So summer time is usually when lots of families go on vacation. Something I’ve learned in my 4.5 years as a mother is that traveling with babies and toddlers can be challenging! There’s no limit to the number of scenarios you need to be prepared for, but it’s impossible to have every thing you might possibly need, so here’s my list of must have items while traveling with little ones.
SNACKS – This seems like a no brainer, but the real trick is to have the RIGHT snacks in the moment! In my experience, the best snacks are fun and different snacks. This will make them more exciting and interesting to your child and hopefully that excitement will make traveling a little smoother for you. For example, my husband really dislikes those pouches with smoothie, applesauce, yogurt, etc. He thinks they are a waste of money and only make a mess… when we travel, you better believe I have a TON of those pouches, because my kids love them and it will keep them happy.
ACTIVITIES – This again goes with the theme “different is exciting” – so try to bring books, games, toys that your kids don’t play with every day. If you can afford it, buy a couple of new things specifically for the trip. We recently decided to try activity books that you can write on with dry erase markers and wipe clean – works awesome for our 4 year old. Our 2 year old lost the cap to her marker within 5 minutes!
MULTI-VITAMIN – If your family is anything like our family, eating habits on a vacation tend to go downhill. The words “finish those fries so you can eat ice cream” have come out of my mouth on many a family vacation. Because of this, I feel like it’s really important to be extra diligent in giving your kids a quality children’s multivitamin while traveling. While a good multivitamin may not completely make up for a poor diet, I feel like it can certainly help to fill in the gaps when your diet is less than ideal!
SLEEP STUFF – So I know we’re all hoping our kids will spend a good amount of time sleeping while we are traveling, whether we’re in the car or on a plane. To increase the chances of your kids sleeping en route to wherever you’re going it’s important to have their “sleep stuff” – whatever this means for each of your kids. Do they have a special blanket? Pillow? Stuffed animal? If so, these should be handy if it’s at all possible that your child could fall asleep during your travels.
Like I said earlier, it’s impossible to be prepared for everything when you’re traveling with kids. However, family vacations do not have to be stressful. I do think you can be prepared with the basics listed here and keep things relatively under control.