By Brigitte Evans
How do we know we’re deep in the season for holiday travel with babies and kids? Snow-covered driveways, traffic jams, cold feet, howling winds, and your runny nose from the cold you’ve had for weeks. Ah yes, winter is here and all the howling winds and bulky, shapeless jackets right along with it.
And then you add Christmas time to it? Frantic present shopping in stores where people are acting like they’re trying to stock up for the upcoming apocalypse surrounds us. The hustle and bustle of busy streets, and the panic of trying to figure out how to stay within a budget with all the gifts, food, and new winter boots that you need to buy. Oh yay, the thrill.
But hey, you’re taking a trip with your family, at least that’s fun! Well, it would be if you weren’t so worried about your little one and how they’ll handle the surrounding chaos. Ah, worry not, we’re here to make that part easier. Let us help you have an awesome Christmas and enjoy your little family holiday/vacation.
You definitely want to have a plan for travelling, but it’s important not to attempt to jot down every detail and force anything. Unexpected things happen, especially when you’re traveling with kids, so you have to stay flexible and have some backup options in case something goes wrong.
Flight delays, road blocks, forgetting to pack something, all of these things happen, but it’s not a big deal. The best thing to do is make a list of things you need to bring early on, to check the weather forecast for that day, and in case you’re going to see your parents, call them ahead of time to let them know whether they need to prepare anything specific (for example, you might want them to childproof some parts of their home).
If you’re driving, make sure you have enough gas, if you’re flying, check the weight limit of luggage with the airline.
To help you pack for you travels, get your Travel Packing List. This will help you pack in minutes and bring only what you need. CLICK HERE!
Ask for help
You have to delegate to ensure everything runs smoothly. Your partner should help you with everything, and you should also clue your kids in about the planning process.
Let the kids help by packing their own things, by picking out which games to bring or by doing research on the internet about which places you can visit when you arrive at your destination. As for your newborn, talk to them about the trip as well, they’ll feel happy if they hear the excitement in your voice.
Pack basic necessities
You’ll need a compact bag, and you want to keep it near you at all times. It should be filled with everything the baby might need at a moment’s notice. You’ll need diapers, a disposable changing pad, a change of clothes, wipes, plastic bags, a pacifier, a bib, formula, and a small bottle of disinfectant gel. Other important things to keep in mind are soothing, comforting things, like good organic baby products, their favorite toy, and maybe a little carton of juice.
Avoid rush hour traffic
If you’re driving, it’s going to be stressful to keep getting stuck in traffic jams and all those angry drivers prone to road rage that ruin everyone’s mood. Driving at night is a good idea for this reason, because the kids will be sleeping, there will be fewer drivers on the road, and you can drive in peace.
Long trips are boring and kids get restless. How do you counter this boredom? Singing, playing simple family games, telling jokes, or even storytelling can work really well in your favor. The Name Game, I Spy, and a bunch of other games can serve as excellent, simple entertainment.
Another option is to use our Activities for Kids on School Breaks Printable to keep the boredom at bay. Great activities that kids AND parents love. CLICK HERE to get your FREE Printable!
If you kid loves to read, check out Books that Will Boost Girl Power and The Best Books for Introverted Parents and Kids.
Not enough space in your bags and suitcases and you don’t want to add yet another thing to carry to the list? Instead of folding regularly, try rolling your clothes and a few other packing hacks to save room.
Christmas vacations are pretty amazing if you plan them right. To avoid the stressful chaos, follow these tips and you and your baby and kids will have a great time and make some wonderful memories.
Don't forget to get your Travel Packing List. This will help you pack in minutes and bring only what you need. CLICK HERE!
What are your family travel tips? We’d love to hear them in the comments.
Brigitte Evans is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. She is the proud aunt of Sophie, age 2, who has rounded her Chanel lipstick, but she loves her anyway. She is currently writing for highstylife.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook or on Twitter.
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