Tips for Travel with Kids
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One of the toughest things to do with kids is travel. There are so many uncertainties and variables. You are taking the kids out of their normal routine and hoping for the best. This can be so stressful as a parent, especially the first couple times doing it.
Different types of travel can bring different difficulties from a car ride, where you have a little more control to a plane ride where you are essentially trapped with what you have. It also changes with traveling with one child vs two or more!
We’ve done both and wanted to share some of the tips I have for traveling with toddlers.
Plan travel during nap times
This has helped me make it through longer car rides and plane rides. For the most part, the car seems to lull the kids to sleep, especially younger ones. The plane can be a little more tricky, especially if they are sitting on your lap. But I like to make sure I have all the essentials within reach before take off for a nap so I can settle them in pretty easy.
Bring Activities and Start Them Early
When we flew to Orlando with Peyton, she was into stickers big time. I brought a few different kinds and only brought out one at a time. This helped to keep her occupied for longer. Some of our other favorite activities are Water Wows, coloring books and crayons and Magic ink books.
Bring Snacks and Drinks
It’s amazing how toddlers can get distracted by snacks. They love to play with them and eat them. There’s nothing like it! I always stock up (probably a bit TOO much!) on their favorites. Also, don’t forget drinks! If taking a flight, I have found that the airlines we’ve been on do not have milk. So if your kid loves their milk like mine do, grab some before boarding the plane.
Have Your Bag Handy
When flying, I always keep my bag of snacks, drinks sand activities right under the seat with me as opposed to in the overhead bin. This way, when the kids are starting to get antsy, you are ready with the next thing to keep them occupied. I do the same when traveling in the car – I keep a small cooler right by my feet or on the seat next to me with drinks and snacks handy.
Let Them Walk as Much as Possible Before
Letting the kids out of the safety of being strapped in a stroller and allowing them to walk around can seem daunting, but trust me, it’s for the best! Let them exert as much energy as possible before boarding that plane or getting in the car. That way (hopefully!) they will be ready for a nice, long nap for the trip!
So there you have it, just a few tips to help make your travel a little easier! What tips do you have?