Whether it’s during the summer or anytime of the year, chances are likely that you’re going to be traveling. And when you have kids in tow, this can be quite the memorable experience… in both good ways and bad. I’m here at Mommy’s Bundle today to share 4 tips for traveling with kids to make traveling more enjoyable for everyone involved.
Of course there’s no guarantee that they (or you) are going to enjoy every single moment of this trip, but hopefully these tips will help out.
1. Take Advantage of “Sleep” Hours.
When traveling with young children, you will find it very beneficial to plan the bulk of your traveling during the hours your children normally sleep. For example, if you are traveling by car and your destination is 12 hours away, consider leaving at night, around your kids’ bedtime. You and your spouse/partner can drive in shifts to ensure traveling all night is possible. Then, when the kids wake up in the morning, most of your traveling will have already been done.
For plane trips, look for early flights so the kids will rest on the plane ride. You can also look for red-eye flights.
2. Pack More Than You Think You Need.
This is a very important rule to remember when traveling with children. Always pack more than you think you will need. This goes for all things, but especially toys. A toy that you think will keep your child entertained for 15-20 minutes, will probably only hold their attention for 5-10 minutes. Therefore, make sure you have plenty of things to keep your child busy. Many parents actually go and purchase a few new toys before a big trip and wait until they’re in the midst of traveling before pulling them out.
And don’t forget to pack extra batteries and spare chargers for electronic devices.
3. Allow Time for “Pit” Stops.
There is no such thing as a non-stop trip with kids. It doesn’t matter how short of a trip you’re going on…kids aren’t able to sit for hours on end without stopping. It’s important that you give your kids a few opportunities to get out, use the restroom and stretch their legs a little when traveling. An easy way to incorporate “pit” stops in your travel plans is to stop at normal meal times. Stopping to eat usually gives kids at least 30 minutes outside of the vehicle, which will do wonders for them!
4. Plan a Few “Fun” Things.
To ensure everyone in the family has a good time, make sure you plan a few activities that your kids will find fun. Having fun activities planned specifically for the kids will not only give them something to look forward to while traveling, but it also gives you some bargaining power as well. “Fun” things can be as simple as stopping for ice-cream or as time-consuming as visiting a popular amusement park. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something the kids will enjoy!
Even if your destination is an amusement park, stopping to do fun things along the way can make the trip more enjoyable.
Just remember: kids are kids. They don’t have the patience or attention span of adults; therefore, traveling with them will require a little more thought and patience on your part.
About the Author: Albany, NY mom blogger Kori can usually be found at Just Another Mom where she shares resources and inspiration for the everyday mom and women everywhere. You can also find her hanging out on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.