Favourite Things from Home
R is attached to his blue baby blanket. It’s cozy and majorly comforting for him. We can’t go anywhere without it and it must come with us on the plane.
When R was small we also brought along a crib sheet so for him so that the smell and feel of the sheet would be the same wherever we went. Bringing our own crib sheet also reassured us that R wouldn’t have an allergic reaction to the harsher chemicals used by hotels and cruise line laundry services.
Can your son or daughter pack his or her own bag? For the last few trips R has packed a small carry on of his own. This way R gets to choose which toys, books and stuffies to bring on the trip. We tell him a few days ahead of time so he has time to decide and ask him to put the bag together the night before we go. This tactic not only gives him a sense of responsibility but it also ensures that he’s bringing what he wants to take.
Bring your Patience
Don’t leave home without your patience. It doesn’t matter what stage your child is at, traveling is a challenge. We only have one little guy but he is super high energy, spirited and inquisitive. He always keeps us on our toes and we don’t always get to do everything we want to which leads me to –
Don’t forget a Plan (and a Plan B, Plan C…)
While we always have a plan, we’re also ready to go with the flow.
Now that R is a bit older, we discuss our proposed plan as a family and give R a couple of options and then we decide together. As long as we’re happy with the different options everything works out well.
We’re also always ready to have a rest in the hotel room if R (or all of us) need to chill out. This was huge on our last trip to California where we travelled from San Francisco to Disney and then to LA.
Travelling with a little one is so much fun. I love visiting places and seeing them through R’s eyes. He always makes us look at things differently and appreciate where we are. It brings me such joy to see him splashing in the ocean, running around a new park and living life to its fullest.
What are your tips for travelling with kids?
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