Traveling With Young Children To Disneyland 12 Things You Must Take
With You

Traveling With Young Children To Disneyland 12 Things You Must Take With You

Unless you​ live right near Disneyland then when you​ organize your holiday,​ you​ know that it​ means you​ are going to​ have to​ take into account how to​ get there. There are two issues that you​ need to​ deal with. the​ first is​ what transportation method you’ll use and the​ second is​ how you​ will keep your young children amused on​ the​ way. There is​ no denying that traveling with children is​ a​ whole new test of​ your parental ingenuity.

Do the​ scout/girl guides thing and be prepared with backups and lots of​ distractions. Who knows maybe by following these tried and true tips you’ll arrive triumphant at​ the​ other end…OK,​ maybe not triumphant but perhaps you’ll manage to​ keep your cool the​ whole way and that is​ something!

Here are 12 things you​ need to​ carry with you​ and not in​ the​ trunk or​ luggage hold:

1. A change of​ clothes for each child and socks (it can get cold on​ airplanes and the​ socks provided don’t come in​ any size other than big).

2. Extra clothes for you​ in​ case of​ spills.

3. Tissues (can you​ ever have too many where young children are concerned?),​ a​ few empty plastic bags (to contain any smelly nappies and dirty clothes) and a​ face washer. Take a​ Ziploc bag for the​ face washer so that when it’s wet,​ not everything else in​ your bag gets damp.

4. Variety of​ snack food (cereal,​ sultanas,​ crackers,​ fruit etc) in​ Ziploc bags. if​ you’re on​ a​ plane,​ the​ food never comes quickly or​ often enough and if​ you’re in​ a​ car,​ you​ can guarantee a​ child will be hungry 15 minutes after you​ departed.

5. Drink bottles – disposables are handy but sometimes having the​ comfort of​ a​ familiar drink bottle makes it​ worth taking your child’s with you. it​ depends a​ bit on​ the​ child and how adept they are at​ drinking from a​ regular bottle.

6. A new toy for each child – something they haven’t seen before and won’t see until you​ get going and they start to​ get restless. Make it​ something that isn’t noisy,​ doesn’t take batteries (or if​ it​ does,​ take some spares),​ that they can interact with,​ that doesn’t require your involvement to​ put it​ back together if​ it​ falls apart and that isn’t made up of​ a​ million pieces that can get lost down the​ back of​ the​ seat. a​ tall order I know but I can tell you​ from experience that it’s worth spending a​ bit of​ time choosing something that fits the​ bill.

7. A couple of​ books,​ preferably one or​ two new ones.

8. Balloons – they don’t take up much space and are perfect for that transit stop that seems to​ take forever. There is​ nothing like a​ child chasing a​ balloon to​ make everyone feel that bit better and lighter about life. the​ other thing to​ do with balloons is​ to​ blow them up and then let the​ air out slowly with the​ opening directed at​ the​ child. My children love this. They squint and turn their faces away and then double up with laughter and shout ‘more,​ more’. Again this may require a​ bit of​ discretion because the​ noise of​ an​ exhaling balloon can be loud and well,​ unbecoming.

9. Bubble mix – another space saver that works a​ charm. Best saved for outdoors.

10. Drugs. I’m going to​ get controversial here as​ I know this isn’t a​ choice everyone is​ comfortable with but drugs to​ help children sleep,​ especially on​ long haul flights,​ can be an​ absolute lifesaver – for you​ and the​ child. Taking children across many time zones in​ a​ steel capsule with an​ uncomfortable chair for a​ bed isn’t their choice for a​ good night’s sleep,​ so make it​ easier for them by helping them to​ get some rest. it​ means you​ will all arrive in​ better shape.

11. A favourite toy or​ sleep buddy (preferably something small) can be an​ enormous comfort to​ an​ over-tired or​ stressed child.

12. And lastly don’t forget to​ take something to​ read for yourself. you​ never know they may sleep or​ watch a​ movie and you​ could be left wondering what to​ do with yourself. Nothing too ambitious or​ bulky. a​ magazine or​ short story should do the​ trick

What should you​ put it​ all in? if​ you​ have to​ do any walking,​ a​ daypack is​ best because it​ won’t slip off your shoulders,​ leaves both hands free and has lots of​ compartments so you​ can find things,​ like your wallet,​ in​ a​ hurry.

If this list sounds like a​ lot to​ you,​ believe me when I say that being prepared can make all the​ difference between a​ never-ending ordeal and an​ unusual,​ possibly pleasurable way to​ pass time.

Happy traveling!

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