#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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60 Responses to #TravelTips from the Experts

  1. Definitely bring a coloring book or a tablet to keep the kiddos entertained. When we went on vacation recently, my kids brought crayons and empty notebooks. They ended up drawing scenes from our vacation along the way. :)
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  2. I love this post because we do so much traveling, esp with kids. These are fantastic tips. Thanks so much!

  3. These are great tips and I agree with your friend – traveling with little ones doesn’t have to be difficult. Have a blast and make sure to keep us posted.
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  4. I use lavender EO a lot for stress. These are definitely great ideas.
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  5. deb

    These are great tips! You will do great. Snacks are high on my carry on list. You never know what delays will happen so its best to be prepared. I’m going to give the lavender oil a try.
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  6. 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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  7. These are all such great tips and I love the travel experts! :) Good points all around. I’d say always plan ahead!

  8. Lots of distractions including snacks is key to keeping everyone happy and sane! lol
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  9. Amanda mcMahon

    Great list. Travel can be fun but you need to know what you are facing.

  10. Daisy

    Great tips! I’m all about bringing movies for my son on trips.

  11. Great tips! Thanks.

  12. You know, I never thought to use lavender on a trip to get my kids to relax. I use it at bedtime, what a great idea. Great tips!
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  13. Great tips, I love the tip of staying calm. Stress can be such a destructive thing especially while traveling with little ones.
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  14. Oh man, we just got back from a road trip and it was horrible!! I dont think anything could have consoled my kids.
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    • 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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  15. Essential oils are so cool! Very awesome ideas!
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  16. These are great tips. Traveling with little ones doesn’t have to be a nightmare. You just have to be prepared.
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  17. Pam

    Traveling with kids can be a hassle. These are great tips to make it simpler.

  18. Great tips! We only did car trips when my kids were young. These tips are fantastic for people travelling with children. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I love the treat idea! I would have never thought to wrap them individually!
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  20. Shauna

    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

  21. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    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.

  22. If you are flying with kids, take dum dum suckers! It helps the air pressure in their ears with take off and landing! No need for messy gum with toddler. And they are smaller suckers so its not a lot of sugar.
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  23. Traveling with a child can be tedious. These are really great tips. Thanks for sharing.
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  24. I remember how hectic it was to take little ones. Thanks for the great tips.
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  25. Any time we’re going to take a really long car trip I let the kids stay up very, very late the night before. Then they can get in the car in the morning in the pjs and sleep a chunk of the trip away.
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  26. My kids loved to listen and follow along with read-along stories in the car. They would listen over and over!
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  27. It’s true about lavender. The masks work good too. They really help when you need to sleep.
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  28. We love taking audio books for the kids for the drive. Adventures in Odyssey never fails to entertain!
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  29. These are great tips that will make our upcoming travel easier! Thanks for sharing.

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