Tips for Traveling with Kids
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, you and your family are probably making plans to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. You’re looking forward to the food, the presents, the conversations—but not necessarily the process of getting from Point A to Point B, especially if you are traveling with kids. To make the journey a bit easier for mom, dad, and kiddo, let’s revisit a few of the concepts presented in our previous blog post, “Traveling with your Tots.”
More often than not, traveling with kids is an absolute nightmare, especially where small children are concerned. It can be difficult to keep the little ones happy and entertained—which is why we have put together a few tips for traveling with kids!
Coloring Sheets – Every child loves to color, especially when the sheets depict characters from their favorite movies or TV shows. It’s easy to print a few pages prior to the trip, saving you the hassle of packing a large, heavy coloring book. In addition, you may want to purchase a small box of crayons for the trip. The fewer pieces that can go missing the better!
Story Time – Does your kiddo have a favorite book? Be sure to bring it with you! If you are flying, the few hours spent in the sky are 100% uninterrupted by phone calls, emails, or texts, making it the perfect time for you and your little one to enjoy an extended story time. If your child is a bookworm with an affinity to LOTS of books, consider downloading their library onto your smartphone or tablet—we guarantee it’ll save your shoulder when walking through the terminal!
Doodle Board – A classic doodle board is perfect for playing tic-tac-toe, hangman, or Pictionary. You could also use it to practice sight words with older kids.
I Spy – Kids love using their surroundings to play “I Spy.” However, this can be a little difficult to do in a confined space like an airplane or a car. Consider packing the classic hardcover books or bringing along a few child-friendly magazines. Spending a few minutes on each page will make time go faster than you’d think!
As a parent, hitting the road for the holidays can seem like a daunting task. Managing your children’s health and wellness is easy in the comfort of your own home, but can seem much more difficult when you’re contemplating all that is needed for an extended trip. Take a look below at our parent-oriented tips for traveling with children!
Color Coding – Choose a bright, easy-to-spot color, and then dress all members of the family in it. This will make it easy to keep track of the little ones as you make your way through long security lines or navigate busy rest stops. In the event that one of your children loses sight of mom or dad, the bright color can help them to easily identify you in a crowd!
Keep it Clean – Kiddos have a knack for getting car seats, windows, siblings, and themselves dirty. Whether it be marker stains or chocolate smears, you can almost guarantee that the child getting out of the car will only somewhat resemble the presentable child you placed into the car at the start of the journey. Keep wet wipes and hand sanitizer in your center console, purse, or backpack to easily assist with any unforeseen messes.
Easy to Reach – Keep inhalers, medicines, Band-Aids, water bottles, snacks, tissues, and toys in an easy-to-reach location—not tucked away in a suitcase. This tip is especially important for those who plan to fly!
Arguably, the most difficult aspect of travel is flying with an infant or toddler. Things that you have come to expect, such as uncomfortable ear-popping, are absolutely foreign to your child, which can result in an unpleasant flight for you, your little one, and those around you. Check out our tips for traveling with a baby on a plane.
Be Proactive – Put together small “thinking of you” packets for those in close proximity to you and your infant. This can be something as simple as a Ziploc bag containing a pair of earplugs, a pack of gum, and a note, asking for patience while mom and dad try to get the baby settled. This will allow those around you to relax while you take your time making sure your family is as comfortable as possible.
Ear Popping – Babies may not be able to chew gum to relieve the pain associated with ear pressure, but they can suck on a bottle, pacifier, or blanket. Make sure you have one of these items handy!
Pack more than you Need – This may seem completely unnecessary considering the limited availability of overhead storage on today’s airplanes, but it’s best to be prepared for delayed or canceled flights, especially during the colder, snowier months. Make sure you have enough diapers, wipes, formula, food, pacifiers, and toys to make it through all flights and layovers.
Traveling during the holidays can be daunting, but these traveling with kids tips should help you be as prepared as possible! Do you have any suggestions for traveling with your tots? If so, let us know!