7 Tips for Holiday Travel With Kids + The Ultimate Holiday Travel Giveaway!

7 Tips for Holiday Travel With Kids + The Ultimate Holiday Travel Giveaway!

We're willing to bet you're doing a little bit of travel this week. For so many of us, Thanksgiving ushered in the season of holiday travel. And whether it’s two hours or twelve, traveling with kids can be stressful. There’s nothing worse than managing a crying infant on a plane, or in the back seat of a car.

Of course, it’s not realistic to think about avoiding all travel—sometimes you’ve just got to make the trip. So we reached out to the experts—moms who have been there, done it, and learned something along the way. Here are seven of their best tips for making the most of any trip with kiddos.

Make lists and plan ahead. 

Now’s not the time to “wing it”. Trust us. Take note of everything you’ll need (in transit and at your destination), and give your bags as once over to make sure you’ve covered everything on your list. @sarahblxhm says this will help you feel like a more confident traveler (and we all know confidence is key when you’re managing children). @kaiwhi25 agrees—she once packed breast milk bottles but forgot the nipples!

Bring extra clothes in your carry on.

@dfitzpdx suggests “packing an extra outfit in the diaper bag (or carry on) for baby AND yourself! You never know when you'll need it.” This is a must for mama and baby–mid air diaper explosions are tough to recover from without backup!

 Jamie’s favorite bag for carry on: Fawn Design

Pack sanitizer and wipes, and stash products that will help you stay healthy.

The last thing you want to worry about are little fingers on germy surfaces. Give things like airplane trays a once-over with antibacterial wipes before using them; and spritz hands regularly with sanitizer. A thermometer is always good to have on hand, and pack extra liquid pain relief for achy joints and potential fevers. When you're en route (or get to your destination), children's melatonin drops can help to calm and relax. For infants, stash a Nose Frida—it’s the best for dealing with congestion in little noses.

Jamie’s favorite products for sanitizing and medical on-the-go: The Honest Company Wipes; The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray; Safety 1st Thermometer; Kids Relief Pain & Fever Oral Liquid; Zarbee's Naturals Children's Sleep with Melatonin Supplement; Nose Frida Saline Kit. Use a pouch like Loma Originals to keep everything organized!

Leave earlier than you need to.

Time is a gift when you’re traveling—it’s important to account for delays due to things like airport security or traffic. @dfitzpdx says this will help keep your anxiety in check, and reduce the stress level for everyone.

Stay calm.

Have a crying baby? Try to keep your nerves under control. The majority of travelers are sympathetic to parents traveling with small children—and you shouldn’t be worrying about the minority who aren’t @cmstreit agrees. “Stay calm, she says. “When your calm your baby is calm and not stressed. Don't get stressed over your child screaming on the airplane, it's part of traveling.” If your baby is fussy and needs to sleep, consider wearing her! The comfort of being secure and close to you will calm her down. Plus you’ll be hands-free!

Jamie’s favorite sling for calming a fussy baby: Sakura Bloom

Work around the nap schedule.

Yes, it’s not always possible, but if you can coordinate your time on the plane or in the car to fit with your child’s nap schedule, you may get to enjoy some peace and quiet. @anaaa__v90 says “don’t let them nap before traveling, diaper changing and feed minutes before leaving. They will nap through it all. I've done 2hr trips and 5 hr trips 3-5 times a year and this has worked with both my kids even as toddlers. For older kids a charged tablet and snack for the road helps too.”

Jamie’s favorite products for supporting a sleepy baby (or toddler's!) neck: Baby Elephant Ears

Don't forget your Covered Goods.

We hear from so many mamas who think our multi-use covers are indispensable for traveling—for nursing and covering their littles while they rest. @dreaday says “this @coveredgoods nursing cover isn't meant to be worn this way but when I wear it as a tent, they both knock out in minutes! They both slept almost the entire flight!" And bring an extra—it can double as a blanket in a pinch.

Now, here's the great news! We're giving away some of Jamie's favorite products to celebrate all that holiday travel you'll be doing this week!

One lucky winner will win everything mentioned in the post above—over $375 worth of prizes!

Just use the form to enter below.

 

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win. Must be a US resident and 18-years-old or older to enter and win. Winning entry will be verified. One winner will receive all listed prizes. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to respond.

 

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6 Responses

Miranda King
Miranda King

December 26, 2016

Planning a European vacation for next year and all and any tips are helpful!

Alexandra Clark
Alexandra Clark

December 23, 2016

First time mommy expecting July 4th! Have no idea where to begin with starting the list of what I need for this little one, but this giveaway would be a Christmas miracle and a blessing!! Cheers!

Sally-Anne McQuillan
Sally-Anne McQuillan

December 23, 2016

Would love these products but am an Australian! Such a shame not open to international residents! I have a flight to see my family in January and im more concerned about that experience than the childbirth!

Hannah
Hannah

December 23, 2016

Love all of these brands and this post so much!

Heidi Moreau
Heidi Moreau

December 23, 2016

We have an 11 month old baby girl, expecting our second babe in June! We travel often, including overseas from FL to Asia. Heading to Peru next month! Would love every single one of these glorious items in our travel arsenal… er, toolkit. ;)

Laura Woollen
Laura Woollen

December 23, 2016

Anticipating the arrival of our first child and all the travel we’ll be doing from Colorado to visit grandparents living in Texas and Louisiana. ✈️

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