Travelling with Toddlers – Best Toddler Travel Advice

Just when you thought you were becoming a pro at this travel with a baby thing, suddenly a change comes over your child.

For some it creeps up slowly, for others, it’s like someone has flicked a switch;

it’s the toddler years.

Best Toddler Travel Advice from Our Globetrotters - Worldwide Family Travel Experts

Your once content tot who was happy to be carried, pushed and hauled around the globe has not just put his/her foot down about this whole travel gig, they’ve stomped all over it, thrown up on it, melted down and toddled away from it.

Those toddler years ARE TOUGH!

It’s at this stage that a lot of parents start to find the thought of travelling with their child beyond the end of the block somewhat overwhelming, and understandably so.

You really need to employ entirely different strategies for a toddler than you do for an immobile infant.  Getting that balance right and avoiding hunger, tiredness and boredom is essential.  Extra stimulation, involvement and planning are essential to toddler travel survival.

Flying with toddlers

Flying with a toddler - travel advice

This has undoubtedly been the hardest aspect for us of toddler travel.  As soon as your beautiful little lap baby outgrows the airline bassinet but can’t independently have their own seat, you are stuck with this squirming bundle of arms and legs.

They are too young still to see the benefits of keeping the headphones on and listening to an iPad, yet too old to have any hope they will simply sleep through the flight.  Here’s a selection of our best toddler flying tips and advice:

10 Toddler flying mistakes we have made (and I bet you have too)

Think your child’s just going to get feed on demand? Think they’re toilet trained so you can dispense with the nappy bag?  Welcome to the big league of parenting in the air!!!  A lot of these lessons we learnt the hard way at 38,000 – read this before your next toddler flight and avoid the same mistakes!

5 things that will NOT be in my toddlers carry-on

Play-doh, are you serious? Individually wrapped gifts? Give me a break!!!!  See what we’re NOT packing on our next toddler flight!

What’s in my toddler’s plane bag

We have some really practical ideas too that have been tried and toddler tested.

Exciting travel Toys for 2 year-olds

A great guest post from Samara at Tiny Fry, she suggests here favourite travel toys perfect for this age group.

Surviving ultra-long haul with no electronics

Can kids survive these days without some sort of electronic device to keep them entertained over long periods?  We look at boredom busters that don’t need a battery.

Best Toddler Learning Apps

And when all else fails and you feel they do need a screen, we look at the best apps to keep toddlers busy and learning on their tablets or electronic devices.

15 practical ways to conquer jet lag

Is the jet lag, in fact, worse than the flight?  Practical pointers on how to deal with this unfortunate aspect of long-haul flying.

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Our Globetrotters complete guide to Flying with Kids

Toddler Travel Gear Reviews

We have frequently had the privilege of testing many innovative new products to the family travel market with our 3 Globetrotters.  See how they stacked up when we put them through their strides!


Toddler Travel Essentials – The Ultimate Travel Gear List

Best Toddler Carriers and Hiking Backpacks

Phil & Teds Traveller – Portable travelling cot

Plane leg pillows and comfort devices – do they work and which airlines allow them

Bed Box by Jet Kids – in-flight sleep solution for kids

How to choose the perfect travel stroller

Compact Travel Stroller Mountain Buggy Nano

Best compact strollers that fit on a plane

How to select the best stroller gate check bags 

The best wheeled car seat bag – Hello Jolie reviewed

Best compact & lightweight double strollers for travel

Toddler travel beds for sleeping on the move

Best Toddler travel pillows and seat comforters

Best travelling high chairs

Best toddler hiking shoes

Best toddler wetsuits

Best car seat travel protection bags

The best pop up beach tents for travel reviewed

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Some of our favourite travel with toddler advice & adventures

Travelling with 3 small children over 5 continents for the last 8 years, we’ve learnt a fair bit about dealing with small people on the move! Whatever age or stage you’re up to, I’m sure we’ve covered it!  Take a look through some of our advice and reflections on toddler travel.

Road Tripping with a Toddler

Our top tips and essential gear to make your car journey with a toddler run smoothly.

Hiking with a Toddler: How to make it fun!

Who says you can’t go hiking with toddler in tow? Keeping little legs motivated, energy levels high and what to do when naps are needed.

Camping with a toddler

Top tips, safety, sleeping and essential gear you’ll want when taking on a camping trip with a toddler in tow.

A day at the beach with a toddler

How best to cope with a toddler when taking on a big day out at the beach; conquering sand, surf & sun.

Potty training toddlers while travelling

Best ways to deal with this important stage if you need to be on the move; from airplanes to lack of facilities. What to pack and how to set expectations

Travelling with a teething tyke

Teething is unpleasant for everyone at the best of times but we look at ways to alleviate the symptoms while travelling.

5 family travel truths my 3-year-old has taught me

A fun look back at all the lessons we learnt about toddler travel once #2 child came along – no two children are the same!

Surviving 16 hours on a plane with 3 under 5

A warts and all, hour by hour recollection of our 16 hour day time flight with three under five to take them from Abu Dhabi to Disney World; How painful was it, really?

Dealing with Fussy Toddlers on Long car trips

Tips on how to make a long road trip with young kids more manageable.

Organised Chaos – Vietnam with Kids

The adventure that started the blog – pregnant with a toddler and preschooler, yes this world travel thing can still be done!!!

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Do you have a toddler travel question to ask? For safety reasons as well as your sanity it is quite a unique travelling age, we know what you are going through!!

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