Do you have upcoming travel with kids? Depending on your travel plans, it may feel a bit daunting. Traveling with adults requires a bit more preparation and a lot more patience—but it’s not impossible.
Read on for our favourite tips for traveling with kids.
Traveling by Car
- Drive at night if you can. Not only will there be less traffic, but the kids are more likely to fall asleep when it’s dark out.
- Be realistic about your travel itinerary. Kids require a lot more stops than adults, including bathroom breaks, meal stops, and just a chance to stretch their legs.
- Put a change of clothes for each kid in an easily accessible location, like a bag in the backseat. If anyone has an accident, it will be simple to change to a fresh set of clothing.
- Keep paper towels, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer handy, too. Not only will they help with those unexpected accidents, but they’re a good backup for rest stop bathrooms that have run out of soap.
- Prep a roadside emergency kit complete with jumper cables, roadside flares, motor oil, a flashlight, and more. It’s also a good idea to keep a cell phone charger and external battery in your kit.
Traveling by Plane
- Fly directly whenever possible. Connecting flights mean more hassle, more schlepping, and more opportunity to lose precious items. It also increases the likelihood that your luggage could be lost.
- Avoid morning flights, as kids tend to be most active in the morning. An afternoon or evening flight will give you the opportunity to tire the kids out before the flight.
- Bring snacks to avoid paying exorbitant airport prices for a bite to eat.
- Download kid-friendly movies or TV on your phone or tablet and bring a pair of headphones that works for your kids. Now is not the time to be a stickler on screen time; give in to a little TV.
- Be patient. Your kids may complain, cry, or throw a tantrum. The passengers around you may get annoyed, but that’s okay. A smile goes a long way.
For the Hotel
- Most hotels are not designed for children. If you’re traveling with a baby or toddler, bring baby proofing items to the hotel. It’s a good idea to bring a doorknob cover and some bumpers for the edges of any tables.
- Call ahead to make sure that the hotel offers a crib and whether it will cost extra. If you’re traveling by car, it may make sense to bring a packable crib with you.
- Some hotels offer toys, colouring books, crayons, and more, especially if they’re in an area with family-friendly tourist attractions. Ask at the front desk.
- Sleeping with the whole family in a single room can be tough. Do yourself a favor and bring a sleep supplement, like CBD capsules for sleep. They combine non-psychoactive CBD and melatonin for a good night’s sleep.
- The ice bucket liner can double as a dirty diaper bag in a pinch.
- Pack lots of snacks. Make sure to bring plenty of nutritious snacks like fresh fruit, nuts, whole wheat crackers, string cheese, and more. Throw a few treats in there for good measure; it’s vacation, after all!
- For messier snacks, pre-package in single serving containers or Ziplock bags. You can also use small paper cups to scoop and hand out snacks to each kid. This can be a lifesaver on the go.
- Save a bit of money by making meals for the road. Anything you’d pack for lunch at school will do well on the road. Sandwiches, fruit sauce packets, and single-serving snack pouches all make good choices.
- Rather than eating in the car, find a local park or rest stop with picnic tables. Not only will this make for a more enjoyable lunch, but it will give the kids the opportunity to get their wiggles out.
- When it comes to dining in restaurants, keep food expectations low. Let the kids indulge in chicken fingers or a hamburger. It will save you a mealtime meltdown and some much-needed sanity.
With these tips for traveling with kids, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind family vacation filled with memories that will last a lifetime.