3 Way’s to Stay Sane When Traveling with Little Ones
Toothbrush, deodorant, extra outfit in case you go out..... Heels, flats, oh and don’t forget your jacket! The excitement surrounding going on vacation can also lead to a stressful packing process. Trying to make sure you have everything in your suitcase and it weighs under the 50 pound limit are a part of traveling that we all can do without!
Recently, I traveled to Cleveland from Tampa with my daughters and I decided to take a few steps to relieve some of the stress that was enevitable to follow. I’m so glad I did, because thanks to an airline which I will go without mentioning, our flight was delayed 4 WHOLE HOURS!!!! We were in the airport the whole time and, mom here, had to figure out a way to keep everyone sane.
My first recommendation is to get organized. I purchased a lanyard for my ID and debit cards. Previously, I always found myself digging in my carryon for my drivers license during check-in and worrying about my other cards falling out of my back pocket. Being able to wear my cards around my neck saved me a lot of time and gave me a sense of security on not misplacing them or them getting lost. I also found that packing just one carry on was way easier than 3 separate bags for all of us. Traveling with little ones does have it’s perks. They are a bit more lenient when it comes to personal items and baby bags.
My second recommendation would be to make sure all electronic devices are fully charged and chargers are within arms reach. Luckily, the airport had game kiosks for the kids to play on. This left me time to whip out my iPad and do a little work to make the best of our flight delay. Time wait for no one and there is never a bad time to secure the bag, not even in an airport.
The third reommendation is to utilize online shopping and have some of your necessities delivered to your destination. I was traveling to stay with family so having a package sent to my grandmothers house wasn’t a big deal, but if you are staying at a hotel, call ahead and see if they will accept a package on your behalf. With my Target Red Card I got free shipping and 5% off so it was a legit no brainer. This was thee BEST idea I had thus far. I didn’t have to worry about packing enough pull-ups or having them take up the majority of the space in my suitcase. I also, ordered other essentials that we so seldom forget at home or leave behind like toothpaste, soap, and deodorant.
Overall, taking full advantage and utilizing resources available to you to make the trip go as smoothly as possible automatically qualifies as a major mommy move. In what ways have you made traveling easy when traveling with little ones? I’d love to hear them.