Traveling with a Toddler?

These 12 Survival Tips Will Save Your Sanity

Flying with very young children probably doesn't rank high on anyone's fun meter. From dealing with temper tantrums to keeping them entertaintained during long flights, traveling can quickly become overwhelming.

But don't worry, because we found 12 survival tips that will make traveling with a toddler a breeze.

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or it's your first time hitting the road with your little adventurer, these tips will help you avoid common pitfalls and make your journey memorable — for all the right reasons.

Expect The Worst

Approach the flight with the mindset that your child will be on their very worst behavior, that the inflight entertainment will be on the fritz, and that everyone else on the plane will glare at you for the duration of the flight.

Most airlines allow families with children to board early to allow families extra time to get seated and settled before the line of (probably impatient) passengers starts to form.

Learn Your Airline’s Policy on Pre-boarding.

Talk to Your Kids About The Trip — Even if You Think They Won’t Understand.

Some little nuggets of information may get through and make that change of routine (often stressful for kids) more bearable.

Use the stroller’s cargo area to hold backpacks and purses – one less thing for the parents to carry. Most airlines allow strollers to be gate checked, which means you’ll get it at the aircraft's door upon arrival versus the baggage claim.

Take a Stroller

Buy The Child Their Own Seat.

While it might be tempting to save the airfare, the extra room is never a bad idea, even if the child sits on the parent’s lap for part of the flight.

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