Holiday Travel Recap: Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

At this point in the year, we hope your suitcases are unpacked from holiday travel and you can finally exhale! We looked over our holiday travel notes and wanted to share this recap from our friends at Simply Real Moms. Have any tips you want to share with us from your holiday travels? Share them in the comment section below.

Here are some simple tips to help make your travels a lot smoother with your toddler:

Get them their own luggage.

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Not only is Melissa & Doug’s Trunki the perfect size for toddlers to pull, they can fit a ton of their toys and snacks in it. I recommend letting them choose which toys they want to bring. Don’t let their age fool you, they know what they like and don’t like! The Trunki is also great because if their little legs get tired from walking, they can actually sit on top and can ride it while you pull. It’s pretty much a win-win!

Snacks! Snacks! Snacks!

Did I mention snacks? There’s nothing worse than a hungry toddler. Pack nutrient-rich foods that are low in sugar and easy to eat on the go. Stay clear from sugary fruit snacks, chips, and candy bars. Look for items like pouched applesauce, bowls of fruit, pretzels, raw nuts, homemade trail mix, granola bars, etc.

New Toys

Traveling with Kids 3Sure, they packed their own toys that they love! But the idea of a new toy on a long trip can make for one happy toddler. We like to find an educational toy that will keep their little brains busy. Toys like Melissa & Doug’s Switch & Spin Magnetic Gear Board (pictured above), wooden puzzles, and reusauble sticker pads make transit go so much faster! I recommend unwrapping mid-trip; that’s when they usually start to get anxious!

Get the Sillies Out!

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Even if the airline lets families traveling with small children board first, we like to wait until the end to board. Why? Kids don’t have the patience adults do! All of that waiting for everyone to get on the plane to board can really be taxing for a kid. Let your toddler run or walk around, stretch their legs, and wear them out before boarding!


Simply Real Moms postJasmine, mom of two, is an editor at Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing current, relevant advice to today’s parent. Simply Real Moms covers topics of all shapes and sizes, including parenting articles, a fresh selection of mom-tested recipes, firsthand product reviews, the latest fashion and beauty trends, health and wellness tips and more.