8 Tips for Traveling with Kids as a Dramamine Road Warrior
Frank and I recently traveled to Maui with my three boys (ages 9, 7, and 5) and it was an overall great experience. I had traveled before with one child and then two children (one nursing), but never three…on a plane…for more than 2 hours at once. The boys were happy, kept busy, and couldn’t wait to go on another plane ride. As a parent getting ready to travel with children, I find it super important to have a to-do list of how to prepare. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to traveling with kids.
1. Explain to the kids what their day of travel will be like and what to expect. For instance, before we left, Frank and I told the boys that we would be driving for 3 hours to the airport and then flying in a plane for another 5 hours. We also told them what to expect when going through Security and boarding. They did awesome when it was time to do it!
2. Make a packing checklist. This will ensure that you have all items necessary for your trip and will minimize the amount of stress you might experience without it.
3. Bring Dramamine. In our family, we have a good number of children who experience motion sickness – whether it be in the car, plane, or on a boat. We found that Dramamine has worked wonders for keeping motion sickness in check. Just be sure to give it to the kids (or adults) at least an hour before you travel and bring more for later. There is now a kid’s version of Dramamine, which is chewable and has a grape flavor that your kids will like.
4. Remember the booster seats. If your travel destination has you renting a car, you’ll want to remember to bring your kids’ booster or car seats. Most states require children under a certain height and weight to travel in a safety seat. This is something many people unintentionally forget and end up paying for in the long run.
5. Be sure to charge electronic devices the night before. If you are traveling with kids, chances are pretty good they’ll get bored and want to play on their iPads, tablets, or other electronic devices. You won’t want to find out on the plane ride of a long trip that the device is low or out of batteries. So be sure to plug those in the night before to ensure maximum power during and enjoyment during your travels.
6. Don’t rely solely on electronics. While kids love to play on the iPad and other gaming devices, they can also become bored with them on a long flight. Be sure to bring a notebook, crayons and markers for them to draw and color on while in flight. If your child has a favorite toy or doll, be sure to bring it along (excluding very noisy toys of course).
7. Fly a kid-friendly airline. On this trip, we flew United Airlines and it was great. The boys were even given wings for flying! I remember getting my wings when I flew as a kid.
8. Pack lots of snacks. We brought a backpack on the plane and filled it with pretzels, Doritos, and even a sweet treat for the end of the flight if they’ve been on good behavior. I also like to purchase water bottles in the airport (after security) to have on hand. Oh and let’s not forget gum to give the family so their ears won’t hurt as the plane ascends into the air.
What tips do you have for traveling with kids?