Carol App Team
Community Questions- Travelling abroad with a toddler!
"Please share some advice for travelling abroad with a toddler. We haven't been away with our daughter yet and have our first trip very soon!!"
Absolutely - here are some tips for travelling abroad with a toddler that we tend to stick by to help make things easier!
1. Plan, Plan, Plan: Taking some time to plan your trip before you go makes things so much easier. I know it sounds obvious but so many of us don't do this and from our experience, it really does help. Even if it's for 10 minutes and you add some quick notes to your phone - research your destination, google map the hotel/where you're staying and see whats around including kid-friendly activities, local amenities and things to do. We all know that travelling with kids means no laying down by the pool or on the beach all day anymore (sigh!) - finding activities to keep the little ones entertained is a must! Make a list of essentials to pack for your toddler too, such as toys, books, lots of snacks, nappies, SPF etc - having a well-thought-out plan will give you peace of mind and ensure you're prepared for any situation that may arise.
2. Timing: When choosing your travel dates, consider your toddler's schedule, particularly if they are still having a nap. Try to opt for flights that align with their nap time or bedtime, so they can sleep on the plane (hopefully!). For longer haul journeys, it can also be helpful to plan shorter flights with breaks in between, allowing your little one to stretch their legs and burn off some energy.
3. Snacks and Entertainment: Toddlers have boundless energy and a never-ending appetite and don't we know it! Pack a variety of snacks that are easy to eat on the go, favourite toys, books, or electronic devices to keep them entertained during the journey. Be prepared for the occasional meltdown or boredom and have a few surprises up your sleeve to keep them engaged like a new small toy car for example.
4. Adjusting to New Time Zones: Jet lag can be tough for anyone, including toddlers. To help your little one adjust to a new time zone, try gradually shifting their routine a few days before the trip. Once you arrive at your destination, expose them to natural light and encourage activities that align with the local time. Be patient—it may take a few days for their internal clock to reset.
5. Take It Slow and Embrace Flexibility: Travelling with a toddler requires a flexible mindset. Be prepared to slow down your pace, take breaks, and go with the flow. Allow for extra time when exploring attractions or navigating through airports. Embrace the unpredictability and find joy in the little moments along the way. Remember, it's not just about the destination, but also about the journey and the memories you create together.
Remember, travelling with a toddler may have its challenges, but embrace the adventure, cherish the quality time together, and be open to the unexpected. The world is your playground, and with your little explorer by your side, every journey becomes a remarkable story waiting to be told.