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Lately, we’ve been bitten by the travel bug. We look forward to our weekend getaways and we try to get away at least once a month as long as our schedule allows us. Traveling with our kids has opened up their eyes to a whole new world around them and I love exploring and seeing each city we visit through their eyes. Each trip we take, I’m learning more and more about what exactly I need to bring and what I can leave at home. I’m a chronic over-packer so it’s been a challenge for me to only bring the things I need along with me. I want to be prepared for anything but still have a manageable amount of luggage with us. I’ve pretty much mastered my list for my husband and even my son but my toddler is where I struggle. So these tips help remind me what I actually need to bring and what I can leave home.
This is where I struggle. I always bring way too many clothes but I’m gradually getting better with this. I make sure to check the weather before we go so I know what to expect. A light jacket is a must along with 3 outfits. Then I’ll bring two extra because toddlers are messy. For shoes, I bring a comfy pair of walking sneakers and a pair of shoes. This way if we go out to dinner or somewhere fancy she has another option besides sneakers.
DIAPERS & PERSONAL CARE
Diapers and swim pants are still a part of our lives so this is one thing I don’t want to run out of. I pack what I think I’ll need for the weekend and then double it. You always need more diapers than you plan on and in case of any foreseen illness, it’s better to be prepared. The same goes for baby wipes. The more the merrier.
I used to bring along a bag of toys to keep her busy but it turns out I never needed them. Most of the time, she’s so busy from exploring the city and walking around that she never needs them. I still bring one or two things including her tablet just in case, but more often than not, we don’t use them.
FOOD & SNACKS
I usually pack a cooler with water and snacks not only for the car ride down but for the hotel room too. It saves me from having to run around and find a store when we get into town when we could be doing something fun instead. Toddlers like to snack and having some of their familiar favorites from home ensures that there will always be something they like to eat.
Another must-have for these trips is Enfamil® Enfalyte® an oral electrolyte solution for toddlers that helps restore hydration due to not only illness, vomiting, and diarrhea but also for hot days and after exercise.
The weather has still been pretty warm on the East Coast and our last few trips the weather has been downright hot. It’s easy for toddlers to get dehydrated and since my toddler loves to walk independently (no stroller for this girl) or run around, on these hot days dehydration is a real concern for me. Especially being far away from home.
Enfamil® Enfaylte® is an oral electrolyte solution designed to quickly replace electrolytes and water kids might lose during exercise and on hot days.
The clear drink formulation has no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners and it’s made by the maker of Enfamil, the #1 brand of infant formula recommended by pediatricians. Enfalyte has been trusted by hospitals for over 25 years and is now available in two mild flavors – Cherry Splash and Mixed Fruit.
MOMMA TIP: IF YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT DEHYDRATION, ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR PEDIATRICIAN.
For more tips on maintaining hydration, click here.
What are some of your travel must-haves for toddlers?
This is sponsored by Enfamil® Enfalyte® Oral Electrolyte Solution.