Traveling is good for the soul. It relaxes you. It allows you to breathe fully. It allows you to get to know yourself better— the world that you’re living in. It breaks up the routine of everyday life. And most of the time, traveling is a pleasant experience. Even if the getting-there portion isn’t ideal, the being-there tends to make up for it.
And then you have kids.
Traveling with kids requires endurance. It’s a lot like running a marathon. It can be the opposite of everything you’ve come love about traveling. Now, it includes things like the death stares from other passengers when one kid suddenly throws a fit mid red eye flight, and the wild, hysterical, and not to mention deafening cries, inside your minivan, when you’re just halfway through a 12-hour drive.
The question is, how do you make traveling with kids less of a headache? How do you make it a fun experience for everyone, the way it should be?
The good thing is traveling with kids is not impossible. You just need to be prepared.
So, we are here with the best travel hacks to make traveling with kids a bit more bearable.
1. Flying with a baby? Drop the memo.
Get everyone (or at least those within earshot) a kit like this. It includes few pieces of chocolates/candies, and a pair of earplugs to go with it. Life is always better with a warning.
2. Don’t forget YOUR change of clothes.
Parents, being selfless creatures (this is the queue to pat yourself on the back), will remember to pack toys, snacks, and an extra outfit for the kid. But, don’t forget about things you should pack for yourself. Like an extra shirt. Guess what? Kids barf. And you don’t want to do a grand parade with that barf-filled shirt.
Be smart and pack at least a shirt in your carry on bag.
3. Sleeping tents for a decent shut eye.
Traveling on a plane with kids is no joke. Cranky kids sometimes just need the darkness to stay calm (so you can stay calm too). Here’s a step by step instruction on how to make that sleep tent in a plane. Surprise: it’s fairly easy!
4. Long road trip ahead? Prepare sticky notes time tabs.
Tell the kids there will be a surprise awaiting them when the clock matches the sticky notes time (you can choose your own “surprise”— it can be a cookie, a special toy, a game board, or maybe the iPad for some electronic gaming). Before you know it, your kids will already be asleep or you’ve already reached your destination.
See how this mom made it happen, here.
4. Make a DIY shape sorter that doesn’t take up space
Unlike the regular shape sorter, this doesn’t take up too much space. Plus, you can totally toss it in the trash in case you don’t have any luggage space left on the way back. No hard feelings!
5. Prepare an allergy travel medical kit
If your family suffers from allergies, make sure to consult with your doctor and pack all that needs to be (together with your first aid kid).
This list shows how to deal with allergies when traveling as a family. Pretty useful!
6. Make the kids their own Lego kits.
This will have your kid’s full attention, that’s for sure.
Instructions on how to make your own kit, here.
7. Make a “restaurant kit” to make all restaurants kid friendly
Depending on your kid’s age, this list will help you prepare what you need if you are mostly eating out (which we’re pretty sure you’ll be doing).
The kit should include kiddie cutlery (because the dessert fork should stay as a dessert fork), coloring pages (for the not-so-baby friendly restaurants that don’t provide this), bibs, wet wipes, etc.
8. Convert any cup into a non-spill cup.
Through the use of a Press’n Seal! Seal the cup with it, punch a straw and voila— instant non-spill cup!
Originally appeared, here.
9. Kid Safe Temporary Tattoos
Worried that the LOs might wander off? Write your name, phone number on their arm and cover it with liquid skin. Lost and found made easy!
Originally appeared, here.
By storing them in sauce to go cups! These little cups are available at most casual dine restaurants an will keep your pacifier nice and clean even on the go.
See the hack, here:
11. Sippy Cup Lasso
This will help you avoid having to stop the car just to grab a sippy cut. Sippy cup saved!
See the hack, here.
Bottom Line for Traveling With Kids
It might seem like a total drag to travel with kids. For sure, it can be a pain. But, the opportunity to broaden their horizons, explore the world, or just see family is well worth the hassle. I hope these hacks will make your next trip with your kids just a little less stressfu.!
Got any travel hacks for traveling with kids to share? Let us know!
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