Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tips for Traveling with Kids

Do you have a trip planned this summer?  Here are 10 tips to make your trip a little less stressful:
  • Set reasonable expectations - know the limits of your children.  For example, will your kids be able stay engaged for a 3 hour architecture tour, or would a shorter version be a better fit?
  • Bring plenty of food - bring a variety of treats, space them out throughout your trip, hide a couple “extra special” treats for when it gets a little crazy.
  • If you are flying with a baby, make sure to bring an extra outfit for you and baby in your carry-on in case of a diaper issue or throw up.
  • Most airlines allow for family boarding, but if you have an assigned seat I will sometimes wait to board so my kids can run some energy out.
  • If you are flying solo with kids, you can ask at the ticket counter if you can get a “gate pass” for someone to assist you through security and to the gate.
  • If you are driving, plan a picnic or take food to a park/playground instead of sitting down at a restaurant.  This way your kids can run around and wear themselves out.
  • Pack some new activities for when the kids get bored - a new book, raid the Target dollar area, a new app on the tablet, etc.
  • Have your kids pick out an activity they want to do or a place they want to visit along the way or at the destination.  Kids love getting to pick things out
  • Have a photo contest - post a picture taken by each person on social media and have people vote on their favorite. Winner gets to choose an activity or restaurant
  • At the end of a long travel day, have a glass of wine, read this description of another mom’s disastrous flight with her child, and maybe your long day won't seem so bad :) 

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