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Road trips with kids

On Wednesday, I was invited to represent the Chevy Queen of the Road blog and do a segment on Fox 25 about traveling with kids. As a mom of 3 who frequently hits the road for weekends on the Cape, I didn’t have to think too hard about what I wanted to say.

Here are the key pieces of advice I shared:

  1. Vacationing with kids means you need to be very flexible. Know that going into it, and be prepared to change or adjust your plans as needed.
  2. Keep extra stress out of the equation. Traveling with the kids is never going to be frustration-free, so don’t put yourself into situations that will add more stress.
  3. Feed your kids! Traveling with cranky, irritable companions is not nearly as enjoyable as traveling with cheerful, rational ones. Food (and sleep) can make all the difference in your kids’ moods. Stop on time for meals and pack lots of healthy snacks.
  4. Have fun. Something will almost definitely go wrong over the course of your trip. Relax. Breathe. Use this moment to model for your children what a positive attitude looks like.

As far as product recommendations, here’s what I brought along:

Gear
Bugaboo Donkey – offers total flexibility, carries 1 child + stuff, or 2 kids. Those big tires are great for the beach.

Baby K’tan Breeze carrier – multiple carrying positions and very lightweight. The cool mesh fabric helps keep you (and the baby) from overheating.

Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light – the easiest travel crib to set up/break down, bar none.

phil&teds Lobster chair – folds up small and fits securely on a range of different table types.

Wean Machine – a convenient tool that quickly mashes up food for babies while on the go.

MD Moms Sunscreen wipes – hassle-free, pediatrician-approved sunscreen in a sweet-smelling wipe.

Rhoost outlet covers – so important for peace of mind when traveling with an adventurous baby or toddler.

Not shown on air, but great ideas: Boon Squirt, JJ Cole Essentials Blanket, OXO Flip Top Snack Cup

Toys
Magna Tiles and Wedgits – both of these have enormous appeal for kids of all ages. It’s so easy to pack one or two toys that will entertain the whole family.

Perplexus – a fun & challenging maze for the whole family.

Woon iPod doll – a funky doll with high-quality speakers that plug into your iPod. Perfect in the car or the stroller.

Not shown on the air, but other great ideas: playground balls, o-ball, HexbugsSpot It, SET, Zingo to Go, Anomia20QChewbeads, Skip Hop Treetop Friends Hug & Hide Owl

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