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Traveling With Kids Tips

Updated on August 1, 2013

Traveling With My Kids on Vacation

Planning a family vacation is always fun and exciting but traveling with toddlers can be a bit of a challenge. I know this because when my daughters were toddlers, I went on vacation with them and wasn't fully prepared for the trip. I thought I was going to pull out my hair throughout the whole vacation!

Traveling with them before we got to our destination was the worst part because my kids were bored, wanted to move around, and pretty much cried the whole time! I didn't bring much for them to do to keep them entertain and that was my biggest mistake!

In this lens, I'll give tips on the stuff you need while travelling with kis to make the trip more enjoyable for the both of you.

My Daughters
My Daughters

My Vacation Story When My Chrildren Were Younger

Travel Horror Story

My family and I took a flight from Georgia to California back in 2008 to visit family, but getting there was a nightmare with my kids! At that time they were 2 and 1 and they didn't enjoy the flight at all!

My kids didn't really have anything to do, so they were kicking and screaming the whole time! I received dirty looks from other passengers and the flight attendants tried to calm them down with snacks which kept them quiet for a few minutes until their snacks were all eaten up and then back to whining and crying! I thought I was going to be kicked off the plane!

When I returned back home from my trip, I told some of my friends about what happened and they recommended me to give my girls Benadryl so they could fall asleep during my next trip. I don't want to drug my kids for them to act right! I know there got to be a better way then that!

A year or two later, I went on a driving trip with my daughters from Georgia to Tennessee and it was a little better then our California trip. I was a bit more prepared with snacks and toys to keep my kids occupied. Once they became a bit antsy, I would pull over and let them stretch out. After that, the trip became more smoother. No need for me to use Benadryl!

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Tips For Travelling with Kids

So you may be wondering how to make your traveling trip more fun and enjoyable with your young children? Here are some great tips to use when traveling with your children. Also these tips can be used if you're traveling by car, plane, or train.

1. Use a Car Seat

  • Some planes offer kids ages 2 and younger to fly free if only they sit on the parents lap. I do not recommend this for long trips.

    Your child will not want to sit on your lap the whole time, they'll want to always get up and move. So buying a seat for them and putting the car seat in the plane seat will be much better because your child is more familiar with their car seat and will be more comfortable.

    Also you'll be more comfortable too not having a child in your lap the whole time. Remember to make sure child's car seat is with the airplane guidelines.

2. Toddler Car Seats

Graco ComfortSport Convertible Car Seat, Jette
Graco ComfortSport Convertible Car Seat, Jette
Graco ComfortSport is a convertible car seat that children grown into. It's for babies and toddlers weighing 5lbs to 40lbs.
 
Traveling Toddler Car Seat Travel Accessory
Traveling Toddler Car Seat Travel Accessory
A traveling toddler car seat is prefect for travel like airports. You can click on your child's car seat and other accessories.
 

3. Bring Some Toys

  • Kids enjoy playing with new toys. It is fun for them and will keep them entertain a lot longer then their older toys. You can also bring their older toys too just in case.

Alex Desk to Go Kids Art Supplies
Alex Desk to Go Kids Art Supplies
Alex Desk to Go is a travel desk that sits in children's laps. Make it much easier for them to draw and write. Prefect for car rides and on airplanes.
 

4. Bring Drinks and Snacks

  • Kids start to get hungry and thirsty on long trips so make sure you bring their favorite drinks and snacks. Now I know on planes you're not allowed to bring liquids from outside of the airport on the plane, so buy drinks in the airport.

5. Bring a Portable DVD Player

  • Keep your kids entertain by bringing their favorite movies or shows to watch. I recommend bringing a new movie they've never watched before to keep them entertain longer. Remember to bring extra batteries just in case your portable DVD player dies. Also bring headphones so you don't disturb others if you're going to be around other people.

6. Bring Books

  • Bring your kids favorite books to look at and also read to them. Also buy new books for them to keep their interest which will keep them entertained longer.

