Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, check out this list of DO’s and DON’Ts to make your trip with the kids a breeze.
DO: Use a car seat that fits your child, and read up on the manufacturer’s instructions on how to install the seat in the car, plane or train. Often, your local fire department can assist you in properly installing a seat in your vehicle.
DON’T: Scrimp on the price of a car seat. It’s worth a little extra to get the right seat for you child and your car. If you travel frequently, look for portability and ease of installation across various modes of transportation.
DO: Ask your airline ahead of time if they can supply you with a bulkhead bassinet for a small baby. The bassinet clips onto the bulkhead, making an extra seat for baby unnecessary. Be sure to make sure your little one is the right size and weight for the bassinet.
DON’T: Feel the need to take everything for your trip in your suitcases and carry-ons. Ship boxes of diapers, wipes, gear, and clothes ahead to your destination. Upon arrival, you’ll be set with the comforts of home and won’t have to run out to the store.
DO: Pack the Cloud b Twinkles To Go Octo.™ It’s a fun, compact octopus nightlight you can easily bring to any destination. It will transform your back seat or hotel suite into a starry night, ease your child’s fears of the dark, softly illuminate the room, and make an unfamiliar space feel more homey.
DON’T: Forget to pack a first-aid kit, including all current medications your baby is taking. It’s always good to have a thermometer, pain reliever and fever reducer for each child, sunscreen, lotion, band-aids, and antiseptic cream. Tailor your kit to the needs of your family.
DO: Keep an eye on your kids’ temperatures. They might run warmer than you, so keep everyone hydrated and dressed in light layers both day and night.
DON’T: Forget to pack your baby’s favorite comfort item from home. A special cuddly toy or blankie will help your child nap better en route and adapt to her sleeping environment at your destination.
DO: Bring lots of playful distractions. Pack a travel bag for each child that includes various toys, coloring books, and electronic devices with headphones for the older kids. Always include a few toys your child has never seen before. The novelty factor goes a long way.
DON’T: Forget to give your child some time to stretch while you’re on the go. If you’re on a long car ride, make frequent stops. On the plane, walk the aisles with your baby, and on a train, explore the other cars.
AND REMEMBER: Traveling with kids doesn’t have to be stressful. Take your time, savor the journey, and most importantly, make fabulous family memories to last a lifetime.