Thursday, August 24, 2017

Guest Post: Mommy Stroller

Traveling with Little Ones – Things to Keep in Mind!

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Traveling can often be stressful, exhausting, and frustrating. When including children in your traveling, it can be twice as demanding and taxing. Of course, it is fun to bring along the little ones, but it is best to be prepared for your adventure. Whether traveling by plane, train, car, or boat, being prepared is always the first step to a smooth trip. Making a list of what you want to bring or do before your departure can help ensure that you don’t forget anything. Becoming familiar with the area you will be traveling to is also a good idea as you will be prepared for what to expect. Look up the weather and be sure that everyone in your family is packed for the weather of the area of which you will be traveling to.
Traveling with kids can be intimidating; however, if you are prepared, then it can be a breeze. Here are tips for a few different areas which can make or break your experience of traveling with your little ones.
Packing for your family can feel overwhelming however if you organize the process, it can be much more manageable.
  • Give each person their own bag of clothes to avoid having to dig through bags and suitcases to get dressed.
  • When packing for little ones, gather all the clothes and accessories for each individual outfit and place each outfit in a separate gallon bag. Include hair accessories and socks.
  • Always include extra clothes, so you will be prepared for muddy puddles and food spills during your travels.
  • Bring your child’s night time teddy bear or doll to make them more comfortable at bedtime.
  • Bring along travel-friendly baby equipment such as an umbrella stroller or a travel crib.
Being Prepared for Different Scenarios
When traveling with little ones, it is always best to be prepared for anything. Whether you are traveling on a plane, train or car, every parent’s goal is to keep the peace and being prepared when traveling can help achieve that goal.
  • Pack quiet activities such as coloring books, toys, or games to entertain the children. It is easiest to designate one bag as the ‘activity bag’ for easy transportation and accessibility.
  • There is always the possibility of your child getting motion sickness so bring along plastic bags, an accessible change of clothes, and consider using motion sickness medication.
  • When traveling with an infant, pack extra bottles in their diaper bag so you don’t have to worry about washing bottles along the way.
  • When traveling with children, always allow for extra time for bathroom breaks as well as time to take a break from riding in the car. It can be difficult for children to stay seated for very long so it can help to get them opportunities to run around and stretch their legs along the way.
Outdoor Activities
Traveling or vacationing outdoors has its own challenges. Always pack for the upcoming weather and bring extra layers in case it happens to rain or get cold.
  • If you will be hiking, tell each child to look for a walking stick or a rock in the shape of a heart. This scavenger hunt game will make the outdoors exciting for them and it will also entertain them along the way.
  • Bring extra shoes for everyone as it may get muddy and dirty. Having a pair of extra shoes will keep your tent clean as well as your car.
  • If camping, pack games and activities that can be played in a tent if it rains. If it is your kid’s first time camping, I recommend getting a cabin tent so that everyone feels close together and feels “at home.”
  • If kayaking, be sure to find a right kayak for your child. It’ll also be wise to paddle with your child in the same kayak for the first few times.
  • Bring along snacks and packed lunches so you don’t have to prepare or purchase anything along the way.
  • Consider where your baby will eat outdoors. Setting a car seat on the ground can serve as a temporary high chair.
Tourist Destinations
Traveling to a tourist destination can be stressful. It is always best to plan for limited storage and limited accessibility to bathrooms.
  • When traveling to a tourist destination spot, opt for a lightweight stroller rather than a larger, bulkier model. This will help with storage, transportation, and ease of use while traveling.
  • Before leaving the hotel room, make sure everyone uses the bathroom as it could be a while until you find a public restroom.
  • If taking a taxi, still consider car seat laws and safety.
  • When you arrive at your destination, discuss a mutual meeting spot with older children should someone get separated from the group.
  • Bring along a diaper bag with a blanket that can be draped over a stroller for diaper changing, if necessary.
Closing Comments
Traveling with children can sound intimidating but with preparation and planning, it can be more relaxing and less demanding. Keep in mind that it is likely that your sleep will be interrupted as it may be difficult for them to stick to their sleep schedule when traveling. Traveling can be exhausting with children so it is a good idea to schedule one extra day of vacation for recuperation at home prior to returning to school or work. Pack a garbage bag and place dirty clothes in it throughout your trip so you know which clothes need to be washed when you arrive home.
Another tip that’s useful is to try to travel in the wee hours of the morning as your children will likely sleep through most of the transportation, making the trip easier and less stressful for everyone. When traveling with children, always plan for the best but prepare for the worst - allow for extra time and try not to stick to a rigorous schedule as children often don’t follow schedules.
Traveling with children can disrupt your sanity and plans; however, if you are prepared for possible incidents and issues, you will have a more successful trip allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Who's the Writer

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Evelyn is the person behind Mommy Stroller. The blog was started by Evelyn and her husband, Paul, who both decided to blog about baby gear after the overwhelming feeling they experienced when trying to pick out their first stroller. Both of them enjoy spending time with family and friend, live music, and going on jogs with their kids (in a stroller).

For detailed baby gear guides, stroller reviews and anything and everything stroller related, check out Mommy Stroller! You can also connect with the Mommy Stroller crew on Pinterest and Facebook.

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