Whether you’re planning a last-minute, late summer getaway or pre-planning a fun mini-vacay over the kids’ fall/winter break, chances are that you’re probably already stressing out about it.
Let’s be real for a minute. Traveling with kids is NOT always fun, and it’s definitely NOT easy.
It’s work, no matter what age they are, but we can’t let that stand in the way of creating new and fun experiences as a family.
So…here are some tried and true tips for not only surviving, but thriving on your next family trip.
Kids are creatures of comfort. (Aren’t we all, really?) This is especially important with nighttime routines on-the-road though. Pack their favorite lovie or blankie, and let them bring their own pillows.
This not only helps make the travel time itself more comfortable but will help ensure more familiar surroundings at bedtime, no matter your accommodations.
For longer trips, pack a grab bag with toiletries and pajamas for the whole family so that you have all the essentials that you need without digging through larger bags when you first arrive. This cute pick is perfect for all your needs, and it’s fashionable too!
Surviving the Ride
S.N.A.C.K.S. From toddler to teenager, kids get hungry so pack some healthier snacks to avoid the “confined sugar craze” (as I fondly refer to it) and to keep them preoccupied until your next pit stop.
Beat the boredom by planning some travel activities or loading movies onto your tablet for them. Travel desks for the car also work great for younger kids to color or be creative while on the road. I love this, What I Love About Our Family, book from francesca’s Outlet. Perfect for keeping the littles entertained with something meaningful and fun.
Give them a little facetime. No, not FaceTime…but if you’re not the solo parental unit on the trip, hop in the backseat with them for a bit. Tickles, jokes and some one-on-one time goes a long way in lightening the mood and keeping spirits up.
Plan out your route in advance and look for areas that meet all the needs of a family travel break. Tanger is a great way to make an efficient stop because everyone can grab a bite to eat, use the family restrooms and the kids can even play on the playground for a while before getting back on the road.
Even with the shortest road trip, it’s good to build in a little extra time for stops. Everyone is less stressed if you plan for the trip to take more time than it “should” and aren’t rushing.
Don’t let the stress of traveling with your kids take the fun out of your upcoming trip, mommas. With these tips and a little luck, you’re bound to impress yourself and your family with how smoothly the trip can go.
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What are some of your favorite travel tips for family road trips?