What is UP you guys, happy SATURDAY!! We are off to Canada today (ahhhh so freaking excited!!) and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite travel tips and tricks while trying to stay on track, or while you’re traveling with young kids – because we all know, it ain’t easy!!
Just breathe.. you can do this!
1. Lay It All Out
A few days before our trips, I like to start getting things laid out and ready to be packed. This is where my OCD really shows.. ha ha! Plan out your snacks, and what you will need on the plane as well. Doing this really helps me to see everything that we will need and to not forget anything important.
Lay it out and plan out your outfits that you will wear, plan out your children’s outfits for each day as well. No need to over pack – and most likely wherever you are going, you’ll be able to do laundry! I like to pack my clothes in my suitcase in outfits. Instead of a pile of pants, a pile of shirts, pile of shorts, etc. I like to put them into actual outfits and pack that way. I get more of an idea of how much I am packing and it keeps me from over-packing (for the most part 😉 I still over pack a bit)!
2. Carry On
Make sure to only have what you need in your carry on bag. No point shoving things that you don’t need or that you won’t use on the plane in there. My biggest tip here is to put all of your liquids that are in your carry on, and place them in a zip lock in a pocket right on the front of your bag. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting to that security line, and digging through your carry on trying to find that bag of liquids that have to come out. Put them in the front pocket so you know exactly where to grab, and GO.
3. Kids Carry On Bags
I like to make sure that both my kids each have a small bag, or one big bag designated just for them. I never want to commingle their stuff with mine on the plane, because when they want something on the plane, you’ll want to grab it as fast as you can so they stay happy! Ha ha, there is no room for unhappy kids on an airplane – it is no fun, trust me!
Snacks should be easily accessible and make sure to have their toys ready to go. I keep their toys a little chunkier for plane rides so they’re easy to find when they drop them.
4. Security Tips
Security lines are what cause a lot of families a great deal of stress. Long lines, taking everyone’s shoes off, taking off a layer of clothing, all those bins you have to use, people staring at you making you feel even more rushed than you already are.. it gets to be a lot!
First, make sure everyone is wearing slip on shoes – NO LACES. No under wire bras, no belts, no metal at all. Comfy clothes make security a breeze, and why not be comfy and cozy on the airplane? I’m down with that! It is no fashion show, you guys. Know that they will probably make you want to take off sweaters and watches and jewelry, so make it easier on yourself and wear a cardigan, and opt for no jewelry that day.
As you’re waiting in line, think about how you’re going to tackle this. I’ve been told multiple times while traveling with my kids how efficient I am in the security line, and its all because of these tips! I think about how I’m going to get through the metal detector and in what order. Take the kids sweaters off in the line before you even reach the bins, have all the liquids out of the carry on bags, ready to be put in a bin. Know that your laptop is in your bag and needs its own bin. All I’m saying is plan it out ahead of time, and you’ll be golden!
5. Stroller Tips
The great thing about if you need a stroller, is that you can get a tag for it at the front desk, and you can use it up until the gate! They ask for you to fold it up, and they’ll put it under the plane for you – and you’ll get it as soon as you step off the plane!
Another great feature of having a stroller, is they usually will move you and your family into the priority line at security. When we are standing in a long line with the kids and the stroller, and they pull us aside to by-pass all the people, it makes my heart (and my kids) so, so happy.
I recommend keeping your stroller empty at all times, so when you do have to fold it up and hand it over there is no fussing around with garbage or bags underneath the seat.
6. Healthy Snacks
I know you’re worried about eating on travel days, I know.. so am I! It’s so hard to stay on track while flying. There are ways to get those healthy snacks and protein in – it just takes a little bit more planning!
In your carry on, bring a bag of oatmeal mixed with protein powder. This can get through security and all you need to do is ask a coffee shop for a cup of boiling water. Add your oatmeal and wait a few minutes – you’ll have a healthy meal just like that! You are allowed to bring supplements as well on the airplane. I always put them in zip lock bags and label them just to be sure.
You can bring pretzels, crackers, bagels, cereal etc. Just make sure that you don’t have peanut butter (yes they will take that away), or any liquids. You can purchase yogurt at a coffee shop, or milk for your cereal!
7. Drink Your Water
Being in an airplane, and traveling alone will make a person dehydrated. I want to make sure that you are drinking enough water and staying hydrated through out your traveling. If you’re working out and drinking a gallon of water on a daily basis like I am, and then you go to one or two glasses while traveling.. your body is going to be THIRSTYYY.
So drink up buttercup and stay hydrated as best as you can!
Let me know if any of these tips have worked for you by commenting below!
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