10 Tips For Families Traveling With Their Kids This Summer

Summer is close at hand and many parents are beginning to make plans for their family vacations. According to the U.S. Travel Association, nearly one third of adult leisure travellers are parents and grandparents, taking an average of 4.5 trips each year.

According to the 2011 Mom Shopping Trends Report, almost 9 out of 10 moms purchase products to make traveling with their kids a little easier, but those don’t always guarantee a ‘headache free’ vacation. Here are some tips that will help you make the best of your vacation while your children are still little.

One of our favourite sample sale sites dedicated to parents and children, Totsy has partnered with Deb Geigis Berry, one of America’s favorite family adventure experts, to make sure this summer’s trip is one to remember.

  1. Kids love being with you, so a trip to the beach or state park can be just as fun as a pricey excursion to a crowded amusement part. Just shake things up with a few new travel toys.
  2. Search for freebies. Many towns offer a free concert or outdoor movie and libraries often host events, from juggling seminars to costumed parades. When you arrive at your destination, head to the local library and scan the bulletin for upcoming events.
  3. Don’t take ‘family friendly’ to heart. Call venues to see if they have cribs, high-chairs and booster seats. Also bring quiet, colorful toys, like spinners that attach to tables or table trays with a suction cup.
  4. Press all buttons before they press yours – make sure the sound/effects and melodies of toys won’t drive you crazy over a long car ride.
  5. Don’t bring your child’s favorite toys. Losing an adored blanket or stuffed animal will put a damper on the trip. Try picking up a few filler toys just for the trip.
  6. Only one thing is worse than a back seat driver, a back seat crier. Use car compartments to stock items that comfort and distract, like a small pillow or a fun play mat.
  7. Divert meltdowns with smart phone apps that entertain babies in a pinch, like animal pictures with sounds and flashcards with shapes and colors. Don’t forget to use a durable case and neck strap!
  8. Save money and eat healthy with picnics stocked with bread, cheese, vegetables and fruit from local farmers’ markets. In case the ground or table is damp, keep a waterproof blanket in the car.
  9. Keep moving. Babies and young children enjoy motion. Try cycling with a baby in a trailer, hiking with a baby in a carrier, or riding on a historic merry go round.
  10. Try an animal adventure. Take a bird walk, visit a fish hatchery or cruise an animal park. Go to your state’s tourism department website to learn about animal adventures near you.

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