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Traveling With Children


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CREATING A TRAVEL KIT

  • pens, pencils, and crayons
  • coloring books and drawing paper
  • travel games
  • favorite toy or stuffed animal
  • books (picture or reading, depending on age)
  • pillow and blanket
  • Ziploc bags for storing small items
  • plastic trash bags for wet clothes and garbage
  • healthy snacks (dried fruit, nuts, etc.)
  • bottled water or juice

FLYING WITH CHILDREN

  • bring snacks in pre-packed ziploc bags
  • give your infant a bottle to suck to reduce ear pressure
  • bring a bag of toys, coloring books, etc. to keep kids occupied
  • bring wet wipes, a rag, and a change of clothes for your kid
  • request an aisle seat for easy access to the bathroom
  • try not to sit in a middle or window seat with a fidgety child

KEEPING BUSY IN THE CAR

  • play the alphabet game
  • name all of the US states
  • count license plates from other states
  • make up a story (each person adding the next sentence)
  • create a list of things your kids want to do when they arrive
  • let your kids follow your route on the map
  • avoid competitive games to fend off hurt feelings

LONG TRIPS -- AVOIDING THE CRANKIES

  • avoid long periods trapped in the car
  • make frequent stops to stretch and walk around
  • plan interesting sights at regular intervals along the trip
  • plan plenty of down time playing in the pool or at the hotel
  • let your kids help plan the trip, picking their own stops
  • set clear boundaries (about restaurants, budget, etc.)

PROTECTING YOUR KIDS

  • pack plenty of ice and water, especially in hot weather
  • buy personal battery-operated fans to avoid heat exhaustion
  • give each kid a pair of sunglasses to stave off headaches
  • pack a first aid kit with bandages and basic children's medications
  • never leave kids alone in a parked car, even with windows down
  • keep an eye on kids at rest stops

 

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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.


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