Guest Blog from The Travel Family Academy!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and you know what that means – it's time for some festive family travel! As expert travel moms, we've been around the block (and around the world) with our little ones, and we're here to share our top tips and tricks for making your holiday travel smooth and stress-free. Plus, we'll introduce you to some fantastic travel gear that will be your holiday travel BFFs.
1. The Right Car Seat Bag – Your Gear's Best Friend
Before you even step foot on a plane, you need to make sure your precious cargo (we're talking about the car seat) is protected. After all, a car seat isn't the lightest thing in the world and lugging it around can be a real pain – literally. Even if you choose (and are allowed) to take it on the plane with you, lugging it around the airport is better done with a proper car seat bag. That's where the J.L. Childress Spinner Wheelie Deluxe Car Seat Travel Bag comes in handy.
This bag is like a superhero cape for your car seat. It's padded for extra protection and has sturdy wheels making wheeling it around easy and effortless - no more lugging and pulling! Plus, it's super roomy, so you can even sneak in some extra holiday presents or winter coats to save on luggage space. It's a win-win!
2. Gate Check Your Stroller with Ease
If you're traveling with a little one, a stroller is a must. But deciding between leaving a stroller at the gate or boarding with it and fighting for overhead compartment space can be a bit overwhelming .... That's where the J.L. Childress Gate Check Bag for Standard & Double Strollers comes to the rescue.
This Gate Check Bag is a game-changer. It's designed to fit most standard and double strollers and has a drawstring closure with an adjustable lock to keep everything secure. The attached stretch pouch makes folding and storing the bag a breeze.
3. Strategize Your Packing
Packing efficiently is the key to successful holiday travel. Start by making a list of everything you'll need for your trip, and then go back and try to cut it in half. Trust us; you won't need as much as you think.
Roll your clothes instead of folding them – it saves space and minimizes wrinkles. Pack versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. And don't forget to leave some extra room for souvenirs and holiday gifts!
We have a FREE Airport Diaper Bag Checklist you can download to help you pack like a pro!
4. Snacks and Entertainment are Lifesavers
Hangry kids (and parents) are no fun, especially when you're traveling. Pack a variety of snacks that are easy to eat on the go – think granola bars, fruit, and crackers. And don't forget the refillable water bottles!
Entertainment is equally important. Load up on books, coloring books, and small toys to keep the kiddos occupied during long flights or car rides. Consider investing in some noise-canceling headphones to keep the peace.
We share our best snacks for flights ideas here!
5. Dress for Comfort and Layers
Holiday travel often means dealing with fluctuating temperatures, especially if you're going from a cold climate to a warm one or vice versa. Dress everyone in layers, so you can easily add or remove clothing as needed.
Opt for comfortable clothing and shoes, especially for the kids. You might have to do some sprinting through the airport to catch a connecting flight or keep up with a toddler on the move. Comfort is your best friend.
6. Embrace the Power of Technology
Smartphones and tablets can be a parent's best friend during travel. Load up your devices with kid-friendly apps, movies, and games. Don't forget the headphones! And if you're traveling internationally, check if your destination requires any specific adapters or converters for your electronics.
7. Stay Flexible and Keep a Positive Attitude
Last but not least, remember that holiday travel can be unpredictable. Flights may be delayed, weather might not cooperate, and there might be unexpected hiccups along the way. The key is to stay flexible and keep a positive attitude.
Your kids take cues from you, so if you stay calm and collected, they're more likely to do the same. And remember, the journey is part of the adventure, so embrace the unexpected!
With these tips and the help of some fantastic travel gear from J.L. Childress, your holiday travel can be smooth, stress-free, and filled with festive fun. Safe travels, travel mamas!
A HUGE thanks to the Travel Family Academy for sharing their expert travel tips with us!