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.
Summer travel with kids or without can be hectic. Definitely it’s important to remember to stay hydrated.
I love the idea of hooking up to the hotel wifi immediately when you get to the hotel. Great tip for saving money on data!
OMGosh this is really fantastic! While I don’t have younger children, they are teens, I can agree that this list is helpful across the board to making sure you can travel with kids without the headache or unexpected oopsies!
These are all excellent tips. My niece and nephew have been traveling with my sister since they were little. Even though it was mostly short day trips, it’s still been something that required most of these tips.
these are some great hack tips. i will def have to share this with my friends.
Deb Pearl says
Thank you for all the tips for traveling with kids. My husband and I really want to go on a trip since we haven’t been on one since we had our son. I think it would be a great idea to provide our son with non-tech options to keep himself entertained in the car. We will have to look for fun things he can do.