Summer Traveling With Kids #MommyMonday

Traveling in the summertime is like hot cocoa in the winter. It's just what you do. And that might mean a weekend trip to the grandparents 3 hours away or a 3 hour flight to Disneyland. I am currently staying with my sister in Long Beach, California. Se is due tomorrow with her 3rd baby…and her first girl! We are all excited about pink up in here! But I digress…

Since my husband and I are in the middle of buying a house, he stayed home to pack and finalize a few more things. So I sent my 7 year old down the week before me on a plane. By. Him. Self. I was super nervous and cried as his plane left the gate, but I knew he would be safe. And the end of last week I flew down to Long Beach with my 13 month old (My stepsons are on a vacation with their mom). Traveling with kids is no easy task. I learned a few things this past week so I put together a few tips for road trips, flights and living away from home in general. I hope it helps with your next trip!

Tips For Traveling With Kids:

-Pack Snacks. Use a gallon size bag for each child and pack snacks for each one with their name on it. That way each child knows what they have and it makes it easy to pass them out in the car. And it makes them feel special. This works for air travel too.

-Plan Naps. Try to schedule nap times around travel. I know this can be a tough one, but keeping a child up until you begin your drive will surely bring a peaceful car ride. Fingers crossed anyway!

-Moomy. No that wasn't a typo. Moomy is what my 13 month old calls his little blanket with a cow head on it. Basically, children need to be comforted sometimes, especially when they are in a new place. Encourage them to bring a stuffed animal or soft pillow in the car.

-Technology. Sometimes technology is totally your friend. A DVD player in the car for long road trips or an iPad can really help entertain your child when he has to sit on a plane for hours at a time.

-Non-Tech Activities. I sent my 7 year old with a new sketch book, colored pencils and some new dinosaur stencils. I wouldn't let him use them until he got on the plane, which made him really exited to go. I thought it would help since he was a little nervous the night before the flight. Klutz makes some cool activity books and kits.

-Motion Sickness Relief. My husband gets really sick on planes. You never know if your child will be nauseous from a plane ride, until you get there. So it is best to be prepared. Sea Band makes a really cool child pack of sea-bands that is a drug-free, natural way to provide relief.

You never know what's going to happen when you are traveling with kids. So be prepared with a flexible, positive attitude. I hope you enjoy a vacation this summer (even if it's a backyard camp out!), good luck!



Tags: Long Beach Summer Traveling, summer traveling with kids
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    • Jess
    • July 8, 2013

    The new toy concept is great at no matter what age!!

    For long flights make sure you bring extra clothes in your carry on… Otherwise it may be a long stinky 9 hr flight home….just saying. Not like that’s happened or anything before ;-))))

    1. Reply

      Yes, I forgot a change of clothes, great idea!

    • Honeybee
    • July 9, 2013

    We travel by car to my hometown almost every week and it took about 2.5 hour drive. It’s kind of boring trips for the kids but I always make them sleep throughout the journey. 🙂


    • Rabia @TheLiebers
    • July 13, 2013

    We did the gallon sized bags and the seemed to eat less because they knew that’s all they were getting. Had I packed just one bag they probably would have raced each other to eat the most food at one time! Great tips!

    1. Reply

      Totally, they ration well. 🙂

    • Christy@SweetandSavoring
    • July 13, 2013

    What a nice and helpful post! Passing this on to my friends with kids 🙂
    Happy weekend!

    1. Reply

      Thank you for visiting!

    • a happier girl
    • July 14, 2013

    When we go on a trip, my kids always get a little surprise at the hotel from the bottom of my suitcase. When they were little, it was a toy like a new car to roll around for my son. Now it’s usually some sort of craft they can do while my husband and I unpack a little and relax. Last time it was a box of mosaics you make with stickers. They spent a peaceful hour every night before bed working on it.

    • Heather Von St James
    • July 15, 2013

    Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)

    • Travel Center Inc.
    • July 15, 2013

    Hello! This is Britt from your local Travel Leaders office. If any busy moms need help planning their summer vacations, please give us a call or stop by our office. Even if you just need some advice, stop by our Facebook page ( and we will be there for you. Hope to help with your dream vacation soon!

    • ladygoogoogaga
    • July 15, 2013

    Great tips!!

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