Traveling With Kids

It’s that time of year when many of us are starting to plan our summer vacations. Families with children need to make special preparations to be sure everyone has a stress-free fun-filled time. Here are a few tips for a successful journey.

1. If your child has a favorite comfort toy (stuffed animal, blanket, etc.), pack it. Even if it takes up precious room when packing, the entire family will get a better night’s sleep if your little one feels more secure in a new environment.
2. Let your kids take their own mini-suitcase or backpack with essentials (toys, games, books) which will occupy them when you have down time.
3. If you’re flying or traveling by train be considerate of other passengers. Most people aren’t able to block out the sound of video games being played, so bring headphones so that your child can play quietly.
4. Expect your child to behave appropriately when using public transportation. When possible, try to schedule flights during a baby or toddler’s nap time. Your fellow passengers will silently thank you.
5. Check out public parks and playgrounds in the area you are traveling to before you go. Allow for plenty of down time for the kids where they can play and explore.

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  • This was a wonderful, useful post to us mommy/travel agent types, especially the reminder about headphones with game devices! AMEN!

  • When I was a kid, my parents used to create travel games. They would write up a list of things we could look for and cross them off the list. This kept us entertained for hours. We also had another list where we would cross off license plates that we had seen on our vacations. I have fond memories of crossing off things that I had seen on our vacations when I was a child. Consider doing something like that to keep your children busy and have a great experience at the same time.

  • I found your blog via twitter. Thanks for the awesome travel tips. I will be travelling with Buddy Bear this summer and could use all the advice I can get. Any ideas for a not-yet mobile baby traveling via plane?

  • –Here are a few tips for a successful journey.–

    seems like a lot of work…

    hat off for all the good mothers/teachers out there.

  • Great ideas. Our kids dig listening to stories in the car and while traveling. There are tons of free, kid-centric podcasts to subscribe to such as Barefoot Books, The Elmo Spending Saving Sharing podcast, and Night Light Stories (http://nightlightstories.net). Full-disclosure: My wife & I do that last one. Hope it helps!

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