Must Haves for Travel with Kids

There are some things we found that helped us travel more smoothly with our kids. Some of them were items, others were just strategies we gained along the way.

  1. iPads, tablets, and Kindles are amazing inventions and have completely transformed the way families can travel! We ended up getting each of our kids an iPad so they could do their school work online, but these ended up being fantastic for downloading movies, books, and music for them to travel with.
  2. Snacks and water. Each kid had a carry-on backpack with snacks and a water bottle they could fill up once we got through security.
  3. Travel days. We would dedicate a whole day to travel, scheduling the flights for after lunch, when possible. We would get to the airport early, check in, and go through security, leaving enough time to get some lunch before the flight. Making a whole day of it was the most relaxing, stress-free way to travel.
  4. Earbuds or headphones. These were important, especially if the kids watched movies or listened to music on their electronics.
  5. Sweatshirt or jacket. Even in the warmer months, I would have the kids pack a sweatshirt. This way they would have something to lay on if they wanted to lay down.

Author: Jennie.Denney

Jennie lives in Southern California with her husband and four children. She loves to travel, write poetry, and be by the water. She received a certificate of the Bible through Torchbearers Bible School, attended Hope International University for her undergrad, received a certificate in Spiritual Formation through the Apprentice Experience at Friends University, and a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies. She has written Soul Cries: A Book of Poems, Soul Cries: A Journal, and her newest book is Shaping the Soul: An Artist Collective. She owns and manages www.jenniedenney.com, where she writes a weekly blog with stories, practices, and lessons she is learning, to help her readers know they are not alone in their own becoming and encouraging them to connect with God. Follow her on IG @jennie.denney and Pinterest @jenniferpdenney.

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