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Traveling with Kids – Bring Their Good Stuff


Each summer children finish school for the year and parents travel for family vacations. For some families travel is a glorious experience, for others, it is a horrible experience that no one ever wants to repeat. This post will share some ideas on how to make your travel less onerous.

I am the mother of four children ages 23, 16, 12 and 12. In addition, I am work at home mom with a small business that needs my attention every day even during vacation. The biggest trick I ever learned for having a good travel experience with my children is to treat their play, the way I treat my job. In other words, bring the equipment needed to get the job done.

When our family drives on vacation my husband does all the driving. That means the rest of us are passengers and need something to do to pass the time. Of course you need to pack the clothes, toiletries, first aid kit and things of that nature. Those things are important, but for traveling with your kids, they are not the most important. When traveling with your kids, their fun stuff is the most important. So be sure to pack their tablets, hand-held video games, e-readers, chargers and rechargeable batteries. Be sure to have an emergency power charger like for your cell phone for each child.


In addition, don’t forget low tech options. This includes pen, paper, crayons coloring books, construction paper. Playing cards, and trivia games are also great travel companions. All these options are great for traveling by car, plane and train. IN addition, once you get to your destination they are great to have at the hotel. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, all these items will help save your sanity if you are stuck in a hotel for days at a time. By packing all the toys, gadgets and fun things your children need, you can keep them occupied and happy while you travel. When it comes to travel, happy kids really does mean a happy life.



In conclusion, it is fantastic to travel with your kids and to survive the experience with a smile. So, the question for you this fantastic day is how do you survive traveling with your kids?

Janeane Davis

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  • I have traveled to Paris and Italy in February. The weather is fabulous (I HATE the heat) and the crowds are MUCH less, although, admittedly, there were still PLENTY of tourists. I couldn’t imagine going to either place in June…. I’ll be traveling to Germany in March next year. I’d MUCH rather see places on a budget than save for 5 years to get that luxury room in Paris. In June. Not worth the extra money to me.long let london

  • What a wonderful idea for travelling light but keeping memories. This week we are starting a four month journey through Italy and Croatia. I am stealing your idea for a weekly photo. Thank you!Thailand Holiday Package

  • Hello, It is always good to have something with you to keep them distracted during travels. It can be something you eat or a great travel toy. I find origami as a nice way to keep your kid’s distracted. fantastic tips and ideas.

  • When I travel I usually tend to avoid uncomfortable items that dig into my body, especially trousers whose button goes straight into your stomach, ouch! That’s why I’m starting to love jeggins/treggins with side zips and no buttons on the front; they still look like trousers, but are comfortable to sit in for long periods of time! Also, comfortable shoes: having fussy feet, they’re a must for me, even if I’d like to wear heels without doubling over from pain after 30 minutes I’m walking in them!

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  • I enjoy reading through your site. I learn a lot of good recipes and definitely I will try. I love your travel document through China. Most of the ancient cities are beautiful. For every picture of the “Venice of the East,” I feel as if I live through a character of the story books in Song, Minh and Qing dynasties. It’s good to have a dreamy moment once in a while through those pictures. Your site run very slow and sometimes does not move. I wonder if the file is too big for loading? any way, post more new recipes and travel. I feel as if I travel with you guys without the pain have to go through the TSA at the airport. :-)

  • It’s important that I be his voice and express to the agent that while he may seem non-compliant, it’s not the case, it’s just that he doesn’t exactly comprehend what’s being asked of him. When I did that the agent actually offered for me to stand next to her and help with giving him directions – what a relief, seriously. Something else that is key for us is to be sure he is flanked by myself and his Dad so there’s someone on either side of the screening machine to guide him.Amalfi

  • Great tips as the winter weather sneaks in. Too bad we have rain instead of snow down here in the South. Still having to make sure it doesn’t drop in puddles.

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