Tips for Traveling With Kids!

April 04, 2019

Traveling With Kids Math

Spring break is a great time for relaxing, getting out of town, and enjoying time with family. That is, until both kids wake up and make a game of who can kick the back of the front seats harder... To avoid this type of "family bonding" we've complied some tips and tricks to make sure that you and your little ones have a great trip, whether it's on a short drive, plane ride, or even a road trip this spring break!

 

PREPARE DISTRACTIONS:

Make sure to bring plenty of distractions for your little ones along with backup distractions and back ups for your backups! Here are some recommendations:

  • Toys – mind puzzles, crossword puzzles, cards, or even phone games!
    • If you are open to your children playing phone games, make sure to download plenty of apps in advance
  • Music
    • Sing-along music or dance music can make a musical moment out of any road trip
  • Classic Car Games
    • “I Spy” is a great distraction that also helps kids observe their surroundings!
    • License Plate Game – Spot all the license plates from other states
    • Alphabet game – find an object that begins with each letter of the alphabet in order

 

AVOID MOTION SICKNESS:

If this is your little one’s first trip, make sure to pack some tried and true motion sickness remedies to keep their tummy happy. (Peppermint and ginger are great helpers – avoid spicy food that morning, which can irritate their stomach further.)

  

SNACKS ON SNACKS ON SNACKS:

Packing plenty of snacks is a must-have when traveling with little ones (or even by yourself!) It wards off the hangries and allows you to pick healthy options BEFORE heading out on the road or to the airport where these options may not be available.

Some of our favorite travel-friendly snacks are:

  • “No leftovers” fruit and veggies
    • “No leftovers” fruit means there’s nothing for you to hold on to after the edible part of the fruit is finished (like a banana peel, apple core, or strawberry greens)
    • Blueberries, raspberries, grapes, blackberries, carrots, celery…
  • If you love fruits that have “leftovers”, you can pre-cut them and pack in a stainless food jar to keep fresh 

If you don’t want to worry about keeping your fruit cold, there are plenty of “dry” options as well!

 

PLAN BREAKS IN YOUR TRAVEL:

When driving:

  • Plan out pit stops on your journey to give little ones a stretch break. Whether it’s a park, for a picnic, tourist attraction, or even a coffee shop, getting out of the car will help keep everyone happy!

When flying:

  • Put a quiet timer on your phone to remind you and your little ones to walk down the aisle every hour or so. Even just a quick walk for a potty break or a stroll up and down the aisle will help avoid cramps or pent up energy from forming.

 

BE PREPARED:

While we hope every trip will go off without a hitch, we always need to be prepared! Before you pack up for your trip, make sure you have all of the emergency essentials. We’ve compiled a list below to give you a head start:

  • Sunblock and Bug Spray
    • Perfect for those unexpected pit stops!
  • First Aid Kit
    • Band-Aids, aspirin, anti-bacterial wipes, Neosporin, thermometer, and tweezers
  • Roadside equipment
    • Jumper cables, flashlight, and a full spare tire
  • Bottled Water
  • Portable charger for phones or other equipment
  • Napkins or baby wipes



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