and meals. He is a goldfish chewing (and throwing), yogurt loving, milk chugging kinda guy. Actually, as I am writing this, he is holding onto my shoulder eating his goldfish snacks and rubbing the crumbs all over my black pants.
We had the wonderful opportunity to travel with several family members on my side of the family to the Outer Banks last weekend. We stayed in a beautiful multi-family beach house, so it was spacious and equipped with lots of toddler helps (baby gate & high chair for the win!). I managed to ONLY pack 3 bags for my little stinker for the weekend (one was his diaper bag and one was a toy bag), so I wanted to share 3 simple tips for traveling with a toddler:
1. Research your destination. My mom told me there would be a baby gate and high chair, which helped us, for sure! They also had a pack-in-play, but we still brought ours. But, if I was traveling somewhere new, I would definitely want to find out what I need to bring and what is already there. Anytime we can save car space and shoulder strength from multiple trips to the car, it’s a win!
2. Pack your toddler’s favorites. Liam does not do well out of his normal routine, so I like to pack the things that make him feel more at home. He has a hippopotamus that plays music at night, a stuffed animal and blanket he likes to sleep with, his favorite bath toys, etc. This helps our little guy immensely because he is serious about his routine every single day. He wakes up and picks up the same exact toys every morning. Routine-oriented for sure!
3. Toys and snacks. I feel like the answer to most things is toys and snacks with Liam. Long car ride? Toys and snacks. Stuck inside because of bad weather? Toys and snacks. Most travel destinations do not have toys and if they do, have they been washed? Yes, I’m THAT parent!
These are my simple travel tips. What are yours? Please feel free to share!