We all have to do it. Whether it’s visiting family or friends, or just a getaway with your little ones in tow, we have to travel!
I remember the days when travelling was easy. Just pack a suitcase and go. But after have kids, travelling takes on a whole new meaning.
It starts with good preparation. A few days before our trip, I lay awake at night making a list in my head of things I need to pack. Everything from the necessities such as diapers, toothbrushes, and underwear. Then there are the not so obvious things: Children’s Advil, Band-aids, and favorite stuffies.
Okay, so you’ve got everything packed and ready to go. Time to go, right?
Wait! You’ve forgotten the food. From my experience, if you want a relatively peaceful trip, you must pack food. And lots of it. When we drove from Calgary to Kelowna last summer, I packed a large cooler full of food to bring on the seven ten-hour trip. Including: muffins, banana bread, cookies, sandwiches, crackers, cheese, baby carrots, apples, granola bars, juice boxes, and even a little bit of candy. Did you know you can get at least 15 minutes of peace and quiet with just one sucker?!
Now, when the five of us travel on an airplane, things change a little. I can’t bring a large cooler full of food. I can’t bring stuffies and blankies and strap-in car seats! When travelling by air, you have to pack smart.
Let me tell you, I can shove fit a lot into one diaper bag: diapers, wipes, burp cloths, Children’s Advil and Gravol, books, stickers, crayons, colouring books, small cars, and lots and lots of suckers.
Then, in the other carry on bag it’s a DVD player and a bunch of DVD’s. Curious George, Diego, Toy Story, The Backyardigans. Like with the suckers, you can get at least 25 minutes of peace and quiet with a favorite DVD!
So as my family prepares to hit the sky soon, I’ll be making my list and checking it twice.
Suckers, check! DVD’s, check! Earplugs in case of screaming children? Check!!
Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom to 3 little boys ages 5 and under. You can read her blog at 3 Little Monkeys.