Tips for Vacationing with Kids

So, it's 4AM as I type this and I'm in Puerto Rico. The kids are asleep and I'm just happy to survived another day. Nobody ever tells you how exhausting it is to raise children, especially as a single mom. And I had the nerve to take this circus on the road. My goal for this vacation was to relax, make some content and prepare myself for my next big move (more on that in a future post).

Everyday that I wake up, I'm reminded that it is IMPOSSIBLE to relax with a ten month old. Kali is walking , talking and completely giving me a run for my money. We have marble (okay I'm flexing... it's tile lol) floors throughout the AirBNB and I'm literally spending every moment that he is awake chasing him around hoping that he doesn't fall and hurt himself. When I'm not chasing the baby I'm thinking about what we will eat for our next meal, being that we aren't at home, I have two growing boys and we have minimum items in our fridge, food is a big priority while on vacation. So, "relaxing" hasn't been that easy.

Nonetheless, I can't imagine taking this vacation without the boys. When I went to Costa Rica I regretted not taking Deuce. I returned from that trip pregnant with Kali. I made the decision when I returned that I would be making my future trips with my kids. I didn't want to be the mom who always enjoyed my life while I left my kids with grandma. Though I've been stressed it's so cool that my kids will be so well traveled so young. If you are still reading I'm sure you're a parent who wants to travel with your kids too. But, you may have some hangups. How will I afford it? Who will watch the kids if I wanted to turn up? How much of a hassle will the airport be. I'll help you answer a few of those questions, if you prefer video, I'll be dropping a video on my Youtube page with my travel tips so make sure you subscribe!

Let's go ahead and jump into my travel tips:

1) If you have a toddler, take a stroller

  • Having a stroller expedites you at security and you get priority boarding.

  • Also, having a stroller frees up your hands and keeps that little busy body contained.

2) Don't over pack, it's just more for you to carry

  • I know the quote "It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it" is something I typically live by, but not when I'm traveling alone with the kids.

  • It's important to focus on packing things that you realistically and normally use. A great tip is to dump the diaper bag before you start packing. There is soooo much stuff in there that you don't normally use. For example Kali has a little hygiene bag that usually stays in his diaper bag, but for our trip I left it at home, I just pulled out his comb, brush and thermometer.

3) Make sure you bring a few of your kids favorite snacks and toys

  • Sometimes kids have a hard time adjusting to a new environment, the best way to help them through that transition is to bring a little piece of home with you. If they sleep with a certain blanket or stuffed animal, make sure to pack it. If there is a small toy they love, stick that in the bag too!

  • Kids love to snack and quite honestly it's typically a great way to keep them entertained. My little guy is plant based so that means blueberries and cherry tomatoes are always within reach. Pack your kiddos favorites and you will definitely have an easier time.

  • If you are on a plane, think of small things that can keep them entertained such as coloring books and crayons. As much as I hate too much screen time, a phone or tablet can be a great help when traveling, make sure to bring headphones!

4) If possible travel early in the rising or late at night so the kids can sleep

  • Being in a plane or in a car for a long period of time is quite difficult for little people who love to move around, do yourself a favor and travel when your kids are most likely to be sleep.

  • In the event that that doesn't work, try to keep them awake all day so that they will be tired once you start moving.

5) If your room or AirBNB is small, make sure you are in walking distance of food and fun

  • Nobody goes on vacation to stay in the house, so it's completely fine if you get something clean and just big enough to sleep in. You also will save a few dollars by getting something small.

  • Check the map before you book to confirm there is food or adventure (i.e. beach, shopping, etc.) within walking distance. Notice I said walk, yes wear those little legs out lol!

6) Pack your patience!

  • I'm not going to lie to you and tell you it will be all sunshine and roses when you travel with your littles, it won't be. But, with proper planning and a couple scoops of patience you will make it!

  • If you have the ability to bring some help, bring them! My friend came for the last day and it was amazing, I had less anxiety and a much more enjoyable day.

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