If you’ve ever traveled with (or next to) an unhappy child, you know how important it is to keep kids occupied, fed, and entertained on a trip. Here are some tips for packing, flying, and car travel — as well as ways to keep your little one from asking “Are we there yet?”
pens, pencils, and crayons
coloring books and drawing paper
favorite toy or stuffed animal
books — picture or reading, depending on age
pillow and blanket
Ziploc bags for storing small items
plastic trash bags for wet clothes and garbage
healthy snacks — dried fruit, nuts, etc.
bottled water or juice
bring snacks in pre-packed ziploc bags
give your infant a bottle to suck to reduce ear pressure
bring a bag of toys, coloring books, etc. to keep kids occupied
bring wet wipes, a rag, and a change of clothes for your kid
request an aisle seat for easy access to the bathroom
try not to sit in a middle or window seat with a fidgety child
play the alphabet game
name all of the US states
count license plates from other states
make up a story — each person adding the next sentence
create a list of things your kids want to do when they arrive
let your kids follow your route on the map
avoid competitive games to fend off hurt feelings
avoid long periods trapped in the car
make frequent stops to stretch and walk around
plan interesting sights at regular intervals along the trip
plan plenty of down time playing in the pool or at the hotel
let your kids help plan the trip, picking their own stops
set clear boundaries — about restaurants, budget, etc.
pack plenty of ice and water, especially in hot weather
buy personal battery-operated fans to avoid heat exhaustion
give each kid a pair of sunglasses to stave off headaches
pack a first aid kit with bandages and basic children’s medications
never leave kids alone in a parked car, even with windows down
keep an eye on kids at rest stopsClick here for reuse options!
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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.
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