As the holidays grow closer travel plans are being made to see out of town family. Traveling with children can be stressful. Luckily you know you children best, and knowing your children is what makes traveling with them less stressful. Making sure you have the correct preparations also makes travel easier. The holidays should be filled with fun, family and relaxation. Here are a few tips to make traveling with children easier.
Now I am sure when you read this one you think no brainer. This means to pack enough for your kids not just essentials, such as clothes, diapers, wipes, formula etc. Depending on the age of the child, make sure they have books, and toys if you are going to a family member’s home that doesn’t have children. Pack blankets for your child to play on the floor on if they are infants. Keeping your children occupied with things will help keep them out of trouble or under foot too much. Also pack lovies, stuffies, or blankets that are your child’s favorite. Being in a new place especially sleeping somewhere new it is good to have things that are familiar around them. No such thing as packing too much.
Pack a cosmetic bag for your child.
This sounds a little weird. What it means to pack a cosmetic bag for your baby is to think of things that are child specific that would be a hassle to have to run to the store for if needed. Examples could be like the infant q-tips, baby lotion, children’s Tylenol, or baby nail clippers. This just helps you have anything you may need, without having to make an extra trip out to a store.
Travel at the right time.
Now you know your child best. So plan your travel times to when it best suits your child and family. If your child is a good sleeper in the car, maybe leave in the evening and drive through the night. If you are flying maybe plan your flight between naps so your child doesn’t get too sleepy or crabby if they won’t sleep on an airplane. Along with traveling at the right time, make sure you give yourself enough time. If you are flying make sure you leave plenty of time to get through security, to the gate, and extra potty breaks. There is nothing more stressful than being hurried.
Pack a plane or car bag.
Pack a whole bag or backpack of things for your child to do