Experiences Over Things: Why Traveling As a Family is So Important

If you haven’t taken a family trip yet, there is no better time! Many parents feel nervous and unsure about traveling with their young children, but providing your kids with experiences over things is so valuable on many different levels. It can seem like a lot to take on; packing the car and heading to an unfamiliar destination. Will baby/toddler sleep well in a different bed? Will the room be dark enough? What if their nap schedule is ruined? How can we possibly bring everything we need? Will they cry on the airplane? These are familiar concerns from parents who have yet to take their first family vacation. Once you actually do it, I promise, it isn’t as bad as you might think! Traveling as a family exposes your kids to so many wonderful opportunities that you often can’t replicate at home.  Continue reading “Experiences Over Things: Why Traveling As a Family is So Important”

Setting the Right Expectations When Traveling with Kids

Have you ever heard the expression “life is what you make it?” Well, remember that phrase next time you’ll be traveling with your kiddos.

Life with kids is full to the brim with fun, joy and laughter….but we all know that there are plenty of challenges and hardships we have to deal with along the way too.

Traveling with kids is no different, but I’ve talked to many parents who avoid traveling with kids because it doesn’t feel doable or “worth it” to them.

If you fall into that camp, I challenge you to shift your perspective and reframe your expectations so you don’t miss out on awesome opportunities to create memories as a family!  Continue reading “Setting the Right Expectations When Traveling with Kids”

3 Ways Traveling with Kids Makes You a Better Parent

Oftentimes as parents (especially new parents!) it’s easy to feel a little like life as you knew it is now over.

Gone are the days when you were relatively carefree and could go wherever the wind led you.

Now your days are marked by responsibility for someone other than just yourself – someone who’s daily needs are 100% dependent on you.

It can feel a little overwhelming if we’re being honest, right?

Naturally, when you’re considering the ways life changes when you become a parent, traveling with little ones is among the first to get tossed out the window.

It just seems like it would be too crazy hard with too many things to plan for and remember, and too many risks and unknowns.

It’s an easy thing to overcomplicate, and many parents today do. But it doesn’t have to be so complicated! Continue reading “3 Ways Traveling with Kids Makes You a Better Parent”

Tips for Traveling with a Baby Under 12 Months Old

Traveling with kids can seem pretty daunting, especially traveling with babies one-year-old or younger.

There are so many variables and factors that are ultimately outside your control, it can often feel easier to put off traveling until your baby is older. But don’t!!

Traveling with your kids can be so rewarding in many different ways! Family adventures, when planned mindfully, can be some of the sweetest memories you’ll ever make.

The key to successful traveling experiences with babies is being prepared in advance. Do your best to anticipate obstacles or changes to schedule, but then just go with the flow!

Even the most scheduled babies will survive if they stay up late one night or get to lick a popsicle for the first time.

Remember, vacation is supposed to be fun! But I get that stress can certainly creep in, so I have put together some tips for traveling with baby to hopefully help things go as smoothly as possible.  Continue reading “Tips for Traveling with a Baby Under 12 Months Old”

10 Tips for Packing & Traveling with Kids

We have all been there: you booked a trip to visit friends or family, put it on the calendar go about life as normal.

As the weeks pass and the trip gets closer you keep telling yourself, “I’ve got plenty of time to get ready!” Then suddenly it’s a week before the trip and full panic mode sets in.

What do I pack (the whole house?!) What will I need when I get there? How will my little one do in the car or airplane? How will I keep my kids entertained?

There can be so many unknowns, especially if you are traveling with kids for the first time. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Check out the following 10 tips to help set you up for success when packing and traveling with kids.  Continue reading “10 Tips for Packing & Traveling with Kids”