Florida Inspiration and Toddler Travel

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Away From The City

It’s always a pleasure to rejuvenate and find inspiration when I visit my home state, Florida. Those that aren’t from here simply think of FL as a tropical beach state invaded by tourists, which is semi-correct. See, where I grew up wasn’t much of a tourist attraction at all. I lived in a small lake town outside of Daytona Beach for 21 years (yeah, my whole basically). Growing up I didn’t appreciate this town much. Now that I live in a large metropolitan area outside the city, it is an absolute delight to visit good ol’ Crescent City and feel the peace in living slowly. This 7-day vacation was precisely the getaway my soul longed for. A week of relaxation, rustic & nature vibes, beach trips, girls night, and most importantly.. family time. Staying at my parent’s home made me feel reminiscent of all my childhood moments. Which is why bringing Kaden back to my roots every year is a must, I hope that he too will experience the joy found in a small town, better yet, my home town.

After the photos, I’ve shared my travel experience with him on a plane, plus great tips to make both of your live’s easier!

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Travel Experience w. Kaden

I was exceedingly anxious the night before our flight. Anxiety comes easy to me as it is, and thinking of our first plane ride experience certainly didn’t make it any better. “Traveling with a 13 month old won’t be too bad”, everyone said. However, I thought otherwise of course. I was ready to face 2 hours of madness because my little guy is extremely active and loves to wander off. K will not sit next to me for more than 10 minutes (let alone a couple hours) unless he’s nursing. Surprisingly though, this plane ride was the best so far! Kaden did a wonderful job staying put and calm. On our way back he became a little fussy towards the end of the ride, but it wasn’t bad at all. I wish I could’ve told myself to be a little more positive about the plane ride and realize traveling with a toddler wasn’t as difficult as it sounds.

Here are a few things to keep in mind prior to your trip! Trust me, at least one of these tricks will work for ya!

  • Prior to boarding, ask the airline rep if there are empty rows available. I always purchase my seat in an empty row, however, they always fill up by flying time. I prefer empty rows because even though K still sits on my lap, he wanted his own seat after a while. If an empty row isn’t available, ask for one with an extra seat.
  • Aim for the front or very back of the aircraft. You’ll want quick access to the restroom if needed.
  • Speaking of the restroom, take “potty” breaks. Once the seat belt light goes off and if they begin acting up, the rest room is always the go-to spot lol.
  • Bring various snacks. This is crucial, so remember to pack 2-4 different snacks for your little one to keep them distracted. I recommend fruit and salty snacks instead of sugary ones. You don’t want to awaken the beast within them.
  • Purchase kid-headphones and download a few videos or toddler apps on your phone. Kaden loves Pica Pica, so I made sure to download a few of their videos on my iPhone. He was well entertained for a while.
  • Bring a couple of their favorite toys/books and if possible, purchase a few cheap ones prior to traveling. You can find $1 toys at the dollar tree. This is to keep your child’s attention because what kid isn’t intrigued by new objects, right?
  • Schedule fly-time during nap times. I know nap time varies most days, for K it does. Plus I flew Frontier and I wasn’t given the choice to select a specific time to fly.

I hope this advice gives you more confidence to travel with a toddler After all, everyone knows children can’t behave perfectly anyway!

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Monday, xx.

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6 Comments
  • Rachel zahn

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    This post was great! Love da pics!

    • dianasamantha

      Thank you! & I’m glad you stopped by! xx

  • Kari

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    I love those photos out in the countryside. It looks so peaceful!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    • dianasamantha

      Hi Kari! Yes it was a wonderful trip! Thanks for reading x

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove

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    Those were some great tips for flying with a little one. I totally second the snacks, lots of snacks! And I always make sure to bring hand sanitizer and wipes to try and wipe EVERYTHING down, lol.
    the trip looks great too, makes me a little jealous. And your swimsuit is so cute! Where is it from?

    • dianasamantha

      Oh yeah I keep a mini hand sanitizer with me at all times! Thanks, isn’t it adorable? It’s from Kortni Jeane! They have the CUTEST swimwear, check them out! xx

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