Tips for Travel with Kids

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?

 
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Tips for traveling with kids on your family vacation

8 comments found

  1. totally agree with this- esp letting them walk as much as possible. we even stop and try to get our kids out at a park to get energy out and make it a bit easier for them!

  2. These are great tips! My toddler is a seasoned traveler. He is always more relaxed than I am! I always try to have one or two new toys that get revealed on a long flight. It usually keeps him happy and occupied for a little bit.

  3. This is so great for when I take my daughter when she is older! But, I am taking her (she will be 4 months old) next month. Any tips on little babies on planes?? I am so nervous!

    1. One thing I would say would be to have either a binky (if she uses one) for takeoff and landing to help keep her ears from popping. Feeding during that time helps too!

  4. Now that my toddler is older, I’m going to have to try your activity suggestion. We have a six-hour flight to Vegas coming up and I’m dreading it since he’s older and easily bored these days.

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