Travel, is it a "Trip" or a "Vacation"

If you’ve ever traveled with your children, you probably have a better understanding of the difference between a “trip” and a “vacation”. 

The later is what I used to do before children, “trips” are what we go on now. While I immensely enjoy the time spent with my family and the memories we make, the amount of work that goes into traveling with children leads me to classifying these excursions to other places as “trips” not vacations. Here are some tips for traveling with kids that I’ve learned along the way: 

Packing cubes! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product and cannot imagine traveling without them, and tell anyone and everyone who will listen to me about them. Each member of my family has a different color so that everyone’s things are easy to find. It also helps for when you are going to be in multiple places over a few days. 

Snacks, snacks and more snacks! While I try to avoid having my kids snack too much throughout the day, I make an exception while traveling. I come packed with an arsenal of healthy(ish) snacks for on the go. Freeze dried fruit, raisins, cheese sticks, crackers, fruit leather, etc. make for quick and easy snacks on the go. 

Exciting new toys and activities to keep them entertained. I love the target dollar spot and try to pick up some fun new things throughout the year to have on hand for when we travel. 

Have realistic expectations! You are traveling with children, be realistic about what you can expect from them. Consider how the travel times may impact their sleep and meal/snack routines and plan ahead if possible. 

Remember, they aren’t going to magically turn into angel children (unless you were lucky enough to birth one of these to begin with…. Please share your secrets!) Written by Lindsey Fry