If you're a parent of small children and planning to travel for Spring Break, I'm willing to bet you're more than a little bit frazzled right now. You're probably busy deciding what to pack, entertainment for the kids, and even your best route. If you're a frugal parent like me, you're also probably finding the best possible deals on hotels, gas, and meals.
Traveling with kids is always a challenge, especially if you're choosing to do so by car! This is all we ever do, since our travel destinations are within 12 hours of us! We usually end up in my hometown, Cleveland, Ohio. This is where my favorite person in the world lives. We usually visit my Grandma, who just happens to be the best darn Grandma in the history of the world! We have made the 8 hour trip to Cleveland several times. First with just my oldest, once with my oldest and Sophie, my middle child, and then another time with all 3 kids AND our dog, Chloe! Talk about a LONG car ride!
Preparing for a trip can be just as stressful as the trip itself! While we're staying put for Spring Break this year, I know many families will be on the road soon.Spring break trips with your kids are a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with them,away from other daily distractions. A little undivided attention from Mom or Dad can go a long way toward a little person's happiness. I would love to share some helpful tips on how to successfully travel with children, courtesy of the awesome folks at Earth's Best Organic, as well as a few sanity-saving tips of my own!
Here are some fun ideas for car and air travel:
Get a good song book with all the lyrics.
- It surprising how many songs you think you know to which you really don't know all the
words. Have a singing marathon and learn the old classics by heart.
Rest Stop Athletics
- Keep a frisbee or jump rope in the back of your car or van, along with a picnic blanket so
when you stop at a rest area, everyone can run and be free and stretch their legs.
Pipe Cleaner Creatures
-Use fuzzy pipe cleaners to create all kinds of creatures that kids can also use for creative
play. This activity can keep kids busy at the airport, on the plane or even when you get
to your destination!
-If you're traveling with your pup, make sure to pack your leash, some snacks, and plenty of toys for the ride. My dog Chloe LOVES her Kong. We pack it full of organic peanut butter, and this keeps her occupied for hours in the car!
Audio Books Rock!
-When traveling with an older child, audio books can be a lifesaver. Especially when your kid doesn't want to listen to "old people" music. One time, we listened to 2 whole Harry Potter books, and we loved every minute. These can also be downloaded to iPods and mp3 players so the kids can listen on their own!
Healthy Snacks On Board
-Nothing is worse than heating "But Mooo-ooom, I'm HUNGRY"....Especially when you're over 100 miles from the nearest rest stop! One key to easier spring break travel is providing your children with quick, portable, mess-free snacks,eliminating the potential of a sticky child stuck for hours in an airplane seat or car seat. Try Earth’s Best
Sunny Days Snack Bars and Earth’s Best Crunchin’ Crackers that are made from organic wheat flour and
fortified with calcium, iron, zinc and six B Vitamins. These snacks contain no hydrogenated oil, trans
saturated fats, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and your children will love them!
Here's hoping for safe, uneventful, and FUN Spring Break travels! Are you going anywhere this year? Do you have any additional tips to make traveling with kids less chaotic? I'd love to hear them!
***Disclosure: As an Earth's Best Blogger, I receive products and information to facilitate my posts.No other compensation is provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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