We traveled like pros this month thanks to the help of Capri Sun, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #CapriSunMomFactor
Just a few months ago, my family traveled to San Antonio, TX, to visit family for Easter. We made the daring decision to drive straight through, nearly 1000 miles, from where we lived in Mesa, AZ. With four children ages five and under, it’s easy to imagine how impossible that task could be, and we made many mistakes in packing and prepping for the needs of the kids. With those mistakes in mind, I was prepared to make our permanent move to Texas a far better experience, so I compiled a simple list of tips for traveling with kids that will help any trip get started off on the right foot!
1| Keep the pillows handy. Although this annoys my husband, I override him, because it is such a lifesaver! Not only do the kids love to play with their pillows, they fold them up and sleep on them when they get tired. And if you’re doing an overnight drive like we did, you definitely need those pillows, or you’ll have kids that wake up frequently, and crankily.
2| Bring old and new toys. I never like to take all old or all new toys with on a trip, mostly because a kid’s attention span is only so long. I start with the old toys, and when they get really antsy or frustrated, I bring out the new toys. I sometimes like to pack them in fun little backpacks or buckets, which are easy to carry and hold all their goodies in one place.
3| Pack a variety of snacks and drinks. I love to save money on a trip, and bringing along a cooler full of nutritious snacks and delicious beverages is high priority. I am loving Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters Flavored Water Beverage because it’s low calorie, has no artificial colors or flavors, and it has a very light fruit flavor, so I know my kids aren’t drinking anything I wouldn’t want them to be drinking. I supplement with nutritious proteins and carbs like cheese sticks and peanut butter crackers so that they are full and energized without being jittery.
4| Make every stop a rest stop. Even if no child is saying they need to use the bathroom, take them there anyway, because nine times out of ten, they will use the bathroom. By making every stop a rest stop, you’re giving the kids a chance to stretch out as well, and this will lessen the chances of someone suddenly declaring they have to use the potty ten minutes after filling up at the gas station.
5| Keep an extra set of clothes within reach. It always happens this way: you spill coffee on yourself, a kid dribbles chocolate all down her shirt, baby has a diaper explosion; you name it, it’s likely to happen, and more often than not, you have to empty out your entire trunk to find the suitcase with all your carefully folded clothes in it. Remember to leave out an extra set for everyone, because you’re going to need it. This holds especially true if you’re traveling to an area with a very different climate, for instance, it was 100 degrees when we left Phoenix for San Antonio back in April, and when we arrived in San Antonio it was 50 degrees and rainy at 6am when our front tire blew out on the highway. Can you imagine how fun it was to stand outside in a tank top, shorts and wedges? I would have loved to have had a jacket, a long-sleeved shirt, or maybe even some close-toed shoes to slip on!
After all is said and done, the drive is just a means to an end, but it’s important to have it go smoothly, so pack appropriately and have fun. What are your tips for traveling with kids?
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