Grateful: Toddler Travel Edition

I am so grateful for our recent holiday to Brisbane. It was our first proper holiday as a family, and I learned a thing or two along the way. Here are a few the things that I was very grateful for when away from home with a 32 month old.

~ family! Seriously, what could be better than taking along grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins? The many extra pairs of hands is always welcome, as well as play mates on tap. Big cousins also teach little cousins lots of great new things – like brushing hair and teeth with no fuss, and eating your dinner! It was also lovely having family living nearby to visit. The kids loved hanging out with their new baby cousin and playing on the back lawn – complete with macadamia tree (!!) and plenty of lizards for entertainment.

Cousin love{Absorbed in the art of baby watching}

Big cousins are the best{Brushing teeth with her big cousin}

~ play grounds. Do yourself a favour and research local play grounds near your holiday destination before you go, especially if you have under five year olds. Sea World was awesome, but really didn’t compare to the playgrounds we visited in the eyes of our toddler. Is there anything that brings more joy to a little one than a swing and a slide?

New Farm Park{Playing in the tree top play ground at New Farm Park}

~ supermarkets. We frequented our local supermarket for basics, like toilet paper, weetbix, fruit and sandwich supplies. This really helped to cut down costs. We made breakfast and lunch for Pebble every day, usually only buying dinner and maybe a snack or two (hello ice cream!).

First ice cream{Pebble eating her first ever ice cream! She has been given it before, but never really eaten it. It took a loooong time, lick by lick, but she finished it – and a new love of ice cream was born}

~ public transport. Especially when that public transport is a smoothly gliding boat travelling along the banks of a river. We thoroughly enjoyed making the most of the Brisbane City Hopper and City Cat. The City Hopper is free and the City Cat is very reasonably priced.

grumpy toddler{Pebble on the City Cat. The sour puss face is directed at her Mummy taking yet another photo. The Cat ride was all good fun}

~ toys and books. I took advice from Aunty Julie – we packed three small favourite teddies and a small backpack full of little toys (ponies, boys, girls, babies, cars). These characters could become anything, anywhere, and took up hardly any luggage space. These, along with a mattress on the floor, a pile of pillows and an empty built in wardrobe made for play heaven for those short times that we were in the apartment. We took about ten favourite books, which were well worth their baggage weight at bed time.

Toddler on a plane {Using some of our art supplies on the plane. Pebble was a total pro at air travel, no probs at all}.

~ Art supplies. I packed a pencil case full of crayons, textas, pencils, stickers and paper. We also packed a small tub of Micador early stART First Dough and Micador Early StART Washable Oil Pastels. The dough and pastels came in easy to pack containers and were really, really washable. The dough is easy for little hands to mould, a little stickier than playdough, and comes in four vibrant colours that can be mixed together to make new colours. Any dough left on little hands rinsed right off in water. We played on plastic placemats for easy clean up. The oil pastels were perfect for creating that gorgeous smudging effect that kids love, but wash off SO easily. I fell in love with them. Micador kindly sent the dough and pastels to us to try out, no strings attached (as well as some other goodies that we’ll be playing with soon). Thank you!

Play dough rocks{Playing with Micador Early stART First Dough}

~ My husband. Worth his weight in gold. He pushed the pram up all the big hills (and down them), was the family navigator and our driver, our supermarket shopper and number one Daddy for the whole holiday. Love that man.

Swimming with Daddy{Swimming in the -freezing- hotel pool with Daddy}

What are you grateful for this week?

12 Replies to “Grateful: Toddler Travel Edition”

    1. While I might sometimes feel like I never want to see another playground again, they sure are a life saver. I like finding new local parks all the time, I get bored with same old same old.

  1. Hi, new follower here, holidays with toddlers can get tricky can’t they? Looks like you all had a great time together, I definately find that having other kids & family around makes for a much more relaxing time!
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    1. Absolutely! It makes such a difference to be able to relax and enjoy crafty moments, rather than worry about mess.

  2. Love the pic of Pebble eating her first icecream – priceless!! I might have to look at those Micador crayons, we’re always looking for new drawing tools and I think they sell some of it at our local Big W

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