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 www.BeckaAndTheBigBubble.com.