We've traveled with a toddler. Actually, we travel with TWO toddlers now. We consider ourselves master toddler entertainers. HA! But seriously, we have conquered toddler boredom time and time again. OH, and while we do love a good movie, we don’t always resort to screen time to entertain our two. We’ve compiled a list of the most effective toys, books, and games that have captivated our toddlers while were trekking around the world with them. If you’re looking for toddler entertainment inspo, you’ve come to the right place!Read More
"We've traveled with a baby. We've traveled with a toddler. We've traveled with a baby AND toddler. We've also traveled with a lot of crappy products and a lot of REALLY HELPFUL products.
Here a list of the 25 BEST products we have used while traveling with our kids!"Read More
Sometimes a layover is inevitable. If you’re traveling with children, especially if you’re travelling alone with children, having the option of an airport lounge is a game changer. Between the comfy seating, free food/drink & clean bathrooms, there isn’t much to complain about. Anything that makes travel with children easier and more comfortable is a win in our book.Read More
We recently spent a week in San Antonio while visiting my husband on one of his work trips. This multicultural city was more than I had imagined it was going to be. I was born and raised in South East Texas for 11.5 years before moving to Virginia. I am familiar with Texas, but I was happily surprised with this family friendly city and all of it’s delicious food.Read More
"Now, I don't know what voodoo is attached to this dang DockATot, but it worked a true miracle that only sleep deprived parents can fully appreciate. It took our crappy sleeper and flipped her to sleeping champ. A couple weeks after using it, she was sleeping through the night without waking at all. We became functioning humans again."
"One question I always get when people ask me about traveling is "How do you afford it?" Well, let me be really honest with you: WE. ARE. NOT. RICH. We do not have sponsorships. (Although I wouldn't turn them down ;) -- HINT HINT AIRBNB) WE PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR ALL OF OUR LEISURE TRAVEL. We are a military family with two kids living off of ONE paycheck. The only answer I can think of is: Priority. We prioritize traveling. We don't do huge home improvement projects, drive fancy cars, live in huge house, etc. We put our money where our interests are: travel. Here are 8 ways we are able to afford traveling more than once a year:"
"We decided, this particular morning, to go to Harpers Ferry over going to Gettysburg. It was a last minute decision and I wasn't convinced it would even be worth the visit. My step-dad described it to me as "a historical park with a city on a hill" -- and now we all know he is the WORST ever at describing awesome places. Our time at Harpers Ferry was better than I could have ever hoped. So much history, unbeatable nature & the weather could not have been more pleasant."
"My husband and I are missionaries in the Baltic States and frequently fly throughout Europe for meetings and conferences and to the United States for support raising and to visit family. With that said, our kids see their bags packed and do not make a fuss about it. They don’t see the need anymore. I have a daughter that is 8 and a son that is 4."
"I imagined both kids crying (and probably me) crying the entire drive and me asking myself every 10 minutes why I wanted to do it in the first place. If you think this sounds dramatic, you’ve never driven in the car with a baby/toddler who is able to cry for four or more hours straight, who didn’t sleep AT ALL on an ELEVEN hour drive from Florida to Texas, and who’s cry is the same decibel as a firing rifle. Thankfully though trip went nothing like I imagined and I am so grateful."
"Would I do it again? Pack up my babies just one adult (myself) and two kiddos? In a heartbeat. We're in the business of making memories together, and the tough and difficult and challenging pieces to get to those memory moments are just as important. It was an adventure and we had a great time!"
Flights can be compared to running a marathon; there are water stations for a reason. Grab a sip of water, mentally regroup, and possibly walk instead of run for 100 feet. It is essential for runners to have small ways to recharge and continue on. Layovers are my travel day water stations.Read More
What to consider before booking a flight with kids
Where you sit on the airplane will make or break your trip. The best seat on the airplane is the First Class bulkhead, but most of us aren’t rich, so the second best is the coach bulkhead seat. If you can’t get either of these, try for the back row, aisle seat if you are alone. If you and another adult will be traveling with the kids then I suggest one of you booking the window seat, one book the aisle seat and hope no one takes the middle. The good news is if someone does take the middle seat, they will definitely be willing to switch seats with you so you guys can sit together. If you have multiple children traveling with you, the same concept applies, except that you will be purchasing a seat for the additional children.
Time of departure/arrival
When booking tickets for our trip, I think a lot about what time we leave and what time we will be arriving. If I can, I try to book departure for a time after our normal waking time and an arrival that gives us plenty of time before the normal bedtime. However, this is not always possible and if you are traveling internationally, you need to see our other post about dealing with jetlag and kids.
Infant in Arms
When you book a ticket for yourself and a baby, you do not have to get them their own seat. Children under 2 are allowed to fly as an “infant in arms” at no additional cost. (You do have to pay taxes on them for international flights) Airlines always recommend your child to have their own seat and that they be in a car seat or child restraint. Once you book your ticket, you can go in and add the “infant in arms” note on the airline website. If you can’t figure out, give them a call and they can add it for you. It must be on your ticket or your baby may not be able to get through TSA or board.
Don’t kid yourself.
I have booked so many plane tickets and logged hundreds of hours searching for the best deal. There is a time a place to save $20. Taking a 35-minute layover versus a 2 hour layover is not the time for that. You are not traveling alone, you do not have control over delays or distance between gates, and chances are, you are not an Olympic runner. (If you are…you still need to reconsider) I have fallen victim to this. I have sprinted from one end of the Minneapolis airport to the other and still missed a flight. Don’t be me. Spend the $20, get a reasonable layover, keep your sanity.
The baby bassinet (international flight)
Everyone with a small infant wants this on their International flight. For us, we had to call Delta to get the bulkhead seats, then we had to go to the gate agents early and remind them we wanted the bassinet. Once we got on the plane, we made sure we asked again. We ended up with the bassinet on both long legs and it was helpful to be able to lay her down when she slept. It gave us a good break. Every airline does this differently and the bassinet can be elusive, so be sure to take care of yourself and call the airline. A few days before your big flight, call them again and just be sure it’s all still good to go.
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