Traveling with kids can make your hair curly… I should know. 😉
For you, for them, and extras. Pack them. Lots of them. Make them something your kid likes! Now is not the time to force them to eat things they don’t enjoy. Also, pack things that aren’t messy and that they can feed themselves. Snack cups are amazing for this! We love the Nuby snack cups to put Love O’s, raisins, almonds, and things like that in there.
We love the Nuby Designer Series Snack Keeper. The lid is so soft and it doesn’t trap the kids hands like some we have. It also keeps Baby D from getting too much in his mouth at once from huge handfuls. Also, when he tosses it down because he is done, snacks don’t go everywhere! You can get these on Amazon (I LOVE Prime!) or Babies R Us.
You can check out my favorite Toddler Friendly Snacks for On The Go!
Favorite toys are a must. We also have “car toys” that the kids only get to see in the car so that makes it special. Also, I like to have soft toys that don’t hurt when they get thrown. Let’s face it, I get frustrated in the car, so I know my 2.5 year old is going to as well. I found that packing soft bath toys are the trick! When they get tired of them and toss them, no one gets hurt. We also have some trucks for Baby D and some toys for Baby Girl that she can chew on.
3. Coffee and “Coffee Water”
Coffee for you. Lots of coffee. Not a coffee drinker? Are you sure you have kids?!? Just kidding… water, tea, soda, whatever floats your boat. Just make sure you are stocked. For Baby Delight, it’s his “coffee water”. Before you get your undies in a wad, it is only water. We just drink so much coffee (medicinal) that he needs his “coffee water”.
I also love his Nuby “coffee water” cup, because it doesn’t spill, keeps the water cool, and it is durable! It’s the Nuby insulated stainless steel no-spill flip-it FYI. You can find them at Babies R Us.
4. DVD player or iPad
On long trips, the DVD player or iPad that has their favorite shows or movies is a winner! It saved us on our way to the beach. We watched “Mouse” over and over and over, but it saved the meltdowns!
5. Power Inverter and Breast Pump
I swear this is my #1 best trick and time saver. While my husband is driving, I plug my power inverter in and plug my pump into it. I sit in the backseat between the kids, cover up, and pump going down the road. Then, I can just feed Baby Girl a bottle without ever stopping. This was key when she was smaller and took forever to nurse. Now, she is super fast, so I don’t do it as much anymore. This is only a travel essential for long trips for me.
6. Extra pacis
If your kids use a paci, bring extras! They tend to find their way on the ground, bathroom floor, and places that you never want to stick it back in your kids mouth. Bring extras for your sanity and theirs.
I don’t have as much as I wish I did, but whatever you got.. pack it up, bottle it, and plan to use all of it and more.
Kids get frustrated. I mean, those seats frustrate me to just put them in at times. How would you like to not understand why you are strapped in and having to just sit for hours on end?!? They don’t want to be upset or frustrated and neither do you. Grace and patience… and coffee!
*Nuby graciously sent me these items. This is not a sponsored post… just my review and honest opinion.*
What are your travel essentials??