Last year, a lot of our traveling plans were canceled and put on hold, but as things seem to become a little more safe a lot of us are starting to plan our trips again. If you’ve ever traveled with kids before, you know how fun it can be to travel with them. But, you probably also know how stressful it can also be. Making sure they have everything they need, trying to bring everything so they stay entertained, all the while trying not to forget anything important… It can get overwhelming to say the least! But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Kids have a different set of needs compared to adults, so their packing list is probably going to look a lot different from yours. That’s why today I am sharing TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR KIDS. I have included everything you will need to take on your next trip to make life a little easier. A lot of these travel essentials will be life savers, and having these on hand will help make your trip less daunting and more enjoyable no matter what your kid’s ages are. I also included a few of my top tips for traveling as well in order to plan and have a successful trip with your family.
TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR KIDS
Depending on your kid’s ages, bringing a portable crib will probably be a good idea. Usually hotels will sometimes have cribs available if requested, but in the case they don’t or you’re staying at an airbnb, it is a great idea to bring one along. Keeping the kids well rested even when traveling is key to having an enjoyable trip… for everyone involved. I find we all are able to get a better good night’s rest when everyone is able to sleep through the night on their own, so we like to bring this along for Lucy to sleep in and it is a game changer.
A travel high chair is one of those things you assume you don’t really need, but ends up being something nice to have on hand. We have this one and absolutely love it as it is compact and easy to fold and unfold. It has built in straps so your toddler stays secure, and even has a tray which comes in handy. Definitely helpful to have when you travel with toddlers and our favorite travel essential for kids.
I always like to make sure to bring activities and toys for the kids to stay entertained, whether you’re traveling in an airplane or car it comes in handy. These mini voyager activity sets are so nice and the kids love them. They’re easy to throw in your bag, and a fun, mess free activity for the kids. I have a feeling these are going to be our favorite travel essentials for kids.
Although it’s not always planned for, sometimes kids tend to start feeling unwell, or always end up teething. Right, mamas! So I always try to stay prepared just in case and bring some children’s Tylenol along during trips. Hopefully you won’t need it, but it’s always nice to have on hand, and you’re better safe than sorry!
It’s totally normal for kids to start getting bored, restless, and hungry when traveling, especially if you’re in for a long flight or car ride. A great tip is bringing along some of their favorite snacks to hold them through until you get a chance to stop somewhere to eat. These snacking containers are great because they’re compact and convenient. We seriously love these whiskware snack containers so much!
If you have little ones, you know how necessary a sound machine is. It is a game changer and so great, especially when traveling. It seriously helps everyone sleep through the night without any interruptions.
We all know how difficult everything has been during this pandemic, and traveling with kids can be a little nerve wracking as they love to touch EVERYTHING. Bringing some hand sanitizing wipes along will come in handy, and you’ll probably find yourself using them quite a bit, especially if traveling through the airport. It’s so important to follow COVID protocols and practice safety measures especially in public places, so wiping down everything, and washing your hands/sanitizing regular is so important in helping keep you and your family safe during your trip, as well as everyone around you.
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TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH KIDS
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION
One of my first tips for traveling is to look for family friendly vacations when choosing your destination. There are so many great options out there, some of our personal favorites are Yellowstone National Park, Hawaii, St. George, UT and California. There are a ton of different activities to do as a family, and ones the kids love and enjoy. A great tip is to check Pinterest, Trip Advisor, or Yelp and search for any kid friendly activities and experiences to do once you’ve narrowed down your choices. We also really like to look for local parks to take the kids to and make a day out of that as well.
FINDING WHERE TO STAY
When traveling with children, it can be a little hard to pack without going too overboard. You don’t want to pack necessarily too light, because you want to make sure you’ll have everything they need. Using packing cubes to pack has been a serious game changer, and helps keep everything neat, organized and compact. You’ll also find you can fit a lot more into your bag, whether it’s a carry on bag or a check bag. Also, don’t forget to bring a travel pillow for the kids! Chances are, they might fall asleep during the flight, and they’ll stay asleep longer if they’re comfortable. 😉
WHERE TO SIT ON AN AIRPLANE
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