#TravelTips from the Experts

The countdown is coming to an end… and travel is coming to the front. With a time change, being pregnant, a toddler, and late travel, I decided to ask a few experts for their best travel tips. I got a lot of answers, but some of my favorites are below:

My Facebook Gurus:

  • Take a bag with treats, all wrapped up individually – things like crayons, sticker books, a little teddy etc – as a way to motivate good behavior on long flights. For every hour of good airplane behavior your child closes their eyes to choose a treat and open it. Often, the treat will keep your child busy for the next hour! (April from 21st Century Housewife)
  • Bring lots of activities like coloring books and stickers, especially lift-the-flap books. And don’t be afraid to ask for help from other people. When we change time zones, sleep routines can get way off so we use Zarbee’s Naturals Sleep to help get back on a schedule. (Nicole Bangerter)
  • Audio storybooks, a DVD player with favorite shows/movies, and your own pillow. (Brandie Valensuela)
    • We are downloading a few movies onto the tablet AND packed big head phones with padding on the ears that we’ve introduced to Addie before hand so we know she likes them.

And friends from Twitter:

#aisforadelaide #traveltips

A few others that were said a lot:

  • Check everything so you have very few carry-ons, and can just focus on kids. (For us, checking everything is an expense we cannot budget in, so we are just bringing bags that are easy to maneuver.)

  • Special snacks kids never get. (Again hard, because we don’t want to give Addie sugary snacks for short-term benefit of quiet, when she may react poorly to it, overeat, and the late flight paired with sugar is a poor choice for us.)

  • Bring LOTS of snacks. (I will be doing this for me, too!)

  • Extra clothes for accidents and in case of long layovers or accidents. (For parents and kids!)

What’s your your best advice?

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  1. says

    You have a great list of suggestions of them and I love the tip about taking essential oils along as that is a great idea. Depending on the age I always take projects like practicing knots with paracord or making bracelets with macrame. All they have to do is have the cord or jute and it doesn’t create a mess but really keeps them busy.
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    • says

      Oh no! We roadtrip to DE (300 miles each way) every 6 months, so the car isn’t TOO bad for us as she is used to it, but I’ve only flown with the toddler once, and she was still pretty young and amused by everything. Now that she’s older, wiser and has some sass… I’m hoping we all survive the time change and travel in one piece!
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  2. Shauna says

    What great tips… I love how you got some from others, too! I am such a planner, I plan everything out from start to finish… it’s when something happens that I lose my mind

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    We travel with our kids a lot and for us, it’s all about their electronics and snacks. We usually bring along lots of books, too. My guys like Where’s Waldo and word search type of books.

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