An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when traveling to a resort by air or by car with young children.
Spending a bit of prep time before your trip will pay off in the end.
Take a moment before your travel to adjust your attitude: My friend told me that when she travels with her kids, she wakes up and tells herself, “today I’m climbing Everest.”
That helps her psych herself up for a challenging day. If the travel day goes well, she feels like she’s ahead of the game.
Though challenges arise when you’re away from home, following these trip tips can help your journey go more smoothly.
What to do for kids under two:
- Allow extra time at the airport check-in and pre-organize your carry-on luggage to make the security process easier. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with folding up strollers, etc.
- Pack extra diapers and one pair of clothes in your purse or somewhere accessible so you don’t have to dig it out of your carry-on or your luggage.
- Pack comfort items for your baby such as a blanket, favorite stuffed animal plus a light sweater or extra layer for the plane or car.
- Remember it’s all about distraction-bring baby clip-on toys, finger puppets, board books and stuffed toys for the plane. For the car, try toys first, then opt for a favorite CD and sing along.
- Try wrapping toys to add to the entertainment value.
- When traveling by car, plan to leave after lunch. That way, baby can do active play in the morning, eat lunch and then hopefully sleep on the way to the slopes.
- Bring your own food (check TSA guidelines first...I got in trouble trying to fly with goat milk yogurt for my lactose-intolerant daughter), particularly finger foods that take time to eat.
When you’re on tour with kids under four:
- Older kids can carry their own special bag of activities. Our daughter likes to pick the items out such as a doll, stuffed animals, markers, paper and a new coloring book.
- Buy several new items and pull them out as necessary. Popular items in our family include Wikki Stix, Play-Doh, Klutz Activity Books, a new DVD or book on CD (don’t forget the DVD player or MP3 Player and headphones).
- Pack an extra layer and something that brings comfort to your child such as a favorite stuffed animal or doll.
- Pack snacks that take time to eat but make little mess such as cereal or dried fruit.
- Print games or activities off of the Internet such as Car Bingo or a picture of their favorite character from a book or TV like Diego or Angelina Ballerina.