The holidays are here whether we like it or not. And if you’re planning on traveling and have young children, you could be in for an adventure. Here are 5 tips to help you make the most of your holiday travel plans.
Plan on it taking [much] longer than you think it should. This means if you’re flying, pack as if your flight gets delayed for a day or two. Think food, a way to get everyone something to eat and drink (if anyone needs a bottle or sippy cup bring that). If you’re driving somewhere be prepared to stop a few (or several) times depending on how far you’re going. A quick game of tag, Simon Says or Mother May I will help get those wiggles out so you hear less of “ARE WE THERE YET?!”
Have at least one change of clothes for EVERYONE with you at all times. You never know when your child will throw up on you, themselves and their big sister. The last thing anyone wants is to be forced to stay in those clothes for any length of time. Don’t make this mistake and just have some spare clothes with you. Oh! One more thing to go with that, keep at least one disposable bag with you. This could catch the vomit, contain the clothes that are soiled, or just offer a way to consolidate all the extra goodies that you acquired through the day of travel.
Snacks! Grab some snacks that take awhile for your kids to eat and something you know they love. Think popcorn, cheerios and raisins, animal crackers etc. If you have cheerios or fruit loop lovers in your family, try bringing string and have them make a cheerio necklace that can double as a time consuming and fun beading activity and then a snack that they are less likely to drop!
Some games or activities that require very few, if any items but is engaging. Do you remember “I Spy?” This game is great in that it can cater to a large range of ages. And have you seen the Melissa and Doug Water Wow! Coloring books? You fill the pen with water and the color is embedded in the page so when your child “colors” it will show up! Then it dries in a couple minutes and they can do it all over again!
Books on Tape. Did you know there is an app to get audiobooks from your local library? It’s called “Libby” and you input your library card information and you can check out audiobooks through the app and use them until they are automatically returned. If you have a library card and are not using this you are seriously missing out!
There you have it! I hope this list is helpful and brightens up your unpredictable travel plans with your young children. Happy Holidays from all of us at North Cascade Doulas :)
Serving families in Whatcom County and Skagit Valley with doula support, birth classes and placenta encapsulation.
Author, Kristina McMurtrey, is a passionate doula who aims to see families supported regardless of their unique way of navigating pregnancy, birth and parenting.
North Cascade Doulas provide care for families looking for Labor Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Placenta Encapsulation and Childbirth Education Classes. We support all parenting philosophies and birth plans.
Our doulas have experience in a variety of areas, such as:
(natural) unmedicated birth / (surgical) cesarean birth / epidural birth / induction / planned induction / planned cesarean / VBAC / TOLAC / waterbirth / hypnobirthing / multiples / breastfeeding / bottle feeding / formula feeding / NICU / PPD / PPMD / bed rest / high risk / low risk / advanced maternal age / miscarriage / IVF / and more.
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We serve Whatcom and Skagit Counties and the neighborhoods of Alger / Anacortes / Bellingham / Big Lake / Birch Bay / Blaine / Bow / Burlington / Clear Lake / Custer / Everson / Ferndale / Glen Haven / La Conner / Laurel / Lynden / Mount Vernon / Sedro Woolley / Sudden Valley / Maple Falls / Everson / Stanwood