Tips for Traveling with Young Kids

Posted on April 19, 2015 by Matt Butler

Tips for Traveling with Young Kids

Tips for Traveling with Young Kids

Traveling with you kids can be quite tricky. One minute everything can be nice and calm and the next minute it is meltdown hell. Having a plan in place is a good way to avoid such situations. For a young child, having to stay in a car for long periods of time can be torturous. Here are some great tips on how to travel with young kids.

  1. Tablets are miracle workers. I don’t know how our parents did it when we were young but I could not live without our tablet. It is the toddler calmer! Having some awesome age appropriate game and movies will keep them occupied for at least a couple of hours. It is one of the best investments as a parent you can ever make.
  2. Include an activity at the rest stops. Instead of using rest stops as strictly a bathroom break or a food break make sure you include an active activity. Bring Rollors on your next trip and break it out at any rest area. It is a perfect game that you can play on any surface. Easy to pack and compact, it won’t take space in your car. Being cooped up in a car for long periods of time can be rough so getting a bit of physical activity is a must for young kids. Not only is Rollors a fun game it is also pretty easy to learn for any age group.
  3. Start your road trip as early as you can. When your kids are still a bit groggy eyed it is a good chance they will probably just fall right back to sleep once they are in the car. You can count on at least a quite two hour ride when doing this. Plus the earlier you leave the sooner you will get there. Going on a road trip with young kids means many stops and it taking much longer that it would without little ones. Getting a head start to the day is a great way to start your road trip.
  4. Always pack an extra set of clothes that are easy to get to. Don’t just rely on the clothes you pack in their suit case. You need to have easy accessible clothes for any accidents that may and probably will happen. Make sure you include a whole outfit include socks. Keeping them in a separate bag under your car seat is a perfect place.
  5. Boredom Buster Bags. Put together a bag for every hour of your trip. The bags can be filled with cheap toys and activities – things that you can find at your local dollar store. Every hour your child has a new bag to look forward to opening and finding out what new thing they have received.   You can include stickers, trinkets, crayons and paper. It is like getting a present every hour!
  6. You can’t forget the snacks! Make sure your car is loaded up with your children’s favorite snacks and drinks. Make sure that they are easy to drink and eat in the car. The apple sauce pouches, fruit snacks and popcorn are pretty great travel foods. Bring the sippy cups to eliminate any spillage.    


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