Five Essential Tips for Taking Your Toddler on Vacation

Vacation with Toddlers

The terrible twos are terrible for a reason. Between learning to talk, starting to walk, to the teething and the “why” phase you certainly do have your work cut out for you. Just because they are a challenge at this age, however, doesn’t mean your life has to stop. On the contrary, they are finally at an age where you can start to safely start to travel with them, and by following these essential tips for taking your toddler on vacation, you can reduce the stress and improve the experience all-round.

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Tips for Taking Your Toddler on Vacation

Choose a Family-Friendly Destination

Traveling with your toddler is going to be difficult. It is all the stress from home combined with the stress of travel – in short, it could be a nightmare if you don't prepare beforehand and know what to expect. To help you choose the best destination (and subsequent accommodation), you will want to choose a place that:

  • Has Things for Adults and Kids 

Going to Disney World can be great fun for kids, but if you are the parent who will absolutely hate the experience, then this trip wasn’t worth it. Similarly, if you choose a destination that isn’t kid-friendly, then your toddler will likely have a thing or two to say about it. Instead, find one that has something for both of you, and don’t be scared to bring your kid to, say a museum. Just remember to keep them off any of the exhibits!

  • Has all the Needed Amenities

Choosing a vacation home is ideal in this situation because you can forget about trying to accommodate their fussy eating habits at a restaurant and can instead prepare food right at home just the way they like. This makes snacks, meals, and even sleep cycles easy to maintain.

Find Out All That There is to Do And See

There are so many helpful guides out there online for you to use at your leisure. Simply find the ones that appertain to your destination, and make note of their suggestions. This way you can cut down on all the options in a big city like San Francisco and instead narrow down your itinerary to the top 25 places to visit as outlined on Depending on how long you are planning on staying, narrow that list down further to what truly interests you, and you will be sure to have a great time.

Tips on How to Get There

The younger they are, the less fun they will have on a plane. That is why going by train or by car can be the far superior option. Not only that, but it can also be very cost effective. If you do go by plane, use price comparison apps so that you can at least fly on the cheapest days, but remember to book your seats ahead of time so that you can all sit together. Never leave that to the day of and hope other passengers will switch with you.

It will take time to master the art of travel with a young child, but don’t let that stop you from traveling. Just remember to be firm. Children might not always behave, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set down rules for them. Do this, and you will all have a much better time on your vacation.  


Lora Langston
Lora Langston

Lora is a homeschooling mom, writer, creator of Kids Creative Chaos, and Director of the Play Connection.

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