My Tips For Traveling With Kids

photo credit: Allen Daniel Photography

Traveling with kids is hard. I just did it for a family wedding and thankfully, I survived. It really all comes down to preparation.

Today on my YouTube channel, I'm sharing what I pack when I'm traveling with my kids and some tips I've learned along the way:

TIP #1: Try to schedule your flights around nap schedules or anything you're baby is used to. At the end of the day, it's all about routine for children. Normally, I do it when I know my kids will nap! Even if it's just an hour, every bit counts!

TIP #2: Always, always prepare. Snacks, food, formula. You need to be prepared for whatever happens for a 24-hour period.

TIP #3: I love a good bag (obsessed with my Mansur Gavriel!). I like carrying backpacks so I can have as many hands as possible! Choose something durable and can withstand traveling.

TIP #4 Maybe the weirdest one of all--but it works. I always stick some wee-wee pads that we all use to potty train dogs as something sanitary to lay down when changing a diaper in the airport or plane. Genius, huh? It's easy to dispose of too.

photo credit: Allen Daniel Photography

TIP #5: Always pack a blanket. You can't always rely on the temperature of the plane.

TIP #6: KEEP THEM BUSY! Whether it's coloring books, stickers, or even the iPad. Make sure to charge it before you get on the plane! And, guess what? Mom doesn't feel guilty.

For Scarlett, I pack pipe cleaners! She loves it. We make shapes, we make bracelets. It might sound too good to be true but it works.

TIP #7: Children (especially babies) can have trouble during take-off and landing due to the pressure and ear pain. Make sure to always pack a pacifier or a lollipop to ease the pain, just in case.

photo credit: Allen Daniel Photography

TIP #8: Snacks, snacks, and more snacks. There's never anything on the plane for them! I love packing bite size snacks for them. Late July has great organic snacks for kids that they love!

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