Hacks for Traveling with Kids

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
— Gustave Flaubert

Does the thought of making a trip to the DMV sound more appealing than packing the kids into the car for a road trip? OKAY, that might be a little excessive but traveling with the kids, especially young children, doesn’t come without its challenges. Fortunately, there are plenty of hacks to help make traveling with the whole family a lot more enjoyable for you and the kids. We’ve compiled a list of a few must haves for making your next family trip a pleasant experience for all.  

Food is a must. You’ve heard it before, 30 minutes into the trip and someone wants something to eat even if you’ve just eaten breakfast before embarking on your journey. Do yourself a favor and make sure to pack plenty of travel friendly snacks. You’ll also want to consider packing your own lunches as this will save you time and money. Stop for lunch at a rest stop or park for a quick stretch and bite to eat; not having to wait for your food to be made will help you get back on the road in no time. Or, if no one needs to use the restroom eat on the go in the car.  

Clean-Up Supplies
Clean up supplies cannot be understated when traveling with kids. Make sure to grab some wet-naps or baby wipes for dirty faces and potential spills along with regular napkins. It also might be worth investing in a portable hand vacuum to be prepared for big clean up jobs.

Wi-Fi Capable Portable Electronics
The latest technology has been a lifesaver when it comes to traveling with kids. iPads and tablets, laptops, MP3/MP4 players, and handheld gaming devices will help minimize having to hear the words, “I’m bored.” Nowadays most cell phones come with Wi-FI Hotspots so that you can tether tablets and laptops to your phone so that your kids can watch Netflix or other streaming video services while on the go. 

Don’t forget the headphones!! Headphones will help you keep your sanity on the trip especially if everyone is watching or listening to something different. The best way to keep the car to a peaceful silence (or so you’ll be able to hear your own music) is with headphones. 

First Aid Kit
It always happens that someone needs a band aid when you least expect it. Kids are accident prone so pick up a travel first aid kit or make your own with a few essentials. Add in a pack of assorted band aids, antiseptic spray, tweezers, Neosporin, and whatever else you might need on your travels. 

Sick Supplies
There’s nothing worse then getting sick on a vacation. Pack a kit with a few “just in case” essentials such as cough drops, cough syrup, Tylenol, and tissues. It’s also worth adding a pack of Airborne or Emergence to your pack for anyone who feels like they might be coming down with something. The best way to fight off a cold is to not get one in the first place.