Helpful Child-Friendly Travel Tips for the Holidays

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 11/26/2013 | 01:30 PM EST

Preparation is key when traveling with the kiddies

Traveling takes much planning and preparation, particularly when you have children. Whether you’re flying in the air or traveling on the road, it’s important that your trip is properly planned and kid-proof. No one wants to be that parent who’s embarrassed because their child has a temper tantrum - it makes the trip that much more uncomfortable.

Luckily, traveling with your family doesn’t have to feel like a war zone. There are things you can do to ensure that everyone is satisfied and that your family enjoys the ride along the way.

Here are a few children-friendly tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your holiday travels:

Snacks - The way to any child’s heart is candy and junk food. While you should certainly pack the usual - sandwiches, fruits and juice - be sure to stock up on some treats. They keep them satisfied and it gives them a little boost to endure the ride.

Music - Be sure to bring a little music for the ride. Ideally, you’d want to get a portable player, so that you’re not forced listening to Elmo songs the entire ride to your destination.

Portable Potty - If you’re traveling by car, you want to invest in a portable potty container. It’s no secret that kids can’t seem to hold their water; therefore, to save time stopping every half hour, you can use the container and dump it once filled to capacity. It’s sure to cut a lot of time on the road.

iPad/Tablets - The great thing about technology is that you have the world at your fingertips. If you have an iPad or tablet, you can download TV shows, movies, audio books, and the likes, to keep your children engaged. Instead of asking you, “Are we there yet?” every so often; they won’t even notice how long the trip is.

Pillows and Blankets - If you’re traveling by air, take into consideration that the airline may be short on pillows and blankets. The more comfortable everyone is, the better. In a perfect world they’ll sleep the entire way.

Pack Smart - When you’re traveling with kids you need to have as many free hands as possible. Rather than packing the traditional luggage back or carry on, consider traveling with backpacks. It allows you to be more accessible should you need a free hand or two. We all know how quick kids can be.

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