When traveling with young children, parents can feel like they’re jumping through hoops to keep the peace and maintain sanity. With a holiday weekend coming up, stress levels can start to rise at just the thought of lugging luggage, unhappy children, heavy diaper bags and more to your weekend destination. Every parent has their go-to travel tips, and we thought we would share a few more from our own Kolcraft parents.
1. “One of the things we learned quickly was what type of stroller to bring. If we are going to the mall or store, we bring the Options Optima Tandem so that we can store items within the stroller. If we are going to an outdoor event that requires loading up the car with luggage, coolers and sports equipment, in order to save space we use the Jeep double umbrella stroller.” Pat, father of 11-month-old twins
2. “Our family has a lot of fun on road trips. We do a bunch of different things to pass the time:
We sometimes would make up different bags with things to do in it for the younger kids. Then every hour they receive a bag with the activity they can do. It gave them something to look forward to. We also listen to audio books for kids; like the Narnia series, where each story is 4 hours long. We’ll do all sorts of games in the car from spelling sentences, spotting signs we see, to other games like that in the car. We also learned when stopping at a hotel for the night to have one suitcase for everyone instead of each person having their own suitcase and having to lug them all in for just one night.” Sam, father of 5
3. “With toddler aged children, not necessarily for infants, I always over-pack activities and snacks. For plane rides and road trips I try to bring a ton of new and different activities (movies, electronic games on phones, iPad or laptop, board games, etc.) to keep them busy and occupied. They go through games very quickly, especially if they don’t like it. Same thing with the snacks, bring things that they have never tried before. But, for both activities and snacks, it is just as important to bring the ones they are familiar with, in case they hate the new stuff!” Hyon, mother of 2
So if your 4th of July plans involve any sort of travel, remember to pack plenty of supplies, as little luggage as possible, and make sure you’re well equipped with the right strollers and hopefully the process will be a little less stressful! What are your tips for traveling with children? Tell us on here, Facebook or Twitter!