Many travelers consider packing for a trip to be the most stressful part of the adventure, especially when little kids are involved and you have to decide what is truly essential and what isn’t. There’s no exact science to knowing what and how much to bring, especially when your toddler is so unpredictable. Weather can be unpredictable as well and, depending on what you have planned, you might need comfortable clothes and shoes one day and a more formal outfit the next. Adding a toddler or two to the mix certainly doesn’t make things any easier.
No matter the distance traveling and thinking beyond yourself is a challenge. Add in flying to the mix and its a whole other bag of worms. I like to save time everywhere I can. Early check ins, minimum bags, on the body items, or smaller snacks and toys. I also allow Bastian to carry is own things and they will count that as carry on and not force me to check it in. Having a bag with many many compartments is key. I convert all my bath items to travel size you don't need full size of anything. There's so many ways to save you time and energy.
Here are some tips that may help you travel a little bit easier:
1. Potty before you leave: I always regard forgetting this key thing before I leave to get in the car. Then about less than 5 minutes Bastian is asking to go to the bathroom. So the night before I go to bed and I know I have to travel I set an alarm to look at my notes. Then I make detail notes including to get him to go to the bathroom before we go. Even if he went not too long ago I'll make him go again. I don't know what it is but I know he doesn't use the bathroom all the way when he goes in there. They like to get enough out just not to feel like they don't need to go anymore. Back to playing they go with a care in the world.
2. Travel beds are a thing: I wish I knew about these things a long time ago. This would of saved me so much headache. I hate seeing Bash dangling there in the backseat bobbing back and forth. I road with a friend and had the luxury of using one of these bad boys. If you're looking for something and want safety in mind do your research and get one of these amazing things. They make your kiddo comfortable and when they are tired they are on the edge. They are also putting you over that said edge as well.
3. Bring toys and snacks: I have baskets in my truck for snacks and toys along with a little trash can. Your kiddo will always proclaim that they are hungry as soon as you get on the road. If you are heading somewhere you can't stop to eat before and you've have forgotten to feed them in the rush of leaving home. This is why I have the baskets with snacks that can stay in the car. I live in Texas so the car does get really hot. So I always get snacks that can handle the heat or sometimes I find a cool spot in the car and store it there. Bastian has toys that are solely only for the car. I don't let him take them out when we go anywhere and I don't let him add new toys only replace them. I limit it to about 2-3 toys so it doesn't make a mess in the car. Never let it be the favorite toy because always want to bend the rules with their favorites.
Here are some more tips on traveling with your little including flying!
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