THE best things in the life are the people we love, the places we have been and the memories we have made along the way!!!
Summer vacations are travel occasions for almost each one of us. Just because you have a toddler at home does not mean you need not enjoy vacations and places. You just need to keep few things in mind as you plan your vacation and you are good to go…
# Clothing :
What to pack for the baby can be understood only once you are aware of the weather of the place you will be visiting. Keep checking Google for your help on this and plan clothing accordingly. Do not over pack, as at the end of the day, it will be you struggling to carry them all.
# Food :
As the child turns two, he or she mostly starts to have a bit of spicy food too, so you get relieved that the child can have anything and everything. But make sure that you keep it light for the baby as you are not in your town and might need a medical assistance if there is an upset tummy problem. Curd Rice/Lemon Rice/ Dal with Chapati/ Yogurt have seemed to be good options for my child always. Keep few things handy (but not junk, things like fried and salted lotus seeds) as you never know your child can turn to be cranky anytime because of hunger too!!!
# Routine :
It is a very important aspect if at the end of the day you don’t want a cranky baby. Try to make your travel brief. Do not over exert the child. What we did when we recently visited Manali, we planned each day of our vacation journey, short. We used to be out each day by 9 or 10 am and finish the site seeing or plan for the day before lunch hours. Then come back to our hotel room to have lunch and later snuggle with the baby for a power nap of an hour or so. Evenings were made busy with light walking or rather shopping and enjoying local cuisines. That way my son enjoyed his day and so could we.
# Things to entertain
At times long flight or train journeys become boring for kids and so they want to create a ruckus out of nothing. Crayons and plain sheets or even news paper can be a good option. Let them scribble as much as they want to. Or if you have a creative head, you can always make up stories for them to enjoy this journey.
Plan your holiday in such a way that you have a day or two extra. In case your child turns sick or too much cranky, you can stay indoors and take care of the child and don’t feel that your vacation is spoiled as you a day extra in hand.
# Medical Care
Before a week to start your trip, get a general check up check up done for the baby and get advisable prescription from the paediatrician in case of emergency. Also, get prescribed, in case you feel the journey is long and your child might suffer from motion sickness.
# Kids friendly place of stay
Choose your stay at a place, which is hygienic, and not too far from the market as you never know what you might need for the child, anytime.
Keep your baby bag ready with an extra pair of clothes, diapers (in case child is not toilet trained), quick food to munch on, wipes, sippy cups with water, a hand towel, first aid kit, vomit bags, disposable diaper sacks and pee safe.
This is what I think is needed to plan a travel with a toddler. If you have anything more to add on …your comments are always welcome….