Kid Books

The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a very popular book series for children in Elementary and Middle School.
 

7. Bring their Blanket

  • Kids feel more comfortable and safe when they have their blanket with them. It helps them to relax and sleep.

8. Travel at Night

  • Traveling at night is more better then traveling during the day because your kids will be more tired because it's their bedtime and most likely sleep throughout the whole trip, which is more relaxing to you.

9. Bring a Extra Change of Clothes

  • Make sure you have a change of clothes immediately available for your kids just in case of an accident. Some children become car sick or air sick.

Kid Clothes

My Michelle Big Girls' Scoop Neck Dress, Ivory, 7
My Michelle Big Girls' Scoop Neck Dress, Ivory, 7
Sweater Ivory dress with brown belt for girls.
 
Company 81 Boys Burgundy Hoodie 3pc Denim Pant Set (7)
Company 81 Boys Burgundy Hoodie 3pc Denim Pant Set (7)
3 piece denim pant set for boys. Comes with hoodie, pants, and t-shirt.
 

10. Bring Kid Games

  • Play different types of games with your kids like card games and puzzles. Matching card games are always fun on a trip and can be played with others. Also buying a big book with different activities to do like word searches or picture searches will have your child entertained for hours!

    With puzzles, try to buy big puzzle pieces instead of small pieces so you won't have a big mess.

  • Handheld learning game device like Leap Frog and VTech are great to keep children entertain and learning at the same time! Great thing about it is instead of bringing a bunch of cartridge games for your child's handheld, you can buy and download games onto their gaming system.

LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System and LeapFrog LeapPad 2

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Kids' Learning Tablet, Green
LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Kids' Learning Tablet, Green
LeapPad 2 is the top popular learning game system. My daughter has one and loves it and takes it on all our trips.
 

11. Bring Crayons, Paper, and Coloring Books

  • Keep your kids entertain by bringing stuff for them to color. The best is to buy several coloring books of their favorite characters instead of having a bunch of individual blank paper which can start to get messy.

Coloring Books and Crayons

Always Be Prepared!

Being prepared with your trip with your children will be more relaxing and will also go a lot smoother for you as well as your children. You and your kids will both enjoy your vacation and look forward to your next trip. So trying these helpful tips will make everything more enjoyable!

Enjoy your vacation!

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    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Sara2901: That's great!

    • Sara2901 profile image

      Sara2901 

      8 years ago

      Art supplies worked for me.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @aesta1: That's great that your grand kids stays entertained with books. I wish my daughters were that way!

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Only travelled with grand kids and they're happy with their books.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @anonymous: That's great! I'm glad you guys found each other, I know I would've had a panic attack! Thanks for sharing your story.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      I had enough kids for them to keep themselves entertained. I have no horror stories about traveling with my kids, just fond memories. Even when we got separated from each other in D.C., it still worked out well in the end. The Lord was watching over us. +++ :)

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Aunt-Mollie: Very true Mollie!

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      Aunt-Mollie 

      8 years ago

      Keeping kids entertained with games and toys is the way to go!

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @shawnhi77 lm: Thanks Shawn!

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      shawnhi77 lm 

      8 years ago

      Really wonderful ideas.

    • Adventuretravels profile image

      Giovanna 

      8 years ago from UK

      Really lovely lens. Well thought out lots of good ideas because we know how difficult a long journey with children can be, no matter how old they are! I've been traveling to Italy with my son since he was 8 weeks old and I can tell you a few stories! The secret is in getting good advice and being well prepared. TOP TIP a bag of balloons especially good when you're hanging around airports with toddlers.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @WindyWintersHubs: I'm a 90s kid too but we didn't really do long trips. But if we did do trips, we brought books and foods.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image

      WindyWintersHubs 

      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      My kids grew up in the 90s without electronics so can't say if they would have helped. Books, extra clothes and some food seem like the best affordable options. I really like the traveling at night option, too. :)

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @lesliesinclair: Being prepared will make someone's trip with kids more enjoyable!

