Who says your travel plans have to stop when you have kids?
Traveling with kids is a great way to educate them on the world and to make lifelong memories. So pack your bags and hit the road! A little prep can go a long way in making the trip smoother.
With Memorial Day Weekend coming up, travel plans are in full gear. Below is a list of considerations to help you make the most of your trip.
1. Travel, in itself, is an adventure for the kids. Think of the trip as less of a stressful chore and more of an exciting experience! Your attitude will set the tone for the journey.
2. Tell your kids what to expect. Two of my favorite children’s authors have books about the airport – Bryon Barton’s Airport and Richard Scarry’s A Day At The Airport. Granted they are slightly outdated, but they still convey the basics of air travel.
3. Can you rent or borrow baby equipment when you get there? Lugging around car seats, strollers, and pack & plays can require an army. If you are visiting family they likely have what you need or can borrow items from their friends. If you are staying at a hotel, use one of their cribs. If you are renting a car, investigate also renting car seats.
4. Don’t assume a late flight is off limits. My kids tend to sleep well on flights if they are tired. So you could put the kid in their PJs and let them sleep on the flight. If the kids are sleeping, that’s less time that you have to entertain them in a confined space!
5. Don’t overdo the toy bag. The more things you have, the more likely they are to fall down, roll around, and get lost. Pack entertainment strategically. A single notepad, with a sticker book and a pencil will go far! A tablet with a variety of games and movies is a great use of space. Plus there are games like I Spy that require nothing at all!
Remember to pack your Travel Insurance –it protects from when your getaway gets away from you!