We all want to experience new places with our families but let's be real--being a mom at home is difficult enough! When it comes to lengthy road trips further than the local grocery store, we're breaking a sweat before we even get everyone buckled! If you're nodding your head and recalling seatbelt nightmares of your own, read on and snag our top 5 favorite travel tips for yourself and rock your next road trip--no sweat required!!
1. Keep it familiar.
Traveling is fun, but it can be a slightly uncomfortable, unfamiliar experience for all involved. Not everything will be in your control but do yourself and your kids a favor and do what you can to keep your child's surroundings comfortable and familiar as you travel! Consider packing their favorite snacks from home, comfortable outfits that you know they like, and of course their favorite Saranoni travel blanket!
2. Prep for the long haul.
Being in a new place is all fun and games but the sitting it takes to get there can be a lot for littles! Pass the time with new toys or snacks to unwrap and enjoy every hour! And don't break the bank. The dollar store will work JUST fine, and your kids will be thrilled to open a brand new "present" every once in a while!
3. Stick with what works.
Keep your structure where you can! Daily routines like bedtimes, daily "chores" (like helping tidy a space before bed) helping with dinner clean up or keeping up on their reading goal can provide a little more structure to keep your child regulated, and accustomed to still having responsibilities and boundaries during travel!
Provide adequate information to help manage expectations for you and your kiddos. The night before or morning of, have a conversation about where you plan to go that day, and what kind of activities you'll be doing. For super new experiences, provide them a heads up that you'll be trying new food, getting in the water, etc. This can minimize overwhelm and meltdowns and provide a way for both you and your child to prep for a new experience!
5. Don't forget YOU!
Don't forget to put on your own oxygen mask--both literally and figuratively! You deserve a vacation most of all! Make sure you meet your needs while traveling so you can enjoy yourself, and be there for your kids as your happiest self. Don't forget your favorite snacks, outfits and routine to keep you feeling your best! Prioritize finding a new book you've been wanting to read. Set aside time to try restaurants you'll enjoy! Communicate to your kids times when you will and won't be able to meet their needs, ie "I'd love to swim with you in 20 minutes, but right now I'm going to finish this chapter of my book!"
Be sure you're stocked up on familiar comfort wherever you are! Browse Saranoni's new travel blankets--the buttery lush you love now designed for minimal bulk and maximum soft for your suitcase. Arm yourself with your favorite blanket and hit the road--you've GOT this!