Traveling with kids - Part 1: Snacks!
Our number one suggestion for traveling with toddlers and kids? Bring snacks! No, seriously. All the snacks. The last thing you need on a long travel day is a hungry child, and sometimes meals aren’t nearly as regular when we’re away from home.
Shown are some unique snack ideas you may not have thought of, including freeze dried peas and strawberries, crunchy cheese (Moon Cheese brand - break apart for younger toddlers), sunflower seed butter cracker “sandwiches,” soft dried cranberries and chocolate chips. None of these require refrigeration, but if you bring perishable items you might want to consider a PackIt bag or small cooler depending on how you’re traveling.
When planning snacks for a trip, consider the following:
Do babies need snacks on trips? The most important thing for babies when traveling is breast milk or formula. Snacks are ok - but not required - for babies 6+ months. Small foods like O’s cereal can keep baby occupied; they just need a pincer grasp to pick up really small foods (10-12 months).
Traveling with kids - Part 2: Activities!
While bringing snacks is imperative during travel with kids, it’s also important to bring something for them to do! Our Feeding Littles team member Sarah, a former preschool teacher, travels very often with her kiddos (now 3 and 7) and has been using these activities for years. Again, head to our Amazon shop under Travel Activities and Snack Gear to get them for your next trip! We have lots of other activities and ideas in there too!
Shown are a variety of activities - keep in mind your child’s stage and abilities when choosing them for your kiddo. Many of these are especially good for plane travel.
Judy also recommends heading to the dollar store for little toys or trinkets your kiddo hasn’t seen before. Even something as simple as a calculator can keep them occupied since it’s novel and different.
Fold down the end of pipe cleaners to keep them safer, and always be careful with small objects kids may put in their mouths.
What about tablets or screens during travel? Well, for many families, screen time is much more liberal on long car rides or plane rides, especially since traveling isn’t an every day thing. Sometimes travel is about simply surviving while getting from one place to another, and an educational app, movie or show can really help with that. Kids usually have a longer attention span for shows or movies as they get older, and it can definitely make traveling a lot more enjoyable, but you’ll have to decide how much screen time is appropriate for your family during travel.
Want more travel activity ideas? Check out Susie’s awesome Travel Kit and Travel Ideas highlights over at @busytoddler.