Dealing with motion sickness when traveling isn’t easy. Motion sickness can affect many young children because their brain and inner ear can sense motion, but their eyes and joints won’t. This imbalance results in nausea, dizziness, sweating, and sometimes, vomiting. We have two children that suffer from queasy stomachs and sometimes they start to feel ill when we least expect it. How do we prevent it? How can you prevent it? Well there isn’t a magic formula, but we have many suggestions that have worked for us over the years and hopefully they will work for you as well.
Holiday travel season is quickly approaching, which means a lot of excitement and possibly a lot of stress. The airport crowds will be massive, luggage will be lost, and there will probably be delays somewhere along the way. Usually these headaches are unavoidable, so be sure to pack a lot of patience and a positive attitude. Here are some helpful tips to prevent you and your family from a holiday travel meltdown as you try to make your way to your destination.
It seems lately everyone wants to know about TSA Precheck. What does it mean and how do you get it? We’ve been using it now for over a year and I have certainly noticed the uptick in passengers using the expedited lines at the airport. We feel it has been worth the investment for the amount of time we spend at airports. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, here is what you need to know about TSA PreCheck:
Summer’s here and it’s the time of year when we think about heading off to some exotic location for a nice, relaxing vacation. With a family, though, it can quickly become a very expensive proposition to travel. Here are some easy ways to find the best deals for your travel plans.
Having spent more than my fair share of time on airplanes and in airports, I have definitely seen some cringe-worthy things. It can be difficult to say which ones are most deserving of a place on this list, but I think it’s safe to say the following behaviors definitely merit a shout out. Hopefully these people don’t take offense, and I’m praying they’re not on my next flight, but these are the 14 people you don’t want to be stuck next to on an airplane.
While many of us dream of road trips and flights to exotic places, traveling with kids in tow can feel less like a vacation and more like a chore. Thankfully, we live in a modern world with the technology to keep kids entertained for long haul car and airplane journeys. Here are some of the best apps to keep your kids happily engaged instead of asking, “Are we there yet?” for the hundredth time.
It can be stressful to prepare kids for flying alone. When a child has the opportunity to fly alone for the first time it can be a very exciting, but it can also be overwhelming and emotional. Preparing children beforehand, as well as adults, on what to expect can make the process run smoother for everyone.
5 Tips to Stay Healthy When You Travel When you travel one of the most important things you can try to do for your mind and body is to stay healthy. Most of the time this is easier said than done. On our last trip, one child ended up sick while we were on vacation, my husband and another child were sick the week after we returned, and I came down with the same virus the following week. We were all pretty miserable. There are germs everywhere in our daily lives, but when we travel, it seems we are more susceptible to picking up unwanted viruses. Maybe it’s the fact that we are confined in an airplane with all sorts of airborne… [Read More]
When parents decide to apply for a passport for their kids, they need to realize it is a different process than the one they will experience when applying for their own. In the United States, a minor passport is issued to children under the age of 16, those above 16 years of age receive adult passports. When your child has a passport, not only are you providing them with an official form of government identification, you are opening the door for them to travel the world, experience new cultures, and take adventures to far away lands.
For many years I have been obsessed with finding the “right” travel gear. We have a stack of discarded luggage in our basement that didn’t pass the “test”. It was either too large or too small, too cumbersome, didn’t have enough pockets, or was simply poorly made. Any of those qualities would immediately relegate it to the back corner of the basement post trip, never to be seen again. Before our vacation this past summer, I was determined to find the “perfect” carry-on for our journey. We are minimalist packers. On a two week vacation we will take two rolling duffles, a backpack, and a carry-on travel tote for our family of five. I do not allow the kids to bring… [Read More]
Over the years we have logged numerous hours on plane rides with our children. We have lived through the whining, the begging, the spills, the tears, and unfortunately, the throw up. No amount of preparation can prevent undesired outcomes, but having some tricks up your sleeve can hopefully limit the problems and minimize the complaints. The toys and games I’m recommending are some of our favorites. You’ll find classics and new ones for this season, as well as toys for boys and girls, young and old. Whatever you choose, your kids are sure to be entertained on the plane.
When you travel, sometimes your carry-on bag makes you feel like a pack mule. When you add children to the mix, you are loaded down with every conceivable toy from the toy box: crayons, stickers, Lego guys, lovies, you name it. You’re lucky if you don’t throw out your back while hauling everything through the airport. After five trips abroad in the last five years with our three children, and many domestic trips in between, I think I have come up with a pretty stream lined list of everything you might need, hopefully saving you some back pain along the way.
One of the reasons parents hesitate to take long plane journeys with their children has to do with not only the plane ride (and the cost), but also dealing with the unknown when it comes to adjusting to jet lag. Over the years, we have learned many tricks to make the adjustment easier for everyone in the family. We feel it is much easier to fly from east to west, when the only significant change we make is keeping the kids up to their typical bed time on the local clock. When you fly from west to east, things can get more complicated, so here are some quick tips to help prevent jet lag (and potential meltdowns) on your next adventure.
When you go on a family vacation there is a lot of planning involved, along with a lot of essential travel gear. However, when you travel frequently, you learn to scale down and bring only the necessities in your bag. Over the years we have come up with a set list of essentials we never leave home without. I’m not talking about the usual toiletries, medicine, and clothes, but those items that always travel with us. The next time you get ready to head out the door, you might want to throw these in for good measure.