Stroller travel tip

Don’t check your stroller unless you plan to carry your child in a sling.

Most airlines will allow you to push your stroller all the way to the gate. They’ll then check it at the gate and have it waiting for you outside the plane door when you deplane. Some airlines will even let you bring a small stroller on board if there is space.

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Vacation travel tip

Be sure to pack your itinerary (including any phone numbers you’ll need) and a map of your destination in your carryon. Nothing is worse than struggling to find your hotel with tired children in tow.

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Pre-vacation preperation

If possible, Take your child to the airport on a day you’re not flying and show her what the people are doing: standing in lines, going through security, etc.

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Looking good while flying

People are far more apt to be patient and less likely to presume that your kiddos will be a detriment to their flight if the family looks respectable.

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Being prepared when traveling

When traveling always carry a change of clothes for your child and it is advisable to carry a change of top / t-shirt for yourself too. You never know when you will need it.

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Airport security tip

When traveling, don’t forget that airport security is going to want to see any liquids in your bag.

Keep all liquids together (don’t forget any medicines you may be bringing) and keep them in one container so you can easily show them when asked.

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Sleeping when traveling tip

Toddlers are often used to their normal bedtime routine and may have difficulty sleeping in a new place.

Don’t be afraid to bring a port-a-crib if you have room for it inside a tent, cabin, or camping trailer. Infants and toddlers may sleep better if given their own space and parents will sleep better knowing that their child is in a safe place during the night.

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Camping with kids

Unless your family is used to more rustic activities, it is best to choose a campsite with running water and clean restrooms that include showers when camping with a toddler.

Many campsites offer swimming pools and playgrounds that make camping with a toddler much more enjoyable. Some campsites are more family friendly than others.

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Drinks and air travel

When traveling via air, remember to pack any drinks in clear plastic zip-up bags because the cabin pressurization can result in leaks even in the most otherwise spill proof cups.

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Organize your own learning experience

Visit farms, go camping or take the kids hiking. While toddlers may not be able to enjoy the outing as much as an older kid would, it can still be a great learning experience if you prepare the trip in advance. For example, you can talk about farm animals, practice writing their names or discuss what they eat or how they live.

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Run your toddler ragged before flying

When traveling on a plane, wear your toddler out beforehand. Run around the airport! No sitting allowed until they board the plane! Allow extra airport time for releasing energy before your flight’s departure.

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Change of clothes when traveling with toddlers

When traveling carry a change of clothes for your child ALWAYS and it is advisable to carry a change of top / t-shirt for yourself too. You NEVER know when you will need it.

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