We're back from Costa Rica! It was amazing to see another country and experience their culture. We stayed at the Dreams Las Mareas, an unlimited luxury resort, tucked into a cove right on the Pacific Ocean. As you can see from the photos it was STUNNING!
We had some bumps in the road with James, so I wanted to share what I wish I knew before we left! Here are 5 tips on traveling with a toddler to make your life easier (you're welcome):
1. PACK THEIR FAVORITE FOODS/SNACKS:
We know James loves to snack, don't all toddlers?! Thankfully our flight had a few items he would eat. I didn't know we were allowed to bring our own snacks from home. Do yourself a favor, pack ALL THE SNACKS! Along with snacks; pack a TON of small dollar store/ Target dollar spot activities. A few of our favorites are reusable stickers, coloring books and magic marker books.
2. KEEP IT LIGHT:
Pack a backpack with snacks, toys, diapers, activities, a bottle, etc. (for travel and during your trip.) I love the minimalist backpack from RYLA PACK (as pictured above.) It's the perfect size for all the toddler essentials and some room for moms things too! They also carry a tan and grey color, click over to RYLAPACK.com and use our code BRIT20 to get 20% off all their bags. It was a LIFESAVER on this trip! (link is an affiliate link)
3. DOWNLOAD THIS APP:
Upon returning to the US, we skipped line OVER (about) 1,000 people waiting in customs, just to get back into the states. It took us about 5 minutes to get through and we weren't late for our connecting flight. I seriously think we would of been waiting in line for hours and would of missed our flight completely.
The app can be found here: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/mobile-passport-control
4. KEEP ROUTINE:
Being in a weird place can make babies and toddlers feel uncomfortable. If you keep to their normal schedule, it will help things not feel so foreign (pun intended.)
Check out what your surroundings have to offer for kids! The trip should implement fun for them too, often resorts have special activities for kids/families.
Hope these tips help you on your next journey!!