By: Jennifer Murray

Tots Travel Too (Awesome Giveaway!)

Traveling with Toddlers is no cake walk. 

The Packing. The Planning. The Airport.

Or Arguably Worse, Hours Trapped in CAR SEATS.

Then when you arrive at your destination you are home free, right?  Well not exactly.

If you’ve experienced life with a toddler, you know full well that there’s never truly a “break” from motherhood, even while on vacation.  There are kid friendly meals to fix, baths to give, and a nap schedule that’s not worth sacrificing.  Your little one needs time to move, play, and safely explore. 

I’m hoping through this post we can all brainstorm and exchange our tried and true “Tricks and Tips for Travelling with Toddlers”.  Hopefully we can learn from one another’s mistakes and successes in order to ensure “smooth sailing” for our future travels.

Here’s a short video of ways we’ve learned to survive a hotel stay with toddlers…


In our experience in traveling with toddlers some hotels have been more “kid friendly” than others.  Thankfully, there’s a great hotel chain we LOVE who “gets it”. Marriott’s Tots Travel Too has got you covered for travelling with little ones with free travel cribs with Coverplay covers, bath toys, nightlights, outlet covers, disposable bibs, and more!

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And here’s the BEST part: They are offering one reader of this blog a

$250 Gift Card to Marriott Hotels

and a Tots Travel Too Welcome Basket. All you have to enter is leave a comment with your own “Tricks and Tips for Travelling with Toddlers”!

Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!


I am working in partnership with Marriott and to cover the Marriott Tots Travel Too program and have received a stipend for my efforts, but naturally my opinions are all my own.

174 Responses to “Tots Travel Too (Awesome Giveaway!)”

  1. Holly
    June 30, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    I always make a trip to the consignment store & dollar store and pick up some new things and keep them put away until we arrive at our destination. And lots of snacks in the car…again new and interesting snacks!!!

    When all else fails we resort to the DVD in the van. Hey, can’t be perfect!

  2. Jenny from Mommin' It Up
    June 30, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    We travel with the portable DVD player in the car, and their favorite CD’s in the CD player, lots of snacks, and always bring their favorite bedtime books from home so we can keep the routine as routine as possible!

  3. leah
    June 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    our advice?? travel with the GRANDPARENTS!!!

  4. Catherine
    June 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    I always make sure to take their noisemakers…they need the familiar white noise sound to sleep and it blocks out hallway noise.

  5. Rebecca
    June 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    We have 4 kids (3-8). We let each kid chose 2 special things (usually to sleep with), then 2 toys to play with. We put the toys in a container, so we know exactly where they are (and where to put them away). Also each child chooses 2 movies. Lots of snacks, and several stops along the way also help with being in the car. And the new best thing is the iphone. All the kids love the games and movies that are on them. 🙂

  6. Colleen
    June 30, 2010 at 3:52 pm #


  7. Veronica
    June 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    Snacks, crayons and drawing tablet, dvd player, toys. Extra wipes and set of clothes, extra diapers, leak proof sippy cup.

    Most importantly, a laid back attitude!

  8. Kendra
    June 30, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    I like to get a special toy or book and save it for our trip. Also a variety of snacks in a must for my son!

  9. Jackie Green
    June 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    Get a king-sized bed… that way if our son won’t sleep in his pack-n-play, there’s still lots of room for him in our bed.

  10. audrea
    June 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    For a “one-night layover,” pack a bag of just the things you’ll need for that night and the next morning to avoid unpacking the whole car!

  11. Drew's Mom
    June 30, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    We always travel with plenty of snacks – for the car rides, but also for in the hotel room. Nothing worse than having a hungry 3 year old an resorting to the vending machines.

    I also check out the $1 spot in Target and get some new toys/activities for the kids. Things they’ve never seen before, so they are more interested in them.

    We also try to bring with us as much food/water/etc. that we can, because it’s more expensive in your desitination locations. And since kids need lots of snacks to get through a week, it saves lots of money.

    At the hotel, we usually choose a place with breakfast. It’s amazing how much that can save our little family of four – eating out for breakfast can really add up.

    Hope I win! 🙂

  12. Julie
    July 1, 2010 at 1:03 am #

    I like to go to the dollar store and get some fun/cheap toys. Also, ziplock bags and lots of them! They are great for everything

  13. Helen
    July 1, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    My tip is travel when your kids are freshest — for us this would be leaving early. We try to book early flights. Yes it is a hassle to get up early with all the last minute things that have to be done the night before, but it makes things so much easier to do it before they get tired. Usually we arrive at our destination by midday, in time for a much needed nap for the whole family. Taking early flights also means you have a better chance get on a later flight if your flight were to be cancelled or delayed.

  14. Laura
    July 1, 2010 at 2:24 am #

    Bring along children’s medicine and thermometer. I have had many a sick child on vacation and it is so much easier with that stuff easy access and less expensive.

    Car travel is awesome with Crayola Color wonder coloring books. It keeps my girls happy all day with no mess!

  15. Christina Johnson
    July 1, 2010 at 2:47 am #

    We always travel with a “sound machine.” It creates “white noise” that makes for a good night’s sleep in a noisy hotel and it’s also familiar since our twins have had one in their room since they were infants. LIFESAVER! 🙂

  16. Bethel Randall
    July 1, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    We travel with “Little Red” as my triplets plus one affectionaly named a large wheely backpack. “Little Red” is packed with small paperback books; magazines like Zootles, Ladybug, Highlights; hand held games; doodle pro’s; snacks (especially lollypops and sweet things for little ears on airplane presurization changes), a change of clothes, underwear for the whole family and the all important lovie of each child’s choice.

  17. Sonja
    July 1, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    We travel at night while they sleep. Once we drove on a “great west” road trip (6210 miles). Before we left we showed our two kids the map of the US and compared a typical 1hr trip to Gradmas to our trip out west. They quickly saw it was going to be an adventure.

  18. melissa
    July 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    when going on a long trip (lets say 10 hours) prior to the trip buy 10 gifts that they can use in the car. every hour let them open one gift.

  19. Ashley
    July 1, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    DVD player. New toys (small ones that we can break out at different points in the trip). We also do a ISpy type game with our two year old daughter (do you see the bird? What noise does a bird make?). Our trips don’t usually go over 3 hours yet…so we spend time also singing songs! I haven’t gone crazy yet!

  20. Annie
    July 1, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    I have an infant, so we haven’t had to deal with the toddler problems yet, but we travel through the night so he sleeps the whole way!

  21. Cherie from Queen of Free
    July 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    We actually packed small a bin of small stuffed animals in the car for the Eldest Princess when she was a toddler because she got car sick when watching tv or reading books. That way, she could play pretend and have a variety of “friends” and not get the blahs. 🙂

  22. Amanda
    July 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    I hit up the dollar bin at Target, or the clearance section and get the kids some new toys for the plane ride. It keeps them occupied and if all else fails there’s a box of 25 cent crayons and a pad of paper that will do the trick!

  23. Stefanie
    July 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    I pack lots of snacks and activities.

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