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Helpful Tips to Survive Holiday Travel with Kids

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here.The following is a guest post written by Safety 1st consumer safety experts.

According to AAA, last year 94.5 million people were on the roads, train tracks or in the skies during the holiday season.  That’s a lot of people!

Then add your own kids into the mix of congestion and for some it can mean holiday headaches.  However, Safety 1st has some tips to help fight some of those headaches this season.

Plus, win your own Safety 1st car seat…keep reading!

  1. Avoid peak travel days –Try not to fly or drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday.  Those are the busiest travel days. However, if you fly or take a train you might save money by traveling on the actual holiday, the roads are less congested too.
  2. Prepare your child for the trip – Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload.  Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance.  This will help him or her get excited about the journey.  Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival.
  3. “Are we there yet?” – To help avoid that dreaded phrase an hour into your six hour trip reserve a bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers a change of clothes and snacks.  Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. If you are driving keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues easy to reach in a second – there are times you may not want to be digging through the bottom of a bag for such items. The Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station is a great solution.
  4. Car Seats – If you are flying check to make sure your car seat is FAA certified. If it’s not clearly labeled contact the manufacture. For parents with older children the Safety 1st BoostAPack can double as a kid survival kit, it’s FAA certified, and will fit in the plane overhead bin. If you are driving make sure your car seat is installed correctly. If it’s been awhile since you visited a car seat check, it’s recommended to check your seat with a Certified Child Safety Technician in advance of your trip. is a great resource.
  5. Prepare the guest room – If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use that for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment.  Also if your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring garbage bags or dark fabric to tape over windows.

And for some of The Naughty Mommy’s own bonus tips for surviving holiday travel with kids…

  • Always, always, always have snacks on hand when traveling. Crackers, Goldfish, raisins, cranberries, nuts, Cheerios…all portable and easy. Planning ahead with snacks can help avoid stopping unnecessarily for fast food or a hunger-induced meltdown.
  • Keep your expectations of your children low. Traveling is rough even on adults. Imagine how it is for little ones. Don’t expect them to be cheerful and polite after sitting in a car all day. Adjust your expectations to their age and the circumstances. Here’s a great article to read pertaining to this. 

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  • Ashley Gebauer
    December 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Yes, I will be traveling for Christmas, visiting many different family members.

  • Lissa myers
    December 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    This site is one of my favorites! And to win a car seat would be a fantastic Christmas gift!

  • Liz Lentis
    December 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Love the site! Thanks for the tips – very helpful as we start to travel with our 9 month old 🙂

  • Jenn Mc
    December 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    we are staying home the grandparents are coming to us 🙂

  • RJ
    December 9, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    We will only be doing minor traveling this holiday season.

  • Robin Abrams
    December 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    No we are staying home this year

  • Christina S
    December 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    We’re not traveling over the holidays, but will be the 2nd week of Jan. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Rachel Henry
    December 12, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Yes!!! We are going back to home to visit family in Louisiana.

  • Rachel Henry
    December 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Yes!!! We are going back to home to visit family in Louisiana.

  • Stephanie Phelps
    December 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Yes, We are traveling to my Mom’s in Alabama this year!

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