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We moved! Traveling with a toddler.

So we finally moved!

Needless to say, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Moving with a one-year-old is a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re moving to a different city.


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Hubby packed all of our things up into a moving van and drove down to our new place, and got everything set up for us, and a week later Matthew and I flew down. So I had to pack enough things to last us a week(kids seem to need a lot of stuff!), but not so much that I would struggle with a million bags and at the airport.

 

Saying our goodbyes!

 

 

I ended up packing two carry-on sized bags (which I ended up checking for free. Southwest is awesome!), plus my diaper bag. Thankfully, my sister and cousin were flying with me, so I had help entertaining and chasing Matthew. I don’t know how people do it on their own! I’m kind of terrified to fly with Matthew by myself, he seems to have never ending energy.


I tried to let him run around and use up all his energy while waiting for our flight at the gate, which he totally took advantage of. He was saying hi to everyone, taking in all the sights and sounds of the airport, and just enjoying himself. Unfortunately, our flight got delayed by about an hour due to weather issues. This wouldn’t have been a problem, except for the fact that our flight was in the evening, our new place was an hour from LAX, and Matthew has an early-ish bedtime. This pretty much guaranteed that he would be cranky toward the end of the flight and during the car ride. But all things considered, he did great! I made sure to pack my diaper bag full of snacks, treats, and other distractions to keep him busy on the flight.

Here are some of my travel essentials:

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Hand sanitizer/wipes

Window clings (I got mine at the Target dollar spot. Make sure you have a window seat!)

Stickers or activity books (probably best for older kiddos, mine didn’t know how to peel off the stickers)

Magnetic drawing board, or regular pad of paper with a pencil. Or invisible ink coloring book.

Snacks (puffs, pretzels, organic gummy bears, lollipops, seaweed snack packs, and other non-messy finger foods)

iPad or tablet for cartoons (I’m not really for screen time for young ones, but in this sort of situation, anything that keeps them occupied is worth it)

Headphones for the cartoons

Baby Tylenol (just in case)

Diapers, wipes, changing pad, and diaper waste bags

Extra set of clothes for little one and an extra shirt for yourself (in case they spill something on you or get sick)

 

Hope that helps anyone that has a trip planned with little ones.

 

We are loving our new home and enjoying exploring our new city. I’m especially loving that I have a new space to decorate, maybe I’ll do a “home tour” once I finish everything!

 

Do you have any tips or tricks for traveling with kids??

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