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Vacationing with Kids

Laura Hahn

Making a pit stop at dad's alma mater before heading down to NY for a friend's wedding.

Making a pit stop at dad's alma mater before heading down to NY for a friend's wedding.

With the official start of summer next week, let's be honest with what's on our minds: vacation! Now, vacationing with kids may not necessarily mean what it did before you had kids (read: silence, sleeping in, and not eating dinner at 5 pm), but it's always great to take a break from the daily grind and go on a new adventure and make some memories. That being said, if this is your first summer with your baby, you might be scrambling for tips and ideas on how to survive this huge wrench in your schedule you may have just started to groove in. No fear! We are here to help you.

  1. Have little to no expectations. Things are going to go wrong. The baby is not going to sleep when she normally does. The sleeping arrangements are not going to be as perfect as home (which may not even be that perfect!), so just do what you need to do for everyone to get as much rest as they can. If that means co-sleeping just for the trip, well, maybe that's ok and we'll pray that things go smoothly once you're back home. If that means renting an AirBNB with an extra bedroom so you can have space, maybe it'll be totally worth the money. Just go into your vacation knowing that things aren't going to run perfectly, and you might just enjoy it a little more.

  2. Don't over schedule yourselves. If you're going on a city vacation and there are lots of sights to see and they happen to be close by to each other, you might be able to make it work. However, if the kids are probably going to be skipping their naps, then just make a list of 1-2 must-see/do things for the day, and if you achieve that, success! If not, you know what you can do tomorrow.

  3. Just bring what you need. It's insanely easy to overpack with kids. However, keep in mind that if you have access to a washer/dryer, then only pack a few outfits and do laundry there. If you're going abroad, definitely make sure you bring any medication for ease: Motrin/Tylenol, a thermometer, and anything else they're using like an inhaler or epi-pen. If you're low on luggage space and are going away for awhile, just bring enough diapers to last you a few days and buy some there if necessary. Make a food bag for snacks on a road trip so you don't have to make as many stops. If you're flying, see if you can rent a car seat instead of lugging your own (especially handy with 2+ kids). Remember that you only need to bring one of baby's favorite lovey/toy/book; when you're out and and about, there will be new and exciting things to do and play with.

Have fun! And while you should definitely be in the moment as much as you can, don't forget to snap a few photos so you can look back and hopefully only remember the good stuff. :)

What are some other tips you would add?

Road Tripping with Kids

Laura Hahn

Selfie from our recent weekend trip to NYC.

Selfie from our recent weekend trip to NYC.

With summer around the corner, vacation has definitely been on my mind. It’s always nice to get away for a bit, even if it’s just for the weekend. We’ve done our fair share of road trips, and I’ve found that compared to flights, they’re actually pretty easy with kids since you don’t have to worry about them bothering other people, and you have more space and flexibility. Road trips are also more financially feasible since once they turn 2 years old, you have to pay for your child's seat on an airplane. We do have some travel tips for flying with two kids, but here are some things you’ll want to have when preparing for your road trip:

  • Entertainment. Have your music playlists ready. I use Spotify, but any other music app or even CDs will do. A playlist specifically for the trip can help make memories and remind you of the fun you (hopefully) had while driving. We try to wait as long as possible to give our son the iPad, but it’s definitely been a lifesaver in traffic and I have downloaded new apps before a long trip. If you have a van with a DVD player, you probably don’t even need to be reading this post since you’ve got it handled. But since there's more space in a car, feel free to bring games, coloring stuff, and books. You can even make an activity station and a makeshift desk for older kids.

  • Snacks. Absolutely necessary. We usually pack one reusable grocery bag with all the snacks and food related items (extra sippy cup/bottle) we’ll need. If you have space, you can even bring a cooler. By all means pack some grown up snacks (you can eat these when the kids fall asleep), but definitely bring some fresh fruit in a tupperware, along with nuts, cereal bars, pouches, etc. Don’t forget water and other drinks. Make sure you also have a bag for trash and napkins or paper towels (but a car with kids should really have these in it at all times).

  • Travel potty. For those whose kids are potty trained, this has been a life-saver. Sometimes you can’t get to a rest stop in time, so this is a great resource. You can use your extra plastic bags from the grocery and stash them in the side. We have many a time pulled over at the next exit and had my son poop or pee outside on this. If it’s cold and you have an SUV, you can pull up the passenger seat and set it up on the back seat car floor. Just make sure you have wipes!

  • Checked car maintenance. If you’re driving far, make sure your car is up to date on oil, fluids, etc. Car trouble during a trip is bad, but it’s even worse with whining or crying kids. You also don’t want to get stuck on the side of the road if you don’t have to, especially if there’s bad weather.

What other tips can you share for road tripping with kids?