Planes, Trains, Automobiles, & How to Keep Your Sanity

traveling babyGoing on a trip can be an adventure. Going on a trip with a young child in tow can be a “trip,” in more than one way! The best way to ensure successful and smooth sailing is to prepare and have a few “tricks up your sleeve” to keep your little one happy.

When packing for a trip, you don't have to bring everything, but you do have to bring some things. Below are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Bring the favorites. If your child is attached to a favorite toy, be prepared to bring it along. This toy may be the “saving grace,” providing both comfort and an avenue for engagement during a road trip.
  2. Bring something new. It doesn't have to be brand new. In fact, it may already be a toy that was “tested and approved” by your child that they simply haven't seen in a few weeks. Plan to bring a few toys that provide new discoveries. Depending on your child's age, these items may include: a soft doll or animal (think small), items such as a toy car, magnetic storyboards, or basic art supplies (again, depending on your child's age and development).
  3. Kid-friendly snacks. Think whole grain crackers, cheese, fruits such as bananas or apples, and a drink.
  4. Bring the things that “soothe the soul.” This is not the time to give up the pacifier, or blanket, or any other “lovie.” Instead, embrace them and use them as a support for travels which may leave your child uneasy, unsure, and out of their usual routine.
  5. Finally, bring some form of entertainment. This doesn't mean you need to plug in a DVD player, but do think about equipping yourself with some sing-a-long CDs, books, or even picture cards that will provide your child with a source of interaction and entertainment.
  6. And, finally, don't forget to pack your flexibility, sense of humor and adventure! Anytime you are traveling with a child, you never know what adventures await you. Embrace them and enjoy the ride!

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12 comments

  1. Anabelle says:

    Buy a sticker book – my kids spent hours with the sticker books when they were younger.

  2. gfeld says:

    great ideas and tips

  3. Angela says:

    good tips .I am going to use these in a few weeks. Thanks

  4. MLS says:

    Are we there yet is fun to here.

  5. mida says:

    this articles has great idea

  6. krsy001 says:

    I am going to be trying these this June!!!Good tips!!!

  7. wishingwell says:

    These are all great tips, and I will be using them this summer when we have to take our two toddlers down to see their grandparents!

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