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Tips for Traveling with Tiny Tots!

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Tips for Traveling with Tiny Tots

Summer is finally just about upon us!
All year I have been planning a vacation for myself, my husband and our kids and it has finally arrived.  We are so excited to get away for a week and spend some real quality time as a family.  But when you have three little ones who get antsy when they have to sit still for more than five minutes, traveling anywhere can be quite the challenge.  This year will be different, though!

 With some planning and a little creativity, you too can have the hassle free, relaxing vacation that every mom deserves!

Picking Your Accommodations
The very first step of my fool-proof family vacation planning: picking accommodations that will make things easy on you.  It's hard enough being a mom, so plan ahead!  My advice is to find an affordable hotel with plenty of restaurants and entertainment for your kids nearby.  To be truly kid-friendly, many resorts and hotels have developed family friendly lodging with indoor water parks or daily kids clubs.  When my troop visited Hawaii, we were able to satisfy every member of the family with a kid-friendly resort that was still rated as a top  hotel in Honolulu Lodging that caters to families will allow you time to relax and keep them entertained and safe – the best of both worlds!

Planning Transportation
When it comes to actually getting to the hotel, think ahead.  Try to plan flights or car rides so that they match your child's sleep habits.  A sleeping baby is a quiet baby, after all.  If you do decide to fly, be sure to print boarding passes ahead of time, so that you can skip all the long lines.  To avoid the uncomfortable ear popping for your tiny one, try feeding during take off and landing.  The sucking motion does the same for them as chewing gum does for our ears. 

What to Bring
After all of your accommodations are planned to perfection, let the packing begin.  All moms know how daunting it can be to pack for an entire family to survive away from home.  To ensure that you don't forget anything, start making lists of what you will need for your trip a few weeks or so in advance.  If you’re attached to your smart phone, try out a planning app, such as   Packing Pro.  You will think of something different every day, trust me.  Also, pack like a parent. That may sound obvious, but even moms forget the essentials from time to time.  Make sure your purse or carry on is stocked with wipes, extra shirts, and plastic baggies.  I have all these things conveniently placed around my house and in my car but you will need them throughout your trip as well.  They'll come in handy at one point or another.  

Don’t Forget the Fun!
Lastly, don't overlook packing up your child's favorite toys.  Bring toys that will hold their attention and keep them occupied.  Avoid bringing along toys that are going to be played with once and then take up space for the rest of the trip.  Be pragmatic about what kinds of toys will work for your space restrictions.  And definitely don't forget pool and sand toys!

Let Technology be Your Friend
Let's face it – today's kids are all about technology.  Use that to your advantage.  When you're packing your toys, don't forget to load your electronic devices up with eBooks, kid-friendly games and lots of movies.  You'd be surprised at how quickly a tablet game or  leapfrog activity can quiet down a grumpy kid.  Now, I'm not saying to let your child waste away the entire vacation with an iPad glued to their little hands, but it will definitely be helpful in the car or if you're stuck in the hotel on a rainy day.

These are all simple things you can do to make your family's vacation run a little smoother.  If you can do these things in advance, you'll be on your way to relaxation in no time!

This article was contributed by Kendra Thornton
Bio- Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have taken my excitement for travel and brought it to you with some of my favorite travel tips and tricks. Enjoy!

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1 comment:

Bicultural Mama said...

These are great tips. I can use them as I have a little one, too, and will be traveling this summer. Thanks!