Hello! Sorry for the lack of updates, I have been very busy ever since we got home not to mention constant allergy attacks *sad face* and I’ve just confirmed that I’m pregnant! *hooray* (will share with you more about that on another post). Anyway, for this post I’m sharing with you all some tips on how to travel with a toddler. There”s a huge difference from the first Singapore trip we had with Gabbie, when she was ten months old to the second trip just after Christmas of 2011 when she’s a year and ten months old.
First and foremost, let’s start with the packing.
Packing light was once a challenge for me, but I’ve somewhat mastered it when Gabbie came into my life. First thing to do before you start packing is to create a checklist.
List down things you need from the hierarchy of needs. I usually put the clothes at end of the list because I’d have to plan outfits based on the itinerary of the trip.
Basic medicines such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, topical creams, antihistamines and such are important to bring on trips. While they may be readily available in the country you plan on vacationing, bringing your own stash of medicines can be your best bet especially during times of emergency.
You can never go wrong bringing your first aid kit with you. Thermometer, gauze, bandages, medicines for your toddler that can be hard to purchase in some countries (that may need prescription from a doctor) are some of the things you need to pack along with you. Since Gabbie has asthma, I made sure I brought along her asthma kit and her anti-histamine meds too.
Yes, I have a pill box *pun intended* with me, this is where I store my vitamins and my anti-vertigo and anti-histamine meds which is more convenient than bringing the entire pack along with me.
I am one of those people who likes sachet packs. May it be for food (ketchup, salt and the like) or for toiletries, I find simple joy
hoarding saving them up for trips. Since my tummy’s quite sensitive to creamers & coffee, I brought my usual staple of coffee, creamer, sugar and tea.
Gabbie is very fond of eating on her own and what better way to make her sit down and dine with us than to buy her own Elmo set of utensils (comes with a plate and bowl) which she really loves.
If you plan on hand-carrying liquids, make sure to put it in zip lock bags and that liquids are under 100 ml/bottle too.
In order to pack light, I had to share my toiletry kit with Gabbie. I didn’t really mind (or I didn’t have a choice?) because we benefit in sharing toiletries such as lotion and cleanser. *heehee*
Now that we’re done with packing let’s proceed to flying.
Gabbie all set to fly. She’s all set thanks to Elmo’s World, her snack and water.
If there are two things Gabbie loves doing it is eating and watching Elmo. Here are some photos to prove so. As long as she’s in a comfortable position, she really is well behaved.
Travelling with a toddler is no walk in the park. It really takes much from you such as time and effort. I don’t know how Brangelina do it but hey, if they can do it I can as well. Just remember the two things you need to consider when traveling with a toddler: comfort and entertainment. Whatever mood your lil’ one is in, all I know is that as long as he/she is comfortable and is entertained then your trip will be less bumpy and more fun. Don’t forget to pack along her favorite toys and food to make sure she’s all set and has everything s/he needs. Remember, a happy baby makes for a very much happy mommy!
Happy Tuesday Everyone!