I’m often sharing stories and advice from traveling with my kids, but I’m not alone. There are some awesome Mommy Bloggers out there sharing valuable tips and tales and I am so happy that some of the best were willing to share their advice with the Travel Smart Blog.
Candace Derickx from Yummy Mummy Club gives this advice:
“No matter how old your child is, or what mode of transportation you’re taking, there are three things you should have in your purse at all times when traveling; an emergency food stash, a barf bag and wipes. Children will choose the most inconvenient moment possible, to either feel the need to fill their stomach or empty it. Trust me.”
Sarah Vickers author of Moose Tracks and Tater Stacks shares her best tip:
“My #1 tip for traveling with kids would be to have some surprise toys, games or candy treats hidden for when the going gets rough! I always buy just a couple of things that they boys’ haven’t played with before; I wait until they start getting bored or fighting and then I break out the new stuff. They are so happy to have a new toy, usually they play with them for a long time without a peep! If that fails, you have candy and candy never fails “
Giving a tip that I haven’t ever heard but I am definitely going to try is Trisha Haas of MomDot
“When traveling to a beach location, bring baby powder. It helps dust the wet sand right off your toddlers legs.” Trisha also says this about traveling with infants, “Most diaper brands like Pampers put out “nighttime” diapers that last 12 hours. When traveling, go ahead and put your baby in one, night or not, to help keep him extra dry in long travel lines.”
Tesa Nicolanti author of 2 Wired 2 Tired says bring along the comforts of home.
“When traveling with young children bring favorite pillowcases for naps and bedtime. It may sound silly but the pillowcases don’t take up much room and just may help them get the kids to sleep without a fuss and the familiarity will comfort them through the night.”
And giving perhaps the most important piece of advice is Family Travel Network’s Nancy Shretter. Follow her on Twitter @kidtravel
“Leave your expectations at home. Family vacations are one of most anticipated events of the year, so it’s easy for parents to get all misty-eyed envisioning the great memories and intimate bonding moments that will be created on their trip. If we’re being honest, however, we know that family vacations never go exactly as planned. There may be bumpy moments, relationship issues may surface, travel snafus happen, the weather might not cooperate, and the kids might have a meltdown or two. It’s okay. Just take the experience as it comes, don’t dwell and go with the flow. Sometimes those family trips where things don’t go as planned make the best vacation memories of all.”
Thanks Ladies for sharing your travel must-do’s. Happy travels to you and yours!