Planning a family vacation is always exciting, but it can also be a little stressful. With summer upon us, I wanted to share some hacks and tips when traveling with kids. From the journey to the vacation itself, there’s a ton of ideas to make your family adventure a little more manageable.
25+ Hacks and Tips for Traveling with Kids
There’s more to traveling with kids than keeping them entertained, although there are a few ideas I’ve listed for that too. From snacking to safety, I’ve got over 20 hacks and tips that will help make your life easier!
On the Road or in the Air
No-mess snack packs. Use inexpensive dollar store containers to make snack packs for each child for those extended trips. By planning this ahead of time, you’ll make life easier than trying to distribute snacks in a moving vehicle. Plus, they can use the containers as crumb catchers!
Make sure you have “The Bag”. If you have little ones that get carsick, make your own natural air freshener out of essential oils from Gym Craft Laundry. She also puts together a motion sickness kit just in case.
DIY Kid Entertainment
- Travel Coloring Kit
- Travel Kit Binder
- DIY LEGO Travel Board [The Nerd’s Wife]
- Travel Memory Game [Kids Activities Blog]
- Create a Travel Journal with these free printables [Small Travel Bugs]
Need to get your vehicle cleaned out and ready for a road trip with the family? Check out how we organized our minivan! The methods we used are super practical and effective!
At the Hotel
A quick trip to the grocery store can be a sanity saver. My kids love to snack, but dining out and convenience store runs can drain the vacation budget very quickly. Visit the nearest grocery store to stock up on items that will satisfy the family in between meal times. Hay Hay Life offers a few great in-room meal planning ideas for some money-saving inspiration.
Disable in-app purchases. This doesn’t just apply to traveling, but we always double check our settings. During down times of our trips, our kids enjoy a little time with their gadgets. Some of those free apps can be “tricky” so in order to avoid accidental purchases, we disable in-app purchases.
For a low-tech option, pack a few favorite DVDs. Most hotels have DVD players (NOT Blu-Ray though!) We packed a few Looney Tune DVDs for a recent 2 night trip and it was perfect to keep the kids occupied after a long day of fun when Mom & Dad wanted to relax.
Playing it Safe
Childproofing made easy. Pack a roll of painter’s tape to cover outlets within reach of little hands. These won’t leave any residue or peel any paint off.