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Traveling With Children: A Guide for Parents Surviving Family Travel

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

Hey readers! This past week, I traveled with my nieces and nephews and we had a blast! But if there is one thing I learned, it’s traveling with children is no easy feat. As if traveling isn’t hectic enough, when you’re traveling with small humans, everything is more difficult. For one you have to make sure that everything you packed, you pack two or three times. That means you’re packing clothes for them, shoes for them, and toiletries. You have to make sure that you have all of their travel documents as well as any emergency things they might need like children’s Benadryl Or Band-Aids for cuts and bruises. But there are a few things that can help you when traveling with kids, so here are top three tips.

1. Get AirTags

This might sound crazy but buy your child AirTags. Get them a cute necklace or watch from Amazon like the ones link below, and put AirTags in the watch or necklace. That way, you can keep track of your child at all times. If you’re traveling with them and they want to wander off to get something or if they have to use the bathroom and would like to go by themselves you’re able to track them using the airtag. It’ll alert you if your child gets too far out of range and you don’t have to worry about watching them every second if they’re a bit older and want some sort of independence with doing a certain task.

2. Bring games

I’m a firm believer in that a child doesn’t always need to have a device like a phone or tablet in front of them to be entertained. Bring some fun games for them to play with while you’re either at the airport or in the car to make the time go faster for them. It could be anything from crossword puzzles, Rubiks cubes or trivia games. Just bring something that will keep them entertained so that way they’re not antsy and bored. For example, I bought some coloring books for my niece so while we were on the plane and while we were in the car she had something that preoccupied her time while the adults got to sit and relax for a moment or two.

3. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Say you forgot something or your child is having a mini meltdown because they want to do something they can't right now because you’re traveling. Try not to get stressed. I know it’s easier said than done, but just enjoy this moment. Your child is enjoying a new experience with you and it’s important to just take it all in while you can. Things will go according to plan and other things will not, but just learn to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy the moment with your little ones and your family

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