Whether you're driving to Grandmother's house just a couple hours away or flying across country, these staple items will help you (and your little ones) travel more comfortably:
1. Reusable Bags: These little gems can be found stashed in every nook and cranny in my car and diaper bag. I'm never without snack bags while traveling. They're stuffed with travel snacks and when I arrive, I don't have to inconvenience my host asking for a bag. The large reusable bags are great for dirty clothes, groceries and more. Bonus: all of these are machine washable!
2. Special Sleep Needs: In my house it's a sleep machine, a night light, and a stuffed animal. For some reason, it took us a long time to figure out to pack these items. Sleeping can be so difficult when not at home, but having these items makes it possible. Not that it always works...it's just possible:)
3. Appropriate Snacks: When my daughter was about a year and a half old we traveled to Milan, Italy with her. All the posts I read basically said throw all food limitations and schedules to the wind. On the long flight, the girl wanted milk. She got milk. Lots of it. Finally, a guy in the row next to us said, "My son just said his milk tasted funny. It's expired." What? Sh*t. The plane touched down, and she got sick. All. Over. Me. In my hair. Down my shirt. It was a nightmare. Lesson learned: pack appropriate snacks. Cooked noodles are a household favorite, along with steamed veggies, like broccoli. Something fun like yogurt melts are always a hit, too.
4. Pre-trip Library Visit: Pick up DVD's, books, and if you're luck like we are - Pre-school kits, to take along. Be sure to check that those DVD's play, though, before you hype up a new show! Often times our library DVD's are scratched and won't play, so I go for lesser known titles when traveling and they usually work great.
5. Easily Accessible Change of Clothes: If you're flying, this would go in your diaper bag or carry on. Parents, you need a change of clothes, too. See #3. If you're driving, throw these clothes in the trunk where you can easily grab them. You know, in case you're on the side of a highway in freezing temperatures and your little guy has just gotten car sick. Not that I know from experience. Just in case.
Happy and safe travels this holiday season!
Will your family be making a trek someplace this holiday?