Getting ready to hit the road with kids in tow this summer? Then you’re probably wondering how you’re going to survive the airport, highway, train without losing your mind.
Never fear, help is here. And I’m not talking about advice that’s only good if you’re a first-time parent traveling with a 1-yr-old (I’m looking at you New York Times). First, check out my comprehensive list of advice for travel with Babies and Toddlers on Family Travel Network, which covers travel by air, rail, and car, plus what you’ll need for a stay in a hotel.
And here’s a few more tips to keep in your back pocket:
1. Don’t get caught empty handed. Think you’ll need special cereal, suntan lotion, or allergy medicine as soon as you arrive at your destination? Be sure to pack it along so you don’t spend your first vacation hours searching for an all-night pharmacy or grocery store. Going to need a full array of groceries or baby supplies? Research your destination in advance for a grocery delivery service such as Fresh Direct — you can order ahead of your arrival and have everything you need delivered to your doorstep.
2. Kids supplies on the go. Renting an apartment and not sure if there will be a crib? Want a highchair waiting in the kitchen of your vacation home? Need a kiddie cot for a night a relatives? Rental services in resort areas can take care of all of these issues so you never have to carry these bulky items with you A quick Google search should point you in the right direction.
3. Surprises are us. Flights get delayed. Traffic happens. And kids have short attention spans. What’s the solution? Surprise gifts to go. Hit the dollar store before your trip and look for small puzzles, toys, stickers, and art supplies (or repurpose unexplored party goody bags)– then wrap them in colorful cellophane or baggies with tissue paper (note that the wrapped gifts the TSA can’t see through might have to be unwrapped at security). As your trip progresses, reward your kids with “mystery” gifts. You’ll be amazed how far your dollar purchases can go.