A Few Traveling Tips To Save You A Major Meltdown!

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Traveling is fun when things fall in their place as you move forward with every tour, every hotel stay, every plane stop without a meltdown.

Meltdown here is referred to your little one’s discontent when going may be too tough. It’s not an everyday situation when routine is being followed and surroundings around are familiar and friendly.

With cars, and planes, and a gazillion of new faces, little children could be easily upset, and cause some scenery when it’s less desirable or accepted.

Yep, you gotta look at this with peace inside, accept it, and do something to remedy the situation quickly.

Here are some “tricks” that could be used as a prevention to any major “misbehave” in your little ones.

Use Educational Apps on your phone or iPad
These work like a breeze in a car, plane or on the go. Kids love games, especially if they are offering new challenges and allow then interactions. There are a lot of great free and for a dollar or two apps that could save you major meltdowns.

Keep with you a small favorite “forgotten” toy
Get ready for your trip by packing away one of the favorite toy items. Do it ahead of your trip, so your child can “forget” about it. During the “meltdown” these “forgotten” toys could really make a huge difference, as they bring familiarity, yet a bit of novelty to your upset sunshine.

My toddler likes little LEGO figurines. I have a few stacked away, so they could be a pleasant surprise for him during our long overseas travel. Such quick fixes can really brighten a child’s spirit and boost a positive outlook on the current situation.

Should you use food items to smother the meltdown?
In some situations, when you gotta calm your child quickly, her favorite food could be that savior. Especially, when you travel in crowded places like trains and planes. Keep your child’s snack food with you, just in case.

There are many other ways you could use to keep yourself away from major meltdowns. Just make sure that:

  • You always do the calming-down in a peaceful and loving way, no matter how many upset faces are staring in an disapproving way
    Make sure that your child is well-rested before the trip, which could truly prevent any major upsets, and
    Smile at your child, talk to her, tell her what you are doing and why: that could keep your kiddo emotionally involved in the whole process of traveling

Traveling is for having a good time, pleasant experiences and creating memories. And when those meltdowns occur, well, they just will make that trip a memorable one too. Smile!


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  1. Our 2 year old is REALLY tough to have in the car for long distance travel so any kind of tips are greatly appreciated!
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  2. This should help me handle a couple rowdy boys when traveling.
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