11 Hacks For Traveling With Small Kids

When it comes to traveling with small kids, the struggle is SO real. Add in holiday airport crowds, and it’s enough to drive you to the brink. But it’s immensely easier if you follow these guidelines on what to ship ahead, what you’d never think to pack, and more genius tips to make anywhere feel (almost) like home.

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Ship Ahead
Don’t try and explain to your mom which organic, non-GMO baby food and non-toxic diapers your child needs. Save you both the frustration and Amazon Prime Happy Baby pouches and Andy Pandy diapers straight there.

DIY Blackout Shades
If your child is accustomed to blackout shades, keep it consistent (or risk waking up with the roosters daily). Add blackout garbage bags and painter’s tape to the above Amazon shipment. You’ll be thankful for the zzz’s when you get there.

Get Lit
Don’t let “the dark” haunt your holidays. Pack a travel nightlight (with bonus USB port) to ease their fears.

Keep Germs At Bay
Carpeted hotel room floors are downright filthy. Put hotel towels or a blanket on the floor for them to play on.

Stock The Mini Fridge
Kids do not need $20 hotel breakfasts. Stock up at a convenience mart on cereal, milk, and doughnuts (hey, it’s vacation!) to keep in the room.

Don’t be that mom hovering over your child, saying “No!” constantly as little fingers explore every socket and sharp corners beg to bonk heads. Just come prepared to childproof the space in 2 minutes.

Embrace The Noise
Now is not the time to try and break habits. If your kid is accustomed to sleeping with a sound machine, pack a travel version or download the Sound Sleeper app on the iPad.

Make Them Comfy
Guaranteeing everyone gets good sleep is the key to happy holidays. If you have a child who’s sensitive to fabrics, pack a sheet + pillowcase from home (they take up minimal room). Hotel and in-law sheets can be stiff and scratchy.

Book A Hotel With Pool
If you’re booking a hotel, choose one with a pool (or even better, a kids club!). It ensures everyone’s ready for bedtime (even with a time change).

Travel With First Aid
You don’t want to be tracking down a pharmacy open at 3 a.m. when your little wakes with a fever. Be prepared with a small medicine bag that has the essentials – Tylenol, Advil, thermometer, Neosporin, Orajel, and superhero band-aids.

Leave The Car Seat At Home
Schlepping and checking car seats can be the last straw. Rent one with your rental car – Avis makes it easy-peasy. If you need one for a car at the destination, there’s probably a local service that rents them, or ship a reputable cheapie like Cosco Scenera directly there.

Leave The Fancy Stroller At Home
Ditto on the big fancy stroller—total headache. Wear your baby in a carrier through security, or buy a cheap umbrella stroller. If it gets all banged up or you leave it in the rental car trunk by accident, ? .