Toddler Tuesday-Vacationing With Kids: The Do’s & Don’ts

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!

Vacationing With Kids: The Dos & Don’ts

If you’re planning a trip with your kids this summer, it’s wise to start thinking about how you can make everything go as smoothly as possible. While it’s a pleasure to travel with happy kids, when they’re tired, hungry or stressed out no one can relax. There are certain preparations you can make that will increase your chances of having a vacation everyone will enjoy.

1. Toys, Toys, Toys

Toys are key to any kid’s happiness.  Since an entire suitcase of toys probably isn’t possible, be selective and only bring the favorites.  Further, new toys will hold their attention longer so plan ahead and bring something novel. Ideal toys are easy to play with in the airplane or car.  A kid engaged in play will tolerate long travel days better than a bored one.

2. Let Your Kids Sleep As You Drive

If you’re going to be driving for a long time, you should make it as comfortable as possible for your kids. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure they can sleep when they’re tired. Bring a generous number of blankets and pillows to make the backseat as cozy as possible.  Another trick you can use is to put blinds on the windows so kids can sleep even when the sun is bright. Car blinds will also help prevent grouchy wake ups for those drives that start before the sun is even up.

3. Find Family-Friendly Accommodations

Because you’re traveling with children, you need to find hotels that are family friendly. Family friendly can mean a variety of things depending on your destination and your family, so make sure you look into your options to decide the best accommodation for your troop.  Do adequate research on the hotel so that you know what’s out there. For instance, a hotel that has a kids club can let you off the hook from planning every vacation activity and also provide a fun and safe environment for your kids to explore while you relax.  Before you book, be sure to look into other parents’ reviews on Gogobot to see what fellow moms say about the area and accommodations offered. Check out the Walt Disney World hotels in Orlando for some excellent, child-friendly options for your ultimate family friendly trip!

4. Baby Food Basics

If you are traveling with a baby, make sure to stick to foods they’ve been previously exposed to.  Although traveling is a great time to test your pallet, allergic reactions, particularly away from home, are sure to ruin a vacation. Food allergies may take up to three or four days to reveal symptoms, therefore making it harder to pinpoint and remedy. New squeeze packs are excellent replacements for bulky glass jars when space is limited.

5. Prepare For The Trip Home

As you plan your trip, you shouldn’t forget to prepare for the return home. After being on vacation for a while, your family will have accumulated some dirty clothes, wet bathing suits and other items that can be messy to carry around. It’s a good idea to bring some extra bags of various sizes with you. You’ll then have a convenient way to store everything on your way home, without contaminating your clean items.

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  1. Heading on a trip to North Carolina thanks for the tips. Wish us luck!

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