8 Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

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I have travelling many times with my two young kids over the past few years, so I have a learned a few stress free tips for traveling with kids. I’m sharing my best tips in this post!

Angela of Grassfed Mama shares healthy tips for busy moms.
Angela of Grassfed Mama shares healthy tips for busy moms.

We love to travel!! My youngest took her first plane ride when she was only 6 weeks old (I know, crazy!!) When you love to travel… you learn a few tips along the way.

My girls have been to Vancouver, Washington DC twice, Disney World a few times, Philadelphia, and many other places. We truly believe that you should travel with young kids. Most families have to travel some during the holidays, even if it is just a few hours to a near by town, I know these tips will come in handy to help you have a Stress Free time Traveling with kids. 

Hey Moms! Traveling with Kids? Here are 8 Stress-Free Tips Just for You

Are you gearing up for a family adventure but feeling a little nervous about how to keep the kiddos happy and the stress levels low? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Traveling with kids can be a breeze with a little bit of planning and a whole lot of patience. So, sit back, relax, and check out these stress-free tips for traveling with your little ones in tow.

1. Plan Ahead, but Stay Flexible:

Planning is key when it comes to traveling with kids, but remember to leave room for flexibility. Pack your bags in advance, but be prepared to roll with the punches if things don’t go exactly as planned. Kids have a knack for throwing curveballs, so embrace the unexpected and go with the flow.

2. Pack Smart and Light:

When it comes to packing for a family trip, less is definitely more. Stick to the essentials and leave the non-essentials at home. Pack versatile clothing items that can be mixed and matched, and don’t forget to bring along plenty of snacks and entertainment to keep the little ones happy on long journeys.

3. Embrace the Power of Snacks:

Speaking of snacks, never underestimate the power of a good snack stash when traveling with kids. Pack a variety of healthy snacks that are easy to eat on the go, such as granola bars, fruit slices, and cheese sticks. A well-fed kid is a happy kid, after all!

  1. I usually make individually packaged snacks for each kid. Usually a few Lara Bars, Annie’s Crackers,  and even Bananas work well on the road.
  2. Cups with lids for ALL ages (even Adults!)

4. Keep Them Entertained:

Long flights and car rides can be tough on little ones, so be sure to pack plenty of entertainment to keep them occupied. Bring along coloring books, puzzles, and travel-friendly games to keep boredom at bay. And don’t forget the headphones for those times when a little screen time is in order.

I love using a bin for keeping all your car toys together. This makes getting in the car FUN because they can play with these special toys. Most car toys that we pick don’t have a lot of small pieces and don’t make any annoying sounds, haha!

Bring toys

Play Games

  • I spy is a great game that all ages can play
  • The ABC game where you look for all the letters in the alphabet while you drive
  • Travel Bingo Card Game


When I first became I mom, I said – “My child will never watch movies in the car! She will read the whole way” Then I moved 17 hours away from our family and road trips became a two day excursion… so we compromised to keep the sanity levels at a normal level. Last year we were able to buy our van in cash and it came with a DVD player. We will take turns picking out movies that everyone can enjoy, and I think it has been a great way to reduce that travel stress.

Sing Along CD’s

I know I’m totally playing my mom card here, but I love singing in the car! We have a few sing a long CD’s that I love to listen to and sing as a family

Disney Sing Along 

Bethel Kids Music


Even if your kids are too young to read, they can enjoy reading with a little help

Leap Frog LeapReader is what we have been using for two years and we LOVE it!

Leap Frog reading Pen

5. Schedule in Downtime:

Traveling can be exhausting for kids (and parents too!), so be sure to schedule in plenty of downtime to rest and recharge. Take breaks between activities to relax and unwind, and don’t be afraid to say no to extra outings if everyone needs a little downtime.

6. Be Prepared for the Unexpected:

No matter how well you plan, there’s always the chance that something unexpected will happen when traveling with kids. Whether it’s a missed flight or a sudden bout of homesickness, be prepared to handle whatever comes your way with grace and patience.

7. Take Care of Yourself:

Remember to take care of yourself too, mama! Traveling with kids can be exhausting, so be sure to carve out some time for self-care along the way. Sneak in a quick nap when you can, treat yourself to a spa day, or simply take a few moments to breathe and relax.

8. Enjoy the Journey:

Last but not least, remember to enjoy the journey! Traveling with kids may have its challenges, but it’s also an opportunity to create lasting memories and bond as a family. Embrace the chaos, laugh at the mishaps, and savor every moment together.

So there you have it, moms! With these stress-free tips in your back pocket, you’re ready to take on any travel adventure with your little ones. Safe travels and happy trails! 🌟✈️

What are Your best tips for traveling with kids?

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