It’s almost time for us to do our first getaway of the year and boy am I excited! We will be traveling with 4 children this time so I’ll be sure to update you all on how that goes.
The first time I traveled on the plane with Isaiah he was just 2 weeks old. Luckily for me he slept the entire flight. Once he turned 5 weeks we were back on the plane again. That was just the beginning of our travel journey. Since then I have traveled many times with not 1 but 3 kids. I’ve learned fairly quickly that when traveling with kids, especially long road trips, you want to make them as comfortable as possible. Here are 5 tips to make your traveling experience with littles enjoyable for them and you!
- Pack snacks, lots of them. I usually pack snacks that will not create a big mess. Apple Slices, fruit chips, yogurt pouches, granola bars, cheese sticks, etc. The last thing we want to hear is, “we’re hungry” every hour. Make sure to keep plastic bags and wipes on hand, this makes for an easier clean up. If you’re flying you can take your snacks through security, just no liquids. This will also save some money- not having to purchase high airport snacks/food.
- DVD player/Ipad/Electronics- This can buy a lot of quiet time for most children. When my youngest gets anxious I put on his favorite show or movie and he is content.
- Books/coloring books- if the kids are old enough to read. I highly suggest their favorite book or a new book they can dive into. Coloring is also a great activity and distraction. This can provide the quiet time that everyone may need!
- Leave at night or early in the morning- If the schedule allows, we leave in the wee hours of the morning where the kids are still sleepy. This way they will go back to sleep once we are on the road and stay that way for hours. Our last trip, the kids slept 4 of the 6.5 hours. They only had 2.5 hours where he needed to be “occupied”.
- Games! This is one everyone can participate in. The kids love dad jokes, riddles, and just pretty much any thinking game. You can print some pages from google of different engaging games for all ages.
What works best for your kids/family when traveling? Let me know in the comments.