As a world traveling mom blogger with 3 small children, I get asked for tips, tricks, and recommendations on the daily. One question I hear time and time again along the lines of "We're taking our toddler on a long road trip, what toys should we bring??" or "What should we bring to keep my child entertained during a long flight??" So, I figured it's about time I blogged about it!
Below are my personal favorites, and ones I haven't tried but have seen recommended time and time again in my various blogger and mommy circles!! Have something you love but don't see below? Be sure to leave a comment and I'll update the list ASAP!
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Best Toys for Traveling with Toddlers
The key here is finding toys that are lightweight and compact, that will keep your child entertained for more than 60 seconds, and won't make a mess. In addition to the below products, there are lots of DIY (very budget-friendly) things that are great - such as sensory bags (sealed ziplock bags filled with gels, sparkles, buttons, shaving cream etc that the child can kinda mash around and play with - just be careful if flying, you must stay within the 3-1-1 regulations for liquids and gels if it's not food or drink for the child) and even latex gloves - they can be balloons, tickle devices, fun to draw on, or even filled with ice or water!
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Best Gear for Traveling with Toddlers
I wouldn't call any of these "essential" but you may find some of them could really make your travel with a toddler a lot easier!
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Other Helpful Items for Traveling with Toddlers
Please check with your child's doctor before using either of these and discuss possible side effects, risks, and benefits. About 5% of children become hyperactive instead of drowsy after taking Benadryl, so this is definitely something you would want to test out BEFORE setting off on your trip!!
So, what do you think of our list? Have you used any of the above? Do you have any others to recommend or warn against? What's the longest trip you've taken with your child? We'd love to hear your stories! Leave a comment below!!
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I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1). This blog is chock full of product reviews, family travel guides, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, and several guides focused on kid-friendly activities and guides to South Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, as well as family-friendly destinations beyond the NYC area (check the menu bar!)