When it comes to traveling, we’re fairly light packers. We love having less to keep track of and try to keep things simple. This same rule applies to bringing things for Sebastian. We always pack his own suitcase and bring it as a carry-on. For this trip, we brought a few more things, like Elmo, crayons and a magnetic drawling board (which he hardly used). Trying to see what he likes and doesn’t like so hopefully we can guess correctly next time. I won’t go into everything we brought, but I’ll share our current absolute essentials for traveling with a toddler. Every trip with him, we learn more and more. It allows us to be more prepared and efficient each time.
We are the “1 toy” kind of parents. We like to stick to that rule when we’re out and about in the city and traveling. He played with this little push and pull car in the water and while we were walking the streets of Cartagena. I’d recommend bringing a toy that can be used in almost any environment. Water, concrete, carpet, etc. It used to be Sophie the Giraffe, but I got saw pictures of the ones that had been in the water. Nope. No mas.
If I were to recommend one thing to anyone, especially city parents, I’d recommend this portable changing pad by Skiphop. It’s a lifesaver. It also made our baby travel essentials post as well. We take it everywhere and we always have it stocked with a few diapers, wipes and medicine. Super compact, super portable, and keeps Sebastian from being directly on the ground.
A few weeks ago, I had a lightbulb go off in my head. “Oh my goodness we can record Sebastian’s shows on our phone!” We don’t always have access to wifi, especially on international flights, so in crisis moments, we need to have a show to distract Sebastian. This was so crucial for our 16 hr hour travel day. He did amazing. The little singalong shows are not just great for keeping him entertained but it’s helping him to start learning too. And the reality is, if we can keep him calm and not having a fit on the plane, we are all for it. The last thing we want, especially on an overnight flight is for him to be screaming while others are trying to work or sleep. Here are directions on how you can do it on your phone too.
We have more posts coming this week from our trip to Cartagena including a Cartagena Travel Guide, everything I wore in Cartagena and we decided to do a dedicated post for Sebastian’s #ootd.
Would love to hear some of your tips and tricks for traveling with a toddler. Please share with the rest of the community. Sharing is caring, especially when it comes to motherhood!