Travelling with a toddler can be fun and stressful at the same time. This could be a memorable trip as you are bringing your child with you to experience new things. It is even better when you are heading to the countryside. There are not a lot of people. You can relax and be one with nature.
The only problem is that you still have to attend to the needs of your child while travelling. In many ways, you will still feel stressed out. Here are some tips to make the trip a more wonderful experience.
Choose the best destination
Be careful in choosing the place to visit. If possible, plan months in advance. There are wonderful locations that are not just breathtaking, but could also be educational. If you are heading to the zoo, make sure there are a variety of animals to see. The zoo must also have a good record in terms of animal treatment. Present the options to your child and decide together where to go.
Take time to experience nature
You don’t just take photos with your kids but also teach them a lifelong lesson of protecting the environment. Take the opportunity to learn how to stay on trails, follow park rules or not taking certain pieces home if they were not meant to be. There are state parks that you can visit as well where you can possibly find protected areas and teach them how to support these conservation efforts.
Make smart food choices
Since you are having a nature trip, you might as well take the time to eat organic food. Buy local products or dine in small restaurants owned by locals. There are places where you can try to join a homestay program so you will experience living the way locals do. It is time to let go of fast food and unhealthy dishes. You can teach your child to do it at this age.
Bring art supplies with you
This trip to the countryside could also be a perfect opportunity for art appreciation. Bring art materials with you during the trip and teach your child how to draw with the natural sceneries as the backdrop. Keep it small so it won’t make your luggage even bulkier.
Prepare the emergency kit
You must have a stash of all emergency supplies especially if you are heading to a remote area. You don’t want to be out there and suddenly run of medicines for your toddler. The nearest hospital could be miles away. You already know your child’s medical history. Don’t take a risk and bring all the necessary medicines with you. Keep the contact number of possible contacts for emergency cases.
Don’t worry about breastfeeding
There are times when you feel too conscious with breastfeeding. You don’t want to make others feel awkward. Although people are more accepting about breastfeeding these days, if you still don’t want to do it openly in public take your stylish scarf out and bring it with you. This time, you can breastfeed anywhere you want without feeling self-conscious. Bring your breast pump as well just in case you need one. If you have other supplies to buy for your baby for the trip, just go online and check Baby Gear Guide.
This trip could be stressful especially if you have forgotten one tiny thing. You don’t want to go back home just to get it. Therefore, days before the trip, everything must be ready. You are no longer just packing for yourself. You also have a toddler to consider. Have a checklist so you will know what else is missing.
Heading to the countryside for a trip with your family should be fun and exciting. It is not too crowded. There are a lot of beautiful places to visit. It is a trip you can learn a lot from. You should give it a try with your entire family and you will have the time of your life. With these tips, you can limit the stress travelling with a toddler brings. Before you hit the road, double-check everything. Most of all, don’t forget to have fun. Take some time off just for yourself during the trip too since this could be your only chance to relax.
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