Tips for Trips with Kids
Travel just makes my heart sing, but preparing for a trip with kids can be overwhelming.
One of my absolute favorite things is taking trips. We don't get to do a lot of big trips. We live in a super small town and the cities, where I grew up, is about 3 hours away. We do take a lot of little trips for this and that when we typically spend a night or two.
Four huge travel tips for trips with kids! Great tips that will make vacations with kids more enjoyable. I'm telling ya these tips are sanity savers that will have your next trip better from beginning to end.
Tip #1: Use a Packing List for Kids
I am going to give you mine - free.
This list is an excellent base and it can be adjusted for anyone.
It works best for children that are at reading age. Maybe about 5-7 years old and up. If you have a child that is younger than that it makes for a great starter list. Just add in the other items that you will need. Some things that come to mind are diapers, bottles, etc.. It can be fun packing with your little ones - they will love being able to check items off the list!
Here is how you use it.
Also, there are always those few items that you can't pack until right before you go. What we do is we pack everything we can and then leave the list on top of our luggage, then shortly before we go we can easily see what is left on the list, pack them, and we are on our way.
We've been using the same packing list for years. I make slight alterations to it with each trip. Depending on weather and where we will be going I will alter what needs to be packed but overall its pretty good. I cutsied it up a bit and have it listed under my free printables shop page for you to download and print for FREE!
Tip #2: Luggage for kids
Benefits of them having their own luggage:
What kind of luggage to get?
Here are some fun luggage options that fit this description.
Tip #3 : Home to a Clean House and
Tip #4: Spending Money for Kids
Tip number 3 and 4 are so intertwined that I need to talk about them together.
After time away on a wonderful trip no one wants to come home to a messy house. I know, I know... as if you didn't have enough to do already just preparing for the trip. But this creates a wonderful opportunity that ties into the second situation we have which is...
When on a trip kids will inevitably want to get a souvenir sometimes they ask for many souvenirs which can add up and become very expensive very quickly that is if we were to say 'yes' to all the requests. So we find ourselves saying 'no', a lot, which gets tiring and sometimes we then feel like the bad guy, saying 'no' to everything instead the fun parent that took them on a trip.
I have a wonderful solution that addresses both of these issues.
About a year ago I implemented a new rule at our house which has worked fabulously! The rule is that I will pay for the hotel (or Airbnb), the meals, and the experiences we do together and the kids need to pay for their own souvenirs and extras.
How do they get money...? Well, they could have saved from the weeks before or money from gifts and such or kids can do chores, cleaning the house and earn some spending money before we go!
That is what we do.
Here is a picture of the fabulous chore chart we use. This is one that I created for my family, it works so amazingly that I started a business from it! There is loads of stuff about chores, chores for kids, chore charts for kids and many other things on this site. The chore charts can be made to work for any size family. Just click around if you want to learn more. It seriously has been life changing. (I know that sounds a little over the top, but its true!)
Those are my top tips for travel with kids.
Wishing you a wonderful trip!
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