Oh the places we go...tips and tricks for traveling with kids

In the car…for hours and hours

Here is a list of things we have done on road trips with our kids (ages 1, almost 4 and 6). I’d love to hear what your family does. New ideas are always fun and helpful. 

  1. Reading time 
  2. Screen time (mix in educational shows/apps/games)
  3. Eye Spy (color game)
  4. Snack time (We sacrifice crumbs for peace and quiet and killing a little more time – We just try to vacuum our car after every long trip and it’s SO worth it)
  5. Coloring with magic crayons (the ones that only color on specific coloring books) are perfect for any age
  6. Stop and get wiggles out
  7. The humming game (hum a tune and everyone else guesses the song)
  8. Look outside and try to find interesting things
  9. Bring a bag of toys / books / coloring books
  10. Find it first game (I have no creative title for this game. Split family into two teams and have a list of outside objects to find. The first team to find them and say them aloud wins and gets candy)
Oh the places we go...tips and tricks for traveling with kids

5 Tips for Flying with Toddlers

  1. Request to sit at the front (not first class) of the section so the kids can play on the floor. You have to sacrifice the space for your luggage under the seat in front of you but it’s worth it for them to crawl around – and you get to stretch your legs.
  2. Give the kids the window seat.
  3. Let them have special snacks.
  4. Take them on walks down the aisles occasionally (and let them jump around and get their wiggles out near the rest room area).
  5. Don’t forget to bring a variety of quiet toys (you gotta mix it up because they get bored fast).
Oh the places we go...tips and tricks for traveling with kids

5 Tips for Flying with a Baby

  1. Nurse or give your baby a bottle when taking off and landing to help eliminate ear aches.
  2. Request to sit in the seat with a bassinet (Airlines have a removable bassinet that can be set up on many flights, but be aware that they make you take your baby out every time the seat belt light comes on. This can be very frustrating to us mommas who work diligently to get our baby to sleep).
  3. Don’t forget a blanket because some flights are just freezing.
  4. Reserve an aisle seat so it’s easy to get up and walk around if your baby gets fussy.
  5. Don’t panic if your baby starts crying. Most people are helpful and understanding (not everyone, but most).