As many of you know, we are empty nesters. We love to travel. It is easy for us to throw something in the suitcase and hop in the car and hit the road. Oh but now we are grandparents and Godparents. So when we take family trips now, we have to keep in mind we have little ones to prepare for and let me tell you ITS NOT AS EASY TO JUST GET UP AND GO!
The one thing we always enjoyed about traveling with our kids were the memories we made along the way so we are definitely looking forward to making memories with our granddaughter & godson. With looking back over the car trips with our kids, we remember the shenanigans that goes on in the back seat with the kids. The disputes, the boredom, and the “ARE WE THERE YET” question.
Us being wiser and older and the introduction of portable technology and smaller items to stow “stuff”, we are embracing this second wave of children with more knowledge and be better prepared.
We recently took the kids to St. Louis, MO. Now for us this is not a long trip. Actually we have went to St. Louis and came back in the same day but with the kids we decided that would be to much for them. So we made it a weekend trip. But for this to be a successful trip, we had to really stop, think, and prepare for the road trip with them.
Traveling with Kids Tips
- Remember the ages of your kids. It is important to remember that they are kids and their patience is different than yours.
- Pack age appropriate distractions, such as: toys/books/games. Make sure you have something that is your child favorite and will hold their attention for a long time.
- Organizer/Storage: Get you an organizer or small storage bin with dividers that you can use to stow the kids books, CDs, and DVDs.
- Kids cooler: Get each child their own special cooler with their own favorite juices and snacks. Put it on their side of the car, so when they are ready for a snack its in arm reach.
- Electronics: Get the kids their own tablet/Nabi/or DVD player and make sure you get them a pair of headphones.
- Family Games: Play age appropriate games with the kids. Point out things that the kids would know about & talk about them. Make up songs. Look for specific state tags. Get creative but keep the kids engaged!
Travel Must Haves when traveling with Kids
- Flexibility: Don’t have such a rigid travel schedule that you don’t take into account the kids attention span.
- Snacks: Pack healthy snacks: nuts, veggies, and fruits.
- Pack juices and water.
- Cover your seats with a towel or seat to catch the mess and spills that will happen.
- Wipes: Make sure you have wet wipes handy. It will be great for cleanups and just wiping the kids down.
- Potty: If you are potty training your kids, take their potty with you. It will be easier for you to get them to go and don’t have to worry about them sitting on a public toilet.
- PATIENCE! Kids gets antsy so make sure you remember they cannot sit for a long period of time.
The first trip was a friendly reminder to us that we have been out of the traveling with kids arena too long, but we made it thru and everyone had a great time.
Summer is here and many trips will be had. Just know, its ok if things don’t go as planned just be as prepared as you can when traveling with kids.
What tips do you have for traveling with kids? Share in the comments below.