Are you a seasoned traveler or a novice? Either way, traveling with kids changes how you do things. While a flight delay might be an annoying experience for a solo traveler, it can be downright awful for those with young, hungry, tired, and bored children. Here are some quick tips to make your travel days go smoothly. Or at least as smoothly as possible.
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Thank you, Simone, for this wonderful post about vacationing in Cancun, Mexico in an all-inclusive resort! This article is not sponsored by Club Med and all opinions are those of the author.
One of our new requirements for going on vacation is that neither one of us has been to that particular destination before (unless it is as magnificent of a location as Paris, of course). This time, after contemplating, researching, and budget planning, we decided on: nothing! We just somehow did not do anything other than thinking and talking about it.
We are visiting Mexico! I am so excited that we finally get to travel (and a little nervous). The plans are made and now, I have to start packing!
Pro-tip: it’s best if you remember your toothbrush. When you are without a car and very busy, it’s a little difficult to get to an Oxxo (a convenience store in Mexico).
Newsflash! We are traveling via airplane soon! It’ll be the first time flying with kids (dun, dun, dun!) Knowing that we will be flying soon, I looked into car seats again. We wanted to replace our despised current car seat with a Britax Frontier. We also have a Britax Boulevard and that one is very easy to install correctly. In addition, two friends have the Frontier and recommend it specifically for ease of use.
We love Britax seats. That decision was easy. But I started thinking ahead to traveling by myself with two kiddos who need car seats. How on earth is that going to work?!
I don’t worry about screen time, but sometimes a parent needs to have other options available to entertain the kids, especially while traveling! So, I have compiled a list of some no tech, low cost, low mess ways to entertain children while traveling. All items in this list will go through airport security.
Hello, travel lovers! I hope 2016 has provided you with many wonderful travel opportunities. While we didn’t travel as much as I had hoped, 2016 provided me with much time to dream. First things first! I started this blog in April. Since then, we traveled to:
- Tomahawk, Wisconsin
- Newport, Kentucky
- Vermilion, Ohio
- Cincinnati, Ohio
Bigger plans had to be scrapped this year, due to some unforeseen circumstances. Those money suckers started four days after I started the blog. Talk about great timing (sarcasm).
It’s that time of year in the United States. Do you need some gift ideas for the traveling child? Do you need some ideas for your next long trip? Here are some great gifts for toddlers and preschoolers that also travel well. This gift list has a mixture of things I’ve purchased, recommendations from other traveling parents, and the best reviewed items I’m considering buying for our next trip.
While I don’t always do a lot of research before buying toys, it is imperative to read reviews before buying items that are meant for travel. Some travel toys are a GREAT idea in concept, but are not constructed well. This list has the best!
I took the kids to the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, for the first time earlier this month (November, 2016). It was also my first visit there! Of course, I’ve been to museums before, but not with kids in tow (except for the Henry Ford Museum, but that’s a little different).
So, is it fun for kids?
My eyes flew open. The fan stopped. Why did the fan stop?
“Mama!” A young voice yells. I hear the foot stomps getting closer to the bedroom door. “Mama!”
“MAMA! THE POWER IS OUT!”
The door flies open. My 4 year old son bounds into my bedroom. “Mama, the power is out,” he says.
“I know,” I say, still drowsy. “Go back downstairs with papa, okay? I’ll be down shortly. Please don’t wake your sister.”
Of course, by this time, everyone is awake. Please let there be coffee, is my mantra on each step down the stairs.
As usual, I wasn’t prepared for the trip, this time to Newport Aquarium. I packed twice the night before and once again in the morning, because everytime I turned around, my two little humans were unpacking the suitcase and using it for a doll bed. I was worried I’d forget an essential item. And worse, I wondered would my kids enjoy the aquarium?