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How To Prepare For A Road Trip With Kids

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Summer is upon us, which means it is time to get ready for the road trip fun. But with little kids to take along for the journey it can become a nightmare trying to make sure everyone is happy in the car. Road trips don’t need to be this way. Getting to your destination is easier than ever thanks to all the ideas on the World Wide Web. Let’s get started

Plan Ahead

Starting early to think of things that are best suited for your child will make all the difference when getting ready for a road trip. Think about how you want to organize and pack clothing. What about having an emergency preparedness kit?

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What activities will you have for your little ones to do? How to save space in your vehicle? How to plan stopping points for the trip by looking on maps to see where local parks are to let kids take a breather are all things to consider. Having these elements together will make your stress level decrease and make for a smoother trip because you have prepared ahead of time. Also remember to plan for the unexpected.

Packing Clothing

I have seen it all, families who use garbage bags to transport their clothing in a big wadded up mess. Those who use a carry-on with each outfit rolled up into one bundle. Or transporting each child’s outfit into Ziploc baggies with the day, symbol of a sun or moon drawn on to let the child or spouse know when they are to wear that outfit.

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I say do whatever is best for your family. While the Ziploc baggies are great for younger children, it may not go over very well for an older child. When packing clothing make sure to pack some trash bags for dirty clothing or in case in rains, they can be used for a makeshift poncho or garment bag if trying to keep certain outfits nice and pristine.

Emergency Kits

Having a roadside kit really comes in handy and can help out when things go wrong. But before you go out for the long haul make sure to have a tune up and fix any conditions you know about on your vehicle. That way you have a greater chance of not being stranded in the middle of nowhere. Besides having your roadside and medical safety kit, make sure to pack mini emergency kits.

  • Baby Kit complete with a onesie, diaper, travel package of wipes, baggies for soiled clothing, tube of diaper cream.
  • Travel Games Having lots of activities for kids is great, but sometimes you have run out of ideas and need to figure out something on the fly when you are tempted to use duct tape and lollipops to keep the noise level down. Include: brain quest, Question game. Print up journal jar questions to read and have everyone answer. Have a couple of card games ready to go.
  • Outdoor Kit Having bug spray, tweezers, sunscreen, baby powder, hand sanitizer, folded up trash bags, and hand wipes. Will get you by in a pinch.
  • Restaurant Kit eating out with little ones can be an adventure when you’re traveling and kids are tired and cranky. Have some activities ready to go when you’re about to head into a restaurant with these simple ideas. Crayons and mini activity book if crayons are not provided. Lego figurines, mini cars, have fruit snacks or cheerios in hand if the wait will be longer than expected. Little puzzles or magnetic figurines can help as well.

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Having these kits on hand will help you not need to dig all over looking for these items that you tend to use and need in a quick hurry. Keep them all in a backpack or shoe container to save on space. But also within easy reach and not packed with the rest of the items.

Travel Activities

Having things for the kids to do while on vacation can become overwhelming and chaotic. You could pack lots of unnecessary space for tons of toys coloring books etc. The best way to manage all the chaos is by deciding how much space you can realistically have. Think about how to get many activities in one. Cookie Sheets are truly the best answer. Find a mini chalkboard and dry ease board that will fit inside the cookie sheet and put magnets on the back for a make shift chalkboard magnet board and dry ease board. Then plan activities according to age using magnets on the back to keep everything together.

  • Puzzles
  • Tangelos
  • Cars use duct tape for a roadway
  • Plastic dinosaurs for a Jurassic play set
  • Silly faces
  • Alphabet letters or magnetic words to make silly sentences
  • Make board games by using magnets as playing pieces and copying the board on your computer to fit your cookie sheet.
  • Coloring pages with twistable crayons, colored pencils.
  • Lego figurines
  • Polly pocket or littlest pet shop play set
  • Look in your party supply section at the store for other great ideas.

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The possibilities are endless and magnets will be your friend. And save you lots of space for other important items.

Playing Tetris When Packing The Car

Getting ready to head out and pack up can be stressful and time consuming if things are not done ahead of time. Try having all your gear ready to go the night before, or even start packing things up the night before. Designate a spot for each bag. Have all clothing in one spot. Have toiletries and makeup all together. Have food and coolers together. It will make things easier to get to when it is set up this way.

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Also, think about the size of containers or bags you need and if you really need to take certain items.

Most importantly expect the unexpected. You never know what will happen on a family road trip, and that is what makes the journey and memories so much sweeter. Remember to enjoy each other and reconnect.

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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.