We know that the holidays are crazy and super busy; your mind is everywhere and sometimes it's really hard to concentrate. If you are traveling for the holidays your life just got busier! It is super hard to pack for yourself, little one (multiple kids), and spouse. Mom brain makes second guess and overlook the details, especially when it comes to the holidays.
Here are some things that will help your traveling a little easier with a tot:
Regardless of how you are traveling you can never have too many snacks and drinks. You never know if you will be delayed or stuck in traffic. A few quick ideas are juice boxes or pre-made juice cups and bottled water. When it comes to food, crackers, homemade energy bites, Annie's fruit snacks, squeeze applesauce, or cookies are quick to grab. Prepackaged baggies are excellent.
This is a given and a MUST for kids. You have to keep them occupied whenever possible. More importantly make sure it is fully charged and you have your charger handy. Plus, you will want to make sure that you have all games and tv shows on there. A traveling hot spot is super handy when wifi isn't readily available. There are amazing education apps out for kids these days. One of our favorite for older kids is Osmo.
This goes without saying but pack warm clothes and cool clothes. Have plenty options in case you wont be able to do laundry. Even if you can do laundry you will want to make sure that you have enough since we know that our little ones can go through several outfits a day!
It's the holidays…right? We would hate for you to pack all your presents with you but sometimes there aren’t any other options. Sometimes it is best to ship your presents to the location so you can have extra room and not have to lug it around.
If you are taking a road trip for the holidays make sure that you have your oil changed, tires rotated, and cabin air filter updated. You will want to make sure that you have these taken care of before anything! Also make sure that you have windshield fluid in your car.
If you are traveling by plane make sure you have your itinerary, passport, etc all handy with you. Traveling with a toddler on a plane can cause you to lose memory of everything you need. Pack your bags with these items first in a safe spot so that you don’t have to second-guess. Have it all on your iPhone? Print boarding passes just in case and vice versa.
Really think about everything you are packing; use up every single inch and square whenever possible. Fold the clothes and stick shoes on the sides of the suitcase to accommodate all the area. Also, make sure that your suitcase is packed nicely. If you need to have an overnight bag, make sure you have that packed and ready.
Always make sure that you have an emergency kit, especially if you are traveling by car. You will want this. Make sure you have your spare tire, flash light, knife, jumper cables, first-aid kit, batteries, rope, ice scraper, etc.
One must if you are traveling by car is packing warm blanket. You never know when there is going to be a blizzard and you are literally stuck in the car, or when your car will break down. Make sure that you have blankets, hats, gloves, coats, etc. Even if you are already wearing a coat, bring another so you can layer up if needed. If space is an issue you can get packable down blankets that take up very little space and are super warm.
Try hard not to over pack, especially since you might be exchanging presents and will come back with more stuff than you left with. However you want to make sure that both you and your family are set in case of weather, delays, etc. Traveling can be extremely tough regardless of how you are traveling. Delays and car breakdowns happen and you have to prepare as a mother. Take a deep breath and remember that your family will wait for you on the other end.