How to Travel with the Kiddos | Tips & Tricks

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The kids are getting to an age where I would like them to experience more of the outside world. I want them to be exposed to different cultures and see people in different settings so that they may gain a more worldly and accepting view. After discussing this with my husband, we decided that our New Year’s resolution for our children would be to travel more.

While traveling with kids may sound good in theory, it can be a total nightmare if you don’t plan ahead. As soon as we decided to travel with our kids I applied for a no foreign transaction fee credit card, as I knew I needed to be fully prepared when going abroad with kiddos. As much as we may love them, kids are ultimately unpredictable and you don’t always know when the next hunger attack or tantrum may be thrown. Just like the rest of us, they wake up in a bad mood from time to time. Unlike the rest of us, they generally don’t have the acquired coping mechanisms needed to deal with it and move on.

To make traveling with your kids easier, consider using some of the following pieces of advice the next time you choose to travel:

Pack Snacks

Kids can get hungry on a whim, and when traveling, finding great nutritious snacks isn’t always an easy. To make life easier for you, be sure to pack snacks for the long car ride or the wait in the airport.

Bring Boredom Busters

If you know that you will have to keep your kids sedentary for a bit, whether it be in the car or while waiting for your plane, you need to bring some easy to carry toys for them to occupy themselves. If they are old enough, consider crosswords and books – or even a mobile device with gaming capabilities if you own one. If they are still young, keep a rolling list of ways you can interact with them to keep them occupied.

Plan for Stops Along the Way

If you’ve got kids, you know that they can’t stay put for too long. If you are planning on embarking on a long road trip make sure to bring that credit card 5 cash back so that you can stop at local amusement parks, zoos, and museums along the way. These stops will let your kids blow off some steam, keep them tamer in the car, and will be sure to create a few great memories.

Traveling with kids is a highly rewarding experience, but it is by no means easy. If you want to successfully travel with your tots, you need to not only be prepared, but also be prepared to throw out your own agenda. Forcing an agenda on kids will only make your trip more stressed, and keep you rushing along only to miss out on some otherwise great memories.

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24 thoughts on “How to Travel with the Kiddos | Tips & Tricks

  • May 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm
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    Very good tips. I am a new mom and I am not looking forward to traveling when my little one gets older. Hopefully these tips will come in handy! Reply
    • May 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm
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      Good luck Morgan! We are taking a 16 hour road trip with a 4 year old and a 16 month old. I will let you know how it goes LOL Reply
  • April 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm
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    Great ideas! We also make sure to have some games installed on my tablet or movies they can watch on it. Reply
  • March 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm
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    Both of my 4 yr olds take their mobigo games with them, and my 10 year old never leaves home without his 3ds. When they get tired of that it does help that we have a built in dvd player in the car. With that and easy to eat car snacks we haven't had any issues. Reply
  • March 13, 2012 at 10:39 am
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    Being in the military we live about 12 hours from family and we take a two day trip when we go home. For us what has worked wonders is a dvd player in the car! Like you said snacks are also a huge hit! I have never attempted flying with the kids yet! Also when I just had one I would take the trip alone but now with 2 I am too afraid! Reply
  • March 13, 2012 at 9:28 am
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    Thanks for the tips! We will be making a trip this fall to NC from NY with our little ones!! Reply
  • February 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm
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    good tips, esp taking breaks along the way. Reply
  • January 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm
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    Thanks for the great tips! I drove home from the East Coast this summer with my 3 children, all by myself! I took 3 days, and 2 nights so we could take it easy, stop often, and do fun things with them. It was more like an adventure! :) Kristen Miles recently posted..The Grand Event CASH Giveaway!! Reply
    • January 24, 2012 at 9:31 am
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      Thats quite a drive with 3 children!! and alone!! Reply
  • January 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm
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    this is wonderful thanks :) Reply
  • January 10, 2012 at 10:03 am
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    those are some good tips. when we go down state to visit family, it is a 2.5 hour trip. we make sure its at a time that z our 2 year old, will fall asleep haha. jamie w recently posted..Update Reply
  • January 10, 2012 at 9:43 am
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    Good tips, I always pack snacks, and they like to fill a bucket of toys before we leave Reply
  • January 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm
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    Whenever we get something in a goody bag or at a fast food restaurant that they play with for a bit and then forget about, I put it away in a box to take with us on the road. They think it's all new and fun, and it's free! :) Reply
  • January 9, 2012 at 11:35 am
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    Snacks are totally key! My kids love apple slices with almond butter for dipping! Reply
  • January 9, 2012 at 6:03 am
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    Great tips! I feel I should add bring security items with you. Change and unfamiliar places can often be overwhelmingly scary for children, especially smaller ones, so a security item such as a blanket or special stuffed pal can often ease their fears. My husbands military so we have had to make many long trips over the past 5 years that ranged from car rides between GA and NY to a flight from the US to Germany (one of which took us through 3 airports and a 5 hour drive afterwards). This period of various travels began when my oldest was 1 and my, now middle child, was 8 months old and will end in one long trip with a 6 yr old, a 5 yr old, and a 20 month old. The one thing that made all the trips much easier was a item they felt most attached to.. Pictures are also a great help! Once I had to fly from Atlanta Ga to Stuttgart Germany 5 months pregnant with a 4 & 5 yr old in tow by myself, it was the worse trip ever because my 5 yr old kept asking for her daddy who had to fly ahead. In the past pictures of him have managed the situation but since we hadn't planned on the last minute flight change that made him have to fly a day prior without us I didn't have any to show her and she really wanted them. Good luck and safe travels to all! Reply
    • January 9, 2012 at 6:07 am
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      Correction it should be "TO FLIGHTS TO AND FROM" not a flight from since we have made the flight several times between actual duty related and personal travels to see family Reply
  • January 9, 2012 at 12:23 am
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    lovely ideas we usually travel during night so the kids sleep most of the way Reply
  • January 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm
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    Take kiddy pit stops in stride as an opportunity to see more along the way. As always, ask if they need to go on both arrival and departure. Reply
  • January 8, 2012 at 5:20 am
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    We also bring kid friendly CD's & sing for a good portion of our trips. The kids love the silliness of this. Reply
  • January 7, 2012 at 11:48 am
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    This is a great idea! I love your suggestions Reply
  • January 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm
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    I loved traveling when my kids were younger and was never really disappointed because i always tried to remember not to have any expectations on how it was going to go Reply
  • January 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm
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    Thank you for the tips. With my boys the number one is always bring snacks :) Reply
  • January 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm
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    Very good tips. I'm traveling alone with my son next month and needless to say I'm freaking! Reply

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