Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Traveling with Children Survival Guide #KiaHolidays

The holidays are right around the corner which means families all over the globe will be hitting the roads. Traveling with children is something that I know a little bit about and unfortunately I have had to learn the hard way on the "do's and don'ts" of traveling with children. This year we will be going on a week-long vacation right after Christmas and we will be traveling with our four children aged 2, 7, 9 and 10.  Our trips are never uneventful so we always plan ahead for anything and everything that might happen.

1.) Let the kids be a part of the planning....it adds to the anticipation! Let them help pack their own carry-on bag, pick out their own clothes, etc. 

2.) Bring along plenty of activities for the kids to do on the road.  Coloring books, crayons, books, movies, etc. are all staples in our car. In addition, we make sure all of their electronics are charged up and ready to go prior to hitting the road. We have several Kindle Fire's, iPods, video games, etc. and we pack all of them together with their chargers before we leave. 

3.) We love car games so I try to compile a list before we leave. This is a great way to keep the kids entertained and busy while on the road.  Some of our favorites are "I Spy," the License Plate Game and the Alphabet game. I Spy is the old game of "I spy with my little eye something that is ......." and you can insert a color here. When we play the license plate game, we designate one of the kids to keep track of all of the different states that we find as well as who spotted them. The alphabet game is where we start with the letter "A" and spot things that begin with that letter. We continue until we hit "Z." 

4.)  Plan for lots of stops in your agenda. We take frequent breaks for the kids to go to the restroom, get a drink, stretch, etc. Even a short trip takes us much longer than most families because we make frequent stops. When we do stop for bathroom breaks, we make EVERYONE try to go, even if they say they don't have to because sure enough we will be stopping 30 miles down the road  if everyone does't go! We keep footballs, soccer balls, etc. in the trunk because most rest areas have grassy areas where the kids can run and play.  These stops are a must unless we want to hear constant whining and complaining the whole trip! 

5.)  Pack plenty of clean snacks. I suggest things like raisins, trail mix, fruit snacks, small bottles of water, juice boxes, etc. 

6.)  Keep a freezer bag in the glove compartment that contains things like tissues, medicine, band-aids, wet wipes and anything else you think you might need. 

7.) Don't forget to bring small blankets and pillows for the ride. There is no better part of our trips than to look into the backseat and see sleeping kids! 

8.) Create a scrapbook. Whenever you make a stop, grab a brochure or something from that particular place and add it to the book. This is a great piece of memorabilia for your trip!

9.) Have your vehicle serviced before you hit the road. The last place you want to find yourself is broke down on the side of the road, thousands of miles from home. In case something does happen, be sure to have your roadside assistance information handy!

10.) Have fun! You are making memories with your children that are going to last a lifetime. Make them count!

What are your best tips for traveling with children???

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  1. greta tips! We love our tablets, the kids watch their movies and play games.

  2. What great tips. We will be traveling over Thanksgiving. Thanks!

  3. I have discovered that things like iPods, DS Games and tablets make for a quiet trip, even long ones! Love your list!

  4. People would provide these tips for the summer because everyone travels during the summer but it was smart to introduce it for the holidays, there are more people than we think travelling during the holidays and it is very handy to have such info on hand!

  5. Amazing tips for amazing trip!


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