Essentials for Traveling with Kids
Just because you have a little one (or many little ones) doesn't mean your jet setting days are over! There are so many gadgets and tricks to help keep you sane while traveling with kids. Now, I won't say it will be completely smooth sailing but there are definitely ways to lighten the pressure! And remember, take it easy on yourself - traveling can be stressful for adults let alone when your kids are tagging along.
While this isn't always possible, try to give yourself extra time at every step of your trip. Things end up taking much longer than expected when you are bringing kids with you and you will thank yourself later for that extra hour you gave yourself at the airport.
If possible, renting a home on Airbnb or Vrbo vs a hotel may save you a lot of pain and heartache. This means more space, a full kitchen and you don't have to worry about being too noisy for the room next door. If it is in your budget, a rental home is the way to go!
Plan around nap/bedtime
Planning flights, car rides and activities strategically around naps and bedtimes can be a game changer.
Having all of your kids favorite snacks handy will mean you have ample supplies for bribery. Also, depending on where you are headed there may not be a wide selection of their favorites so havigng them on hand will make things much easier.
Attach your contact information to them
If at any time your little one gets lost, you'll want them to be able to contact you. I would recommend putting your contact information (Name, Phone Number, Address) in multiple places. You can write it down on a card and stick it in their backpack or pockets. Also, you could write your phone number on the lip of their sneakers. Depending on what they are wearing or what they are bringing you can find some place that works!