Traveling with Kids…and Not Losing Your Mind

Hello my darlings! It’s that time of year again, and for many this means lots of traveling.

If your kiddos are anything like mine…car travel is not the most exciting time. The youngest absolutely HATES to ride in the car. I mean, since Day 1. She screams her little head off, kicks, HATES it!!! It can be extremely trying.

Now, you may not have such an extreme situation, but kids can still become very restless while traveling. With this in mind, I thought I would share a few tips and tricks that I use, which definitely help with travel.

First things first…SNACKS! And, I mean a lot of snacks. We are talking multiples, and lots of variety. Because, as I’m sure you know, they can eat 3 bananas on Tuesday, and by Thursday they no longer eat them. 😉

The snacks I typically pack are: fresh and dried fruit, applesauce, granola, granola bars, string cheese, crackers, and popcorn. I also pack plenty of bottled waters, and juice to pour into those sippy cups.

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I have found Boxed to be an excellent resource for bulk buys. I find them to be priced well compared to other boxed stores, and honestly, you cannot beat the convenience.

Next on my list are ‘TREATS’. Think Target dollar bin, or Dollar store finds. Nothing major here, just little toys. My top treats are little notepads with a pencil, matchbox cars, yo yo, glow sticks (if traveling at night), and pocket sized travel games. I typically provide the kiddos a ‘treat’ every 30-60 minutes of travel time. They stay entertained, and love being surprised by their very own treats.

Next up is MOVIES. I am not one to instantly jump to technology with the kiddos, but if you are going to spend multiple hours traveling in the car it is a LIFESAVER! If your kiddos are old enough, and you have an iPad…download movies!

If you are not a tablet owner, buy a portable DVD player. These are absolutely fantastic if you have more than one child. That way everyone can watch what they want, and there is not any added stress over the fighting that will occur, if there is only one player for multiple children. This is a fantastic portable DVD player, and it comes in multiple colors to keep everyone happy.

Last, take BREAKS! Yes, this may slow down your travel time just a bit, but your sanity level will thank you. Those little ones need to be free to stretch their legs, scream, run, and play…even if it’s only for a few minutes. I have found this to be such a wonderful strategy when traveling with our kiddos. It really helps to ease tensions, and take the edge off. We typically stop about every 90 minutes. Since we know this is what we will be doing, we are able to plan our travel time accordingly.

Finally, let me say…YOU GOT THIS! No matter how your traveling goes, you love those kiddos to the moon and back. Take a deep breath, relax, and slay this #Momhood thang! XO

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Do you have any tips or tricks you use to help when traveling with kiddos? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you!

 

 

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