Traveling With Children

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?”

Creating A Kid’s Travel Kit

Checkmark-Iconpens, pencils, and crayons

Xmark-Iconcoloring books and drawing paper

Checkmark-Icontravel games

Xmark-Iconfavorite toy or stuffed animal

Checkmark-Iconbooks — picture or reading, depending on age

Xmark-Iconpillow and blanket

Checkmark-IconZiploc bags for storing small items

Xmark-Iconplastic trash bags for wet clothes and garbage

Checkmark-Iconhealthy snacks — dried fruit, nuts, etc.

Xmark-Iconbottled water or juice

Flying With Children

Checkmark-Iconbring snacks in pre-packed ziploc bags

Xmark-Icongive your infant a bottle to suck to reduce ear pressure

Checkmark-Iconbring a bag of toys, coloring books, etc. to keep kids occupied

Xmark-Iconbring wet wipes, a rag, and a change of clothes for your kid

Checkmark-Iconrequest an aisle seat for easy access to the bathroom

Xmark-Icontry not to sit in a middle or window seat with a fidgety child

Keeping Busy In The Car

Checkmark-Iconplay the alphabet game

Xmark-Iconname all of the US states

Checkmark-Iconcount license plates from other states

Xmark-Iconmake up a story — each person adding the next sentence

Checkmark-Iconcreate a list of things your kids want to do when they arrive

Xmark-Iconlet your kids follow your route on the map

Checkmark-Iconavoid competitive games to fend off hurt feelings

Long Trips — Avoiding The Crankies

Xmark-Iconavoid long periods trapped in the car

Checkmark-Iconmake frequent stops to stretch and walk around

Xmark-Iconplan interesting sights at regular intervals along the trip

Checkmark-Iconplan plenty of down time playing in the pool or at the hotel

Xmark-Iconlet your kids help plan the trip, picking their own stops

Checkmark-Iconset clear boundaries — about restaurants, budget, etc.

Protecting Your Kids

Xmark-Iconpack plenty of ice and water, especially in hot weather

Checkmark-Iconbuy personal battery-operated fans to avoid heat exhaustion

Xmark-Icongive each kid a pair of sunglasses to stave off headaches

Checkmark-Iconpack a first aid kit with bandages and basic children’s medications

Xmark-Iconnever leave kids alone in a parked car, even with windows down

Checkmark-Iconkeep an eye on kids at rest stops

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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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