Travel Tips // When Traveling With The Kiddos

 

Traveling by yourself can be a huge ordeal, but adding those adorable kiddos to the mix… OH BOY! My family and I travel quite often! All you mommy and daddy’s out there know it ain’t that easy to go anywhere with kids, especially when an airport is involved. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that you can hopefully benefit from too!

 

Pre-Travel

Organization is KEY to easy travels… kids or no kids! Check the weather ahead of time and figure out what you’ll be doing so you can pack accordingly. Look into any required documents you may need and print them out ahead of time! Checklists are also the best way to ensure you aren’t forgetting anything!!!

Now it’s time to pack everything up. Each kid gets a carry-on size rolling bag and a backpack…color coordinated of course. The rolling bag will be for their clothes or anything needed once you arrive at your destination. Leni, my oldest, and I will then set aside one outfit per day and put it in a packing square/ garment bag, then into her suitcase. If you don’t have these, I have found that large Ziplocs will do the job just fine! Each bag holds one outfit – a top, bottom, undergarments, socks if need be and even a headband if he/she wishes. This makes life soooo much easier once we are there. Less time deciding what to wear & more time exploring!

Their backpack is there solely for the purpose of keeping them entertained while traveling.  It is best to find a backpack that has several different compartments; separating or categorizing their stuff makes things simpler to find in-flight.  If you plan on bringing any of their electronic devices, make sure to fully charge them before packing them away… it is no fun pulling out a dead Ipad mid-flight, just to find out you will have to entertain them instead of slide that responsibility onto a toy. Also make sure to download a few of their favorite movies ahead of time. Sometimes the airport Wifi just isn’t that strong. Netflix also allows you to download any movie or TV show for offline viewing nowadays, so take advantage.

Guide of What Goes In the Backpacks:

  • Any electronic devices they wish to bring
  • Books (can be a great way to keep them busy)
  • Wet Wipes + Hand Sanitizer
  • Chapstick
  • Empty Reusable Water Container ( Easy Refill at the airport)
  • Medication – if they take any
  • Snacks

Each kid will get their own, don’t forget!

For their snacks, I usually grab a few snack size Ziplocks and fill them will Goldfish, trail mix, or anything else that is dry and my kids enjoy. Remember, no fruits, veggies or liquids over 3 oz. are allowed to go through TSA.  This includes, yogurts, jams, or any spreads. All the snacks will have their own compartment in each child’s backpack… usually I put them in the most easily accessible compartment. The kiddos can pretty much carry everything they need themselves, but any important documents is probably best you keep with you!!!

Now that you are on the plane and have the kids all settled, throw on a hydrating facial mask and enjoy your trip! Comment below with your travel tips!! I’d love to see pictures of your trips, tag @JamieMakeup on all social platforms.

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xoxo

 

Jamie

 

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