Traveling with two kids by yourself can be intimidating. People are always telling me how crazy I am yet, brave. And honestly they are right. You never know what to expect. But I have to travel with my kiddos by myself quite often. Therefore, I just have to make the best of it.
There has been a lot I’ve learned along the way and these are my 5 things to avoid when traveling with kids by yourself:
As a girl, I tend to over pack. I think of every possible scenario and plan for it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but when you already have two kids to take with you, you really just want to take the essentials. My goal is to get all of the kids’ stuff in one suitcase and mine in another. When I talk about basics, I mean undies, socks, pants, shirts, and shoes. If they are younger, you may need to take some bibs and blankets. I only take enough diapers to last me a full day and then I buy more once I get to my destination. Finally, I add a small bag that has their toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, nail clippers, and any medication if necessary. I have a little girl so I know that we may want to bring bows and all sorts of accessories but they don’t need it. Think simple and this won’t be too stressful.
Toys and Entertainment
I remember when I first started traveling with the kids, I would bring an entire suitcase full of toys. I would come back home with missing pieces and toys that were never touched. Now, I bring two toys for Kenny and Hailey gets a tablet and coloring books with crayons. Kids adapt to their environment. They will find something to entertain themselves with. This last time that we traveled to NY, Kenny ended up playing with a straw for 30 minutes on the plane. I prefer to get them some snacks and they usually do wonders on the plane ride.
A Double Stroller
I have always loved using our double stroller with the kids but when you are traveling alone, it can be a hassle. Kenny does not know how to stay still so I can’t rely on him to stay put. Well, try holding a child while taking a stroller apart so that it can go through TSA. Especially, when everyone behind you just stares at you because you are an inconvenience to their quick and easy TSA experience. Right now, I use a carrier for Kenny and let Hailey walk. When you have a carrier on, they won’t make you take it off in order to go through TSA. It is so much easier. Oh, and some airports do not have elevators that are made for double strollers. In some cases I do take an umbrella stroller because that can be easier to maneuver. however, I would not recommend a double stroller.
Dress to Impress
If you’re required to travel, it means you are either on a vacation, business trip, or visiting friends/family. Whichever it is, we all want to look our best. BUT kids require a lot of attention. Therefore, wear something comfy! I always choose to wear leggings or “cute” sweatpants with a sweater. Always wear a t-shirt underneath your sweater. Some airports can be really warm and kids do not help that situation. Also remember that TSA will require you to take off shoes and belts. I really like to avoid all the extra hassle. So sneakers or any shoes that can easily be taken on or off are a key.
The kiddos have needs so we must bring some sort of a diaper bag. My favorite is a backpack so that I don’t have to worry about holding it. I need all hands on deck. That is all I bring. I may have Hailey bring a small backpack for herself but sometimes she may not want to hold it. When I am traveling alone with my kids, I always get scared that I will lose something because there is so much to account for. My kids, their cups, snacks….the list goes on and on. So avoid bringing any extra carry on because they will just add to the load. If your kids are as small as mine, you have got to remember that they will NOT help.
Traveling is so fun but kids can make it quite the adventure. The more you travel, you will see what works best for you and your family. Try these quick tips and let me know how your trip turned out. Safe travel friends!