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      lesliesinclair 

      8 years ago

      It makes good sense to be super prepared and you'll help other parents to get there too.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @johnsja: Me too!

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      johnsja 

      8 years ago

      Great tips. I like the travel at night option.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @audrey07: Someone else was telling me about giving kids an iPad for entertainment while traveling and I think it's a good idea for children that are ages 5 and up.

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      audrey07 

      8 years ago

      Nowadays, I think iPad is a must when traveling with kids. My son, who is already 7, will whine non-stop if it is a long flight. But give him an iPad to play with and he can sit still for a period of time.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Ahdilarum: True! But make sure you bring plenty because if it runs out, you'll have one unhappy child!

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      Ahdilarum 

      9 years ago

      Drinks and snacks is the easiest way to control

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Rangoon House: Thanks so much! Yes portable DVD players are a must on road trips! I was traveling from Memphis to San Antonio over the summer and DVD kid movies kept both of my daughters entertained.

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      AJ 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Your list is brilliant. We've done a few 24 hour one way road trips and the portable DVD was a must - I think it still would be at 14!

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Earnlat: Aww thanks!!

    • kristalulabelle profile image

      Kristen 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great ideas! I can't say that I've ever traveled with small children but I feel a little more prepared if the situation arises in the future!

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      Earnlat 

      9 years ago

      Adorable little people, informative lens!!

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @kristalulabelle: Thanks! I'm glad you found this lens useful!

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @MayaIxchel: That's great you don't have any horror stories!! You must be doing something right!

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      MayaIxchel 

      9 years ago

      Great ideas! I have traveled solo with my two toddler girls quite a few times, and I am always looking for more tips on keeping things calm. No horror stories yet, but it requires much patience and planning. Thanks for sharing!

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @TaraWojt: Well I hope these tips will help you if you do take your daughter on an airplane.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 

      9 years ago

      I haven't had to take my daughter on a plane yet. We've been on a ferry a few times with her but fortunately we could just go back to our car when she got cranky. These are great tips.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @PeacefieldFarm LM: Your welcome! I'll be traveling also this weekend so I'll be making sure I'm prepared with my kids.

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      PeacefieldFarm LM 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas. We will be traveling soon.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @bjesparza: Thank you!

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      bjesparza 

      9 years ago

      Those are some great ideas!

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @OliviaDaughter LM: Aww thanks! That was when they were younger and on vacation in California.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 

      9 years ago

      Your kids are the cutest. Real good info. I'm on my way to pick up my 2 year old grandson now.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @WriterJanis2: That's great! That'll keep kids entertained and less stress off your back.

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      WriterJanis2 

      9 years ago

      Traveling can be difficult when kids are bored. I always carried a small bag of toys with me along with books.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @cinta-cinta: Thank you so much!

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      cinta-cinta 

      9 years ago

      This information is very useful

      good job ......

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @glutenallergy: Yeah those other passengers did not have children so they just don't understand that it's hard to control young children.

      You are very fortunate that you had strangers helping you with your girls in the airport. Usually they'll just stick their noses up and pass you by. I was lucky to have their dad with me during our trip to help with our bags and strollers.

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      glutenallergy 

      9 years ago

      I'll bet the dirty looks you got on the plane were from people who don't have kids. Your children were so young that there really isn't anything you could have done.

      I had to fly from Ohio to Washington state when my girls were 2 months and 2 years. Fortunately, they did fine on the plane, but I remember struggling while in the airport, since my husband wasn't with us. I relied on the kindness of strangers, several of whom offered to help with my carry-on luggage as I was walking with my baby and toddler.

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      KonaGirl 

      9 years ago from New York

      Great advice for traveling with toddlers.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @sharonbellis: Thanks! I'm glad to not have to relive the nightmare of traveling with my children at a very young age since now they're a bit older.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This brings back memories! Good ideas.

    • Louidam1 LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Lou Martin 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @AG 1984: Thanks!

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      AG 1984 

      9 years ago

      Great advice !!

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