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Traveling With Kids: Tips for Travel With Young Kids

When we were growing up we did a lot of family vacations. In the early days, we did a lot of camping, we went to lakes, the beach, and some national parks. I still have a very vivid memory of driving through a Redwood tree. As we got older we went to more places and stayed in hotels, mostly we traveled by car because flying with 3 or 4 kids (depending on if our older brother stayed home or went with us) was expensive for my folks. We flew occasionally, especially if the trip was far away. But since there were so many of us it tended to get crazy.

I knew when I began my own family that I wanted my kids to experience life, to have more great memories than great toys. So we decided early on to gift experiences as well as “stuff.” We discovered that our kids were just as excited to go to new places as they were to get things. Of course, we always do a little souvenir at each place we visit, but it is usually something small and aligns more with memorabilia than toys.

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We make sure to use a travel agent when we plan big trips that include plane-fare, hotel stays, and rental cars. You might think no that it is cheaper to find your own deal, but when it comes down to it the agents find better deals because hotels and airlines make package deals with them and each agent has a reward account with one or more hotels and airlines. We also maintain a rewards credit card that earns us travel points. That way when we use it we earn more rewards.

As far as traveling with small children you might be surprised how easy it really is. Most airlines allow for one free car seat and one free stroller check per person. So you do not even have to pay extra to bring them. Children under two can fly on a parents lap for free. And as long as you prepare flying with kids can be fairly uneventful. pack lots of snacks, toys, coloring books, and bring headphones for over their ears. Airlines usually have entertainment centers with games, music, and movies available for free now. They even stock kids favorites, including tv shows, and new release movies. However, airlines only give out earbuds for free. So if you want a small child to enjoy the sound bring good headphones.

Try to get a window seat, that way kids can watch outside during takeoff and landing. Also, try to make sure kids are snacking or chewing gum during takeoff and landing. It helps alleviate the pressure in their ears. Moms who breastfeed can even nurse their baby or toddler during those times, it too helps with pressure.

You know your child best, you know their schedule and routine, and their fussiness factors. We have discovered our kids fly best mid-morning or just after dinner. That way they nap or sleep throughout the flight with small windows of wake-fullness. So think about what times are best for you and your kids. When you fly with kids try to make sure you arrive at the airport more than two hours ahead. Traveling with car seats and strollers means checking them into bulky and oversize baggage check which means standing in line, you cannot do self-check.  So allow for extra time.

Travelling is fun, it can be stressful but it is also very rewarding. So don’t be afraid to travel with kids.

Melissa and Doug: Travel Games

Since we shared a craft from the Melissa and Doug blog last week we also shared that we offer some of their toys. Many were surprised, they didn’t realize we offered toys. The Boy’s Store loves to offer things that are difficult to find, help to educate and motivate children to learn, and keep our boys stylish. We are proud to offer some great items from Melissa and Doug since they also aim to provide children with an educational foundation that is built on fun.

Since it is summer and a lot of you are traveling for vacation or to visit family we thought this was the perfect time to reacquaint you with our Melissa and Doug travel games. These games are perfect entertainment in tight places, cars, planes, trains, however and wherever you travel this summer take Melissa and Doug travel games with you.

Hangman Melissa and Doug Travel Game: This travel game is perfect with a partner. Try to get your partner to guess the word. Every time they miss a letter they get another piece of the hangman. Try to guess the word before he hangs. Comes with an erasable marker.

Bingo Melissa and Doug Travel Game: includes two game boards and four double-sided bingo cards for tons of fun on the go. All pieces are included and there are no loose pieces.

Four in a Row Melissa and Doug Travel Game: includes one double-sided game board with all pieces attached, simply flip them to play. Perfect for travel since you wont lose the pieces. Try to get four in a row!

Traveling With Kids: Summertime Traveling Tips

Summertime brings travel time. We love family vacations, even if as parents we may feel we need a vacation to get over the vacation. After all, traveling with kids can be difficult. That is why we are going to try and give you some quick travel tips that may help making traveling a little easier and less stressful.

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Keeping kids happy on long trips is difficult, whether you are on a plane, train, or in a car. There is no one thing that works for all kids. That’s why it is a great idea to have an arsenal of activities ready at your disposal.

1. Snacks and Treats. Hungry kids are not happy kids! Make things easier by keeping ready made snacks with you at all times. Small things like crackers, nuts, pretzels, popcorn, granola, and fruit are easy to grab and go. If you want more variety bring a little cooler. You can add yogurts, cheese, sandwiches, etc. if you are traveling by plane it is nice to have something for the kids to chew on during takeoff and landing as it can help with ear drum pressure. Gum is an excellent idea if your kids can have it, otherwise try pretzels or crackers.

2. Try to do you biggest leg of your trip during a time when the kids will sleep. Fly at night, drive at night, or in the very early morning.

3. Activities arsenal is the trick here. Coloring pages, books, Madlibs, puzzles, travel board games, small toys. Anything to keep them busy and happy.

4. Gadgets Galore. When the activities lose their appeal have a movie handy, a video game, iPads, iPhones, tablets, laptops, and portable video players are a parents Bestfriend. Load them with children’s movies, apps, games, music, and books. When the kids are getting cranky and tired break them out. These can be e perfect last ditch effort to maintain calm.

Traveling can be very stressful without kids, with kids it is twice as difficult. But try to remember the fun you will all have when you finally arrive. It may be hard going, but in the end you can all relax and have fun together.