Summer is almost upon us and for most families that means summer vacation and travel plans! We’ve been flying with our children since they were three months old, we’ve also taken short car trips around Arizona since they were little as well. The longest road trip we’ve taken was last Summer when we drove 6 hours with them. They both did really well in the car and over all are great travelers whether by car or plane. Today I’m going to share with you five tips I’ve learned along the way to make traveling with kids easy and breezy!
1. Allow Plenty of time.
If you are traveling by plane allow yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and go through security. Getting children through security is no easy task, with all of the checks they have to do it can be a bit stressful. If you allow yourself plenty of time to check bags, and get kiddos in and out of car seats, strollers and carriers you’ll be happier parents and less stressed. This also goes for car travel, allow yourself enough time and figure in gas and potty breaks. Anticipate delays because kids are slow, and go with the flow.
2. Make them apart of the experience.
One of the best ways to do this is give them a suitcase or backpack of their own to “pack.” A small back pack is great to give them to fill up with some of their fave toys to bring with them. When they are a bit older giving them their own suitcase to pack is fun for them and let’s them feel apart. Ava has been carrying around her own suitcase since she was three.
3. Bring Something to entertain them.
No matter the travel time kids are going to at some point get bored and need to be entertained. So be prepared for this to happen and plan for it. Load your iPAD with movies for them to watch in the car or on the plane. Bring coloring books and crayons for them to draw with. Small playing cards are also great for traveling.
4. Bring Snacks.
Who doesn’t love a snack when traveling? I know I do. Get them involved by letting them pick out their own for the trip. Airports will let you bring your own stuff for kids, they will also let you bring juice in sippy cups, formula and breast milk if you need to. Be sure to know breast milk is checked by TSA and to plan for all your snacks to be checked by TSA if you’re traveling by air.
5. Bring a New Toy.
This is by far my favorite tip a friend shared with me years ago. She told me buy them a new toy before you leave and save it for the trip. It doesn’t have to be big and expensive it just has to be new to them and something you bring out once you’re in the plane or car. The newness of the toy is very exciting and helps keep them entertained, plus it’s also really fun for the experience. We’ve gotten our kids new coloring books and crayons, small match box cars, or a new movie to watch they’ve never seen before.
No matter where you’re traveling this Summer I hope these tips come in handy for you. Tell me, what are your Summer vacation plans? What are some of your best travel tips with kids?