Let’s face it, traveling with little ones is not easy, and most of the time, it’s not fun, either. I’m not talking about when you get to your destination, I’m talking about getting to your destination – that’s not fun!
I’m no expert when it comes to traveling with kids, but I have learned a thing or two through my own experiences and from other moms. There are certain things that just make the whole traveling ordeal easier, and hope these tips will help you on your next trip!
Less Is More
I’m an over-packer. Always have been. And what I’ve learned is that I rarely use even half the stuff that I bring with us! Try to bring the necessities and essentials, no more. If you really need something, you can always make do or (for the most part) pick it up wherever you are.
There are certain things that you can take with you that will make your whole experience easier
If you are flying, check in everything that you can! The last thing you want is to not only be lugging kids on to the plan, but huge carry-ons and extra baggage too. Give yourself a break, you’ll need your energy later!
Don’t Skip Naps
For some reason, we all think that if our kids skip naps, they’ll sleep in the car or on the plane. We all think it and know it to be untrue, but we still try it anyways. Skipped naps usually mean cranky kids. Try to stick to your routine as much as you can.
Kids get bored very easily, so make sure that you have lots of different ways to keep them entertained. Don’t forget to bring books, snacks, their favorite toy, their blankie, coloring books & crayons, video games…whatever you know will keep them busy.
I recently read this tip and this just may be the best tip ever: buy new toys just for the trip. A new toy will always keep them busy for longer than an old toy will. Maybe even wrap them up for them to unwrap – kids love presents! If you’re really savvy, you might even buy a new toy for each hour or so that youâ€™ll be flying (Target Dollar aisle, anyone?).
Easier said than done, I know. If you are flying or on a train, realize youâ€™re not the first mom to have a little one that cries. Itâ€™s not your fault that your baby/child is nervous and even scared. Rude passengers have to deal, apologize once but no more. Most people have been in a similar situation and will empathize. The more relaxed you are, the easier it will be on you and your children.
There are certain things you can bring along that will make your life a lot easier…entertainment of course, but what about a Swiss Army Knife (in your checked luggage of course!)? Your child’s favorite blankie or stuffed animal. And white noise to make them sleep better while away. All of these things can help, and for even more ideas, check out these other 6 essentials every mom should travel with!
What’s your best travel tip? How do you keep your kids entertained and keep yourself relaxed?