If we think travel is tough on us, what must it be like for a little person who doesn’t understand one bit of it and, by the way, didn’t really give her/his stamp of approval to this itinerary.
We know travel is worth it. We get to see friends and family, and experience new places, smells, sites and tastes. So, we continue to do it. With every new stage of development we try our best to make the journey fun or at least manageable for everyone involved. Traveling with a 2 year old (or nearly 2 as the case may be) is much different than traveling with a 1 year old and we want to be armed with a “discovery bag” full of options to keep things running along smoothly. So, here it is, my top 5 travel tips for Travel at 2…
1. Bring lots of SNACKS. Obvious, I know. This isn’t your first rodeo. But, I like to introduce new snacks to keep things exciting. I found these and they were a huge hit and best of all they’re organic: http://www.diapers.com/p/little-duck-organics-strawberry-mango-tiny-fruits-39705
2. Bring some portable activities. These packable sticker books are fantastic, reusable and a steal: http://www.amazon.com/Little-Airport-Sticker-Activity-Dover/dp/0486412725/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344974156&sr=1-3&keywords=dover+activity+book Add a small sketch pad and a baggie filled with crayons for more fun.
3. Bring snuggly items for that nap you’re hoping for. Favorite blankets and this type of compressible packing pillow helped seal the deal for us: http://www.rei.com/product/794982/rei-backpacker-pillow
4. Bring a brand new toy. I Spy Bags are fun for travel and they are lightweight: http://www.etsy.com/listing/106042408/i-spy-bag-mini-with-sewn-word-list-and
5. Lastly, when all else fails…Ipad. We aren’t video/tv fans for our toddler but when it comes to travel, we bend the rules. Here are great headphones for little ears: http://www.amazon.com/Kidz-Gear-Wired-Headphones-Kids/dp/B0007NWL70 (I recommend practicing with them to get your child used to wearing these prior to travel). I searched high and low for a video I felt was sweet, slow-moving and accessible and the winner for us was “Kipper the Dog”! It comes as a series of 8 minute stories, so there are multiple places to stop the show and transition into something else. If you are looking for Ipad games, we have found the Apps by Duck Duck Moose to be pretty straight forward, educational and least annoying 🙂 : http://www.duckduckmoosedesign.com/educational-iphone-itouch-apps-for-kids/fish-school/ And, of course, there are so many books to download as well, your entire library is now portable!