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Best Tips To Improve Traveling With Children

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Help is here. Traveling with children can be tricky. We are here to help you with tips and tricks to make your holiday season easier to manage. Just remember these key words. Stay calm and carry-on.

Do What Is Best For Your Family

You know your children better than anyone else. Some people will tell you to travel at night, because your kids are sound asleep. It makes driving at night easier as each driver takes a shift. This helps the other drivers sleep. Or reverse this situation with flying, it becomes magical because kids are sleeping or are easier to entertain, while you can get some shut eye. Sounds Amazing!

This scenario may not work for your family. You may stay up all night worried one of you may crash the car. Your child may decide they are not tired at three in the morning and have a meltdown. Whether you are driving or flying, they don’t call those flights red eye for nothing.

When flying or driving, consider your departure and arrival times. Think about the number of stops you will need to take, the length of each place before getting to your next destination. Think about food and snacks ahead of time. When flying request a child’s meal before your flight. These are things that will help you determine what is best for your family.

What To Pack?

Learn to simplify when packing. You learn to be selective in what you use. Cramming lots of stuff will make your life harder as you are carrying a lot of extra weight, and you have that much more to keep track of.

  • Try packing a “just in case” bag that has: an extra outfit, swimsuit, underwear. In case your luggage goes missing or your little one has an accident and needs that change of clothing. Have these things in a Ziploc bag to put soiled or wet items in. Also to find what you need in a hurry.
  • Pack a parent bag. These are things to keep close at hand for you and your kids. These are things you may want to keep separate from the kids bag.
    • Lots of snacks!!! Pack special snacks on top of the usual ones to make it more exciting.
    • Have an empty water bottle or sippy cup available to help fill up when the time arrives. Then, you don’t have messy soda cans or soft drinks all over the floor. These also make a quick snack cup in hurry.
    • Baby wipes of all shapes and sizes. That’s what it feels like anyways. These are a must! I would assume it is pretty self explanatory.
    • Extra Ziploc bags! They help keep anything and everything contained. Great for a smelling barrier as well. Use for leftover snack packages. The possibilities are endless.
    • Keep an extra copy of your travel itinerary. This will help you to stay more organized. Also a great resource to have when needed in a hurry to glance at.
    • Chargers for any all electronics. Even if you’re not by any outlets, these can be your saving grace. Also make sure all your electronics are fully charged and ready to go.
    • Extra diapers/pull-ups
  • Pack a Kids bag full of things to help keep your children busy, put these things in a Ziploc baggie. To help with traveling light. You could include:
    • Paper /coloring book
    • Twisty crayons / markers /or mechanical pencils (don’t need to sharpen them)
    • Snacks
    • Travel pillow/sleep mask for all the lights at night
    • A special surprise you got them.

Dress The Part

Just as you would wear certain things when camping or going to the beach, when traveling, you never know what kind of surprises you will be in for. So first things first. Dress yourself with comfortable clothing. This will one of the best things you can do. Avoid things that are restricting or things that don’t breathe well. Your body will thank you when you’re sitting for hours on end. Try and wear layers, that way you can take things off and on easier. And wear comfortable shoes!

Be prepared For Delays

Nobody like detours, road closers, flights being canceled, or delayed. Try and make the best of things. Realize sometimes you can’t control every little detail, even with the best of planning. Just try and stay upbeat and not show signs of stress. Make the best of the situation.

  1. Watch a movie together on your electronic device.
  2. Remember those snacks and activities, now is the time to use them.
  3. Explore whatever is around you, make it fun.
  4. Try going somewhere to sit down and eat.
  5. Play a game together.
  6. Sing songs

Enjoy

Take time to enjoy and soak it all in. Children grow up fast. And the more prepared you are the happier you and your children will be. Besides, children love all the excitement of traveling.

What are some travel tips you would love to share?

How to Make Flying Fun For Your Children and Yourself

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Summer vacation time is here! Time to scoop up your kids and take them to your best family vacation places to travel. To get to your destination you might drive your car or soar on an airplane. Flying with your children might be the most adventurous thing you attempt to do as a parent. You may have to protect your fellow passengers from the child who hates airplanes and will do everything in their power to ambush the pilot and land the plane themselves or the child who thinks they own the airplane and the other passengers and doesn’t hesitate to make their reign of the flight known to everyone on board. Here are a five ways to tame the beast inside your child (and maybe yourself) so that everyone can sail smoothly through the sky to the next airport.

  1. Preparing Their minds: Flying miles above the earth takes guts and your children need to be prepared for the new sights and sounds they will encounter on an airplane ride. Tell your kids what to expect before the flight. Don’t scare them into not going, that would be bad. Just make it sound as exciting as you can while making sure they understand the rules of the plane. Turn the flight into a game by giving them something to be looking for such as the seat-belt light, the chair treys, the view outside the window, the friendly flight attendants, the pilot’s voice over the intercom, how to sleep on the plane etc. Make it something they can look forward to and offer little rewards that they can earn periodically through the flight if they are good.
  2. Scheduling the Flight: Plan your flight according to your child’s sleep schedule. If you can board the plane right when your child usually takes their nap or goes to bed you can have them sleep on your lap for the good amount of the flight. On the other hand, if your child struggles falling asleep in strange new places then you might have to scratch this idea and come up with another time that works best for you and your family.
  3. Packing the Food: During your packing phase of getting ready make sure to bring a LOT of snacks. When it comes to keeping your kids calm and pleasant for your fellow passengers, this is no time to be health conscious. Naturally you don’t want to give them sugar highs but individual cracker, chips and cookie bags will bring forth little fussiness and messiness. If you’re attempting a very long flight (8 hours plus) you may want to call up the flight staff beforehand and pre-order your children’s meals.
  4. Including the Entertainment: Bringing games, books, electronics and toys are ESSENTIAL when flying with children. Bring larger items that won’t get lost under their seats like coloring books with attached coloring tools or Etch N Sketch. Remember to bring your own earphones for your electronics since the ones that the flight staff have are made for adults. Surprise your children throughout the flight with little gifts of new toys and such so that they have a motivation for not screaming and hitting each other.
  5. Letting Go: When all is said and done, you’ve done your best to keep everyone around you happy, so don’t add more stress to this trip by allowing other people’s opinions to scare you. Everyone has an opinion just like everyone has a bellybutton. Even if your kids ARE behaving really well you may STILL get evil looks from people. Why? Who knows! People think what they think and there’s nothing you can do to change that. So let the scrutiny eyes roll off your back and make this airplane flight about you and your kids, nobody else. You may not ever see these people again anyway, so don’t let them spoil your fun.

At last you’ve had a safe landing and now you and your family can race each other off the plane and into a taxi to take you to your hotel. Yes, you do have to turn around and fly back home in a week. But as long as you remembered to bring another stash of toys, snacks and surprises you should be able to conquer your flight home with relative ease.