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5 Tips For Traveling with Kids

by Gretchen Schomer Wendel  |  4361 views  |  4 comments  |      Rate this now! 

Traveling with Kids

I'll keep this article short. I am a working Mom of a 4 year-old boy, Clayton, and a 2 year-old girl, Megan, and I know for all of us reading long articles is tough. I am an author of a series of children's books called "Becka and the Big Bubble", which are about a girl who travels on a magic bubble. So traveling is something we do all the time!

Here are my tips for parents traveling with kids:

1. NIGHT LIGHT -- Pack a night light for the dark bathrooms in hotels or at Grandma's house.

2. SOUND MACHINE -- Invest in a sound machine (usually between $10-$20). The soothing sounds will drown out your kids' little noises or outside noises (which may keep them awake) in a hotel room or in tight quarters at a friend's house.

3. FAMILIAR ITEMS -- I always forget my daughter's dolls when traveling and of course she asks for them. So remember your kids' favorite comfort items.

4. ASK FRIENDS/FAMILY TO BUY BULKY ITEMS -- To minimize over-loaded suitcases I send my Mom a check in advance for $20 to cover diapers and wipes. Most friends and family are out at the grocery store preparing so they are happy to help. If traveling to a hotel usually a concierge will buy you what you want if you give them notice.

5. QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR KIDS -- Remember this is your QUALITY time with our kids. They will remember these trips more then anything else in their life so enjoy your traveling time with them!

Gretchen Schomer Wendel is the Author of "Becka and the Big Bubble", an award winning series of Children's Books. To learn more, please go to

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  • Just before I became pregnant, my father was diagnosed with cancer. In between my daughter's birth and his death three years later, she and I took 45 plane trips, 16 of them transatlantic. We live in Turkey, my home town is in Oregon. It takes three airplanes to get there, and three back. We were usually seated in the baby ghetto, up in the front of the compartment, with other families. When you get onto a transatlantic flight (11 hours) with a baby or toddler, people look at you with fear and apprehension. It takes a bit of doing to get through it smoothly, but it is possible. At the end of flights I was often thanked by the people sitting around me. The most important thing to keep in mind is that in a closed environment with border cranky people is that the flight time is not a time for you, as the parent, to sleep or read or watch movies or otherwise indulge in "me time". I sat across the aisle from a woman with two kids and they literally SCREAMED the whole way from Copenhagen to Seattle. The mother ignored them except for meal times. I've been on flights with little boys running up and down the aisles with flashing screeching space guns (pre 9/11). I have had mothers point to us and send their little terrors over to talk to us because we have a child (I sent them back). Pack books, snacks, art supplies, anything your child will enjoy doing, and then do it with him or her. Don't bother with your own book, though a magazine might do. Don't forget gum to help with ears on take off and landing. If you have three flights in one direction like we did (do), pack a change of clothes for each person so that at the final leg you can change and have fresh clothes for arrival (you can spill and rip all kinds of stuff on yourself going transatlantic). Pack some surprises to pull out at random moments. Travelling with a baby or toddler is stressful, but it has its moments. When my daughter was two, we took a domestic flight in Turkey. She got into her seat, looked up at me and said, "Where's the lady with the pillow and the coke?"

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by KatieK on 3rd October 2007

  • Something else I find to be helpful, I trade with a friend for new toys. When my bestfriend when on a trip to NY from FL, her kids were bored with their toys. So I sat down and went through my kids toys and found a few not so noisy, but new and entertaining toys. Now whenever one of us travels, we trade toys for a while. I also pack certain snacks they dont normally get. My kids have food additive allergies, so they dont get candy often at all. so i buy some organic lollipops, it keeps them busy for HOURS! I also have things at my moms house, and certain places i travel a lot so its something for them to look forward to during each trip.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by spazzmom on 15th August 2007

  • Great tips! The one about buying diapers and wipes at the destination is a great one. Our suitcases are often full and we haven't even packed our clothes. If your kids have a favorite toy or blanket, we've often purchased an additional one just in case it gets lost when we are traveling. Thanks so much for all this good advice

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Teamgordon on 7th May 2007

  • Great article! I travel often with my kids, and these are great tips to remember.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by sglassner on 5th May 2007