Traveling with young children, especially energetic toddlers, is a journey filled with challenges and joys. It’s like an unsung Olympic sport, requiring strategic planning, endless energy, and a touch of creativity. Our recent trip to Cancun was a testament to this delightful chaos.

Getting There

With my little ones in tow, I discovered that flying with toddlers demands more than patience – it calls for ingenious planning. Imagine this: a toiletry bag, repurposed as the ultimate travel kit, dangling conveniently from the seat tray. It was a treasure trove of snacks, toys, coloring books, and stickers, a veritable lifesaver at 35,000 feet. All of my necessities as well as my kid’s were all within arms reach, no scavenging through the carry-on. Of course, the real heroes of the flight were the iPad and seatback entertainment, captivating my kids for hours on end.

Organize while Packing

The challenge continued at our resort, where our family of four, including my messy toddlers, shared a room. Standard resort rooms aren’t exactly designed for young families, often lacking sufficient storage for all the clothes, toys, and essentials. But thanks to a brilliant TikTok hack, I found a solution that worked wonders – an over-the-door shoe rack for the kids’ clothing. Rolling up their tiny outfits into each compartment was not only efficient but also surprisingly satisfying. It transformed our room from a cluttered mess into a more organized and serene space, much to my relief.

Pool Depth Makes a Difference

Speaking of serenity, let me sing praises for resorts with zero-depth pools. These gems are perfect for families with young kids. Shallow and often smaller, these pools are naturally warmer, making them an inviting playground for little ones. My kids could safely toddle in and out of the water, allowing me to relax with a well-deserved drink without constantly having to chase after them when normally my youngest would be walking up and down the steps like a poolside bartender. Bringing along swim vests and pool toys only added to the bliss, turning pool time into a relaxed and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Travel with Family

And let’s not forget the ultimate ‘must-have’ for any family vacation – grandparents. They’re not just family; they’re the secret ingredient to a truly relaxing holiday. Whether it’s giving you a few moments of peace or creating special memories with their grandchildren, their presence is priceless.


In every stage of life, but especially when you’re navigating the world with little ones, a vacation is not just a good idea – it’s a necessity. Our Cancun adventure was more than just a trip; it was a collection of precious moments and invaluable lessons. With a little planning, a dash of creativity, and the right company, even a vacation with young kids can turn into a story worth telling for years to come.

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