Limit to one activity a day so it will be easier to make some last-minute adjustments to your planning if your child wants to spend for time playing at the hotel’s pool or in the room.
Your toddler might get bored if he/she has to stay still or sit for a long period of time, it is better to plan visiting family-friendly places where everybody will get something interesting to do/see.
Avoid over-crowed places, places without shade,… any places that will make it challenging to be with a young child.
Choose a family-friendly hotel with pool, playground, kids club,… so that you can have some relaxing time while keeping your child busy and entertained.
Bring plenty of drink and snacks, especially during the flight as children can get dehydrated during the flight and might want to eat before the meal is served or just simply don’t want to eat the airline meal.
Plan frequent stop if you are driving to let you and your family stretch their legs and release some energy.
Bring some of their toys (obviously take the smaller ones), you could also bring new books, puzzle,…. that you will give them during the trip to keep them busy.
Try to pack as lightly as possible, too many bags, stroller,… will make your trip a nightmare especially if you have to transfer by train or taxi and have to carry all your belongings with you all the time.
Don’t forget the sunscreen and insect repellent. Bringing a cream to sooth insect bites would be a good idea as well.
Bring a light First-aid kit with you to deal with minor medical problems that might happen during your trip.
Your baby might experience ear pain during take off and landing by plane. Give them their pacifier, bottle or breastfeed.
Better stick to the same routine than they are used at home like the bedtime ritual of bath, lullabies,…
Last but not least…have fun 😉