How to Prepare for Traveling with Toddlers
Written by Terrell & Jarius Joseph in partnership with Shell
One thing you will hear a lot of as a new parent is, “It will get easier as they get older.” This is such a true statement and can be applied to so many areas of parenting; especially traveling. But do we wait until they’re older to start creating memories just because it’ll be “easier?” Absolutely not!
As influencers and parents of two three-year-olds, we have definitely learned a thing or two about traveling with toddlers. The most essential part to making it as stress-free as possible is planning ahead and starting early. When we are traveling with our kiddos, we usually pack 3 days before we are scheduled to leave. This helps to eliminate forgetting things, stress, and an all-nighter the night before you leave. The last thing you want to do is forget things such as masks, wipes and other essential items because you are rushing to pack hours before your trip or don’t get any sleep because there’s a laundry list of things to do.
One part of our trips we always plan ahead of time is how we get from point A to point B. For road trips we always think about where we will stop along the way. Since extra safety and health precautions need to be considered these days, having a reliable place to stop is best. Shell is that stop for us! Their Fuel Rewards® Program helps us save money while we fuel up, and the stations’ convenience allow us to make the most of our stops.
Another tip that has saved us so much time and anxiety is buying new clothes for trips a week in advance. Before you write us off, let us explain why it makes so much sense. Toddlers grow so quickly it’s almost scary. With that said, we have had several trips where we packed clothes or shoes for the kids only to wake up and find the outfit or shoes we picked out for them don’t fit. This forces us to buy clothes in the place we are staying at and everyone knows that is much more expensive. So, what we started doing is shopping for new clothes, because A. who doesn’t love new clothes, and B. it ensures that we have everything we need and that everything fits properly. If there is something you don’t need after the fact, you can always return it but at least you are super prepared. It’s better to have more of what you need than not have what you need.
One of the final tips we have learned to implement on every trip is planning out naps for the little ones. We have come to find that traveling will wear out a toddler quicker than normal so you have to anticipate when they will be ready to recharge. Not only will your toddler appreciate it, but you will too. Trust us, it is no fun being in the car with a cranky and over-tired toddler.
All in all, if you plan ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute you are giving yourself and your family a really good chance of having an amazing time. Although it may seem like you are spending a lot of time prepping, you are potentially avoiding issues that could cause delays and headaches during the trip. At the end of the day, we all just want to enjoy ourselves and create beautiful memories with our families. No one wants to be stressed about the little things, right? Hopefully these tips will help you or someone you know on your future family getaways.
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