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E and I love to travel. Before we had R we would go on a couple of great vacations per year. We were both working very long hours and needed time to decompress and relax together.
Once R came into the picture, our travelling patterns changed but we decided that having a munchkin wasn’t going to slow us down!
We took R to Boston for four days when he was a few months old. We had some major cranky moments and when we would come out of the room in the morning our hotel neighbours would smile and say “oh you’re the ones with the baby…” but all in all we had a great time.
In four years we’ve been lucky enough to travel to Boston, New York, Bermuda, Florida, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Disney World, Montreal, the Laurentian Mountains and Hawaii in addition to taking three cruises.
We’ve learned a few things from all of these adventures – here are our top secrets for travelling with kids:
Our Secrets for Travelling with Kids
R gets super cranky when he’s hungry so we always have snacks I know he likes on hand. Whether the snacks are for the plane, the room (ask for a fridge) or road trips, I am rarely without something to munch on. We pack some snacks from home in our carry on and checked luggage to make sure there’s always a taste of home not too far away. Some of our favourites are granola bars, crackers, squeezy fruit pouches and cereal.
Once we get to our destination, we make a stop at the closest grocery store to pick up some fruit and cheese as well. I also always bring extra snack baggies and plastic containers for easy transportation.
In case you’re delayed at the airport, your little one is going stir crazy at a restaurant or if you need a break one afternoon during the trip, a variety of distractions are key. We bring Lego, sticker books, colouring books (with washable markers), mini puzzles and magic colouring books that reveal the colour only when wet.
We also carry around our iPad. If you’re ok with your kids using tech, there are some great free apps that are educational. We also download movies, tv shows etc.