Looking for travel advice for my first vacation with kids!

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Becky - posted on 05/01/2010

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Have some activities planned! Take a dvd player, but don't us it the hole time. Play games & spend time together. If they have meltdowns so what melt with them. I take stain stick to pretreat the stains and plastic bags to them in. Don't stress out and have fun! It's times to make good memories!

Tabitha - posted on 05/01/2010

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I have found that it is always wise to take Tylenol and band aids, and other medicine necessities because some one will get injured or become sick when you leave home. I have also found it helpful to travel at night, that way my children sleep instead of fighting and are refreshed and ready to go when we reach our destination.

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I LOVE my iTouch for my toddler! You'd be surprised at how much it can entertain and has been worth it. (I have Dr. Seuss books on it, songlists, games they can actually play, tv show, etc.).

My biggest advice - you didn't say if it was car or plane travel but no matter same advice -- pack an easy-to-get-to change of clothes for everyone traveling together (yes you too!)

Then - always pack medicines. I swear -- it always happens on a trip that a child starts teething, gets a fever, or a stuffy nose. (I pack one of those shower soothers for a cold.)

Christy - posted on 04/30/2010

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I have a website BabyTravel.com. You might find some valuable information there. I also launched an iPhone app called Baby Travel just 2 weeks ago. It's a packing list, sound machine, etc. Let me know if you have any specific questions.

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Sippy - posted on 05/05/2010

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Traveling at night is your best bet. How old are they? My toddler usually sleeps for 12 hours so when we do road trips we plan them around nap times. We also keep water, snacks and toys handy in the off chance that nap-time gets interrupted.

Jennifer - posted on 05/05/2010

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Definitely bring toys to entertain the kids with. Portable DVD players are great or even iPods with some videos on them. Snacks are important to have too!

Rebecca - posted on 05/04/2010

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If you are flying I suggest, checking your car seats (which is free) and using a Cares Kid Flight Harness. The harness straps to the seat and your child, they are pricey to buy, but if you go on ebay a mother rents them out! It's ridiculous lugging a car seat around the airport...I made that mistake the first vacation ;)

Nicole - posted on 05/04/2010

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I think that you would be able to plan a great vacation w/o the needed travel [like booking a plan flight]...you can make reservations at a near by bed & breakfast, maybe one near a lake or a beach so the kids will have something to do...you can look for a spa near you, so when you are giving yourself a break, you can get pampered [don't forget that you can get online to check out more about the town that your going to, maybe a play in the local theater is something the children would be into]...plus, this would be less expensive than going to Hawaii, yet it's the same idea & you're still making great memories (: Good luck!!

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To ease the stress don't make set times that you have to be somewhere other than hotels. This will not only make you more relaxed from not having to rush around but will also calm your kids. I've noticed that when I'm in a hurry and rushing around I get stressed and then that stresses my babies out. So just take your time. Another thing I would say is if your kids want something or are getting into things that you usually don't want them to play with, as long as it can't hurt them or anyone else I would say let them. If that would include you having to pick up a mess here and there, it's not really a big deal...it could take you a couple minutes to pick it up rather than fighting with them for hours to stay out of things.
Another thing would be to bring any medicine that would help with headaches, colds and anything else your family would need on a regular basis. I would also write down any nearby doctors/hospital numbers just in case. My sister inlaw comes back to visit every once in a while and her kids are always getting sick while they're back and she is always prepared with all that stuff so that even when they do get sick she's not stressing out with where to go.

Cindy - posted on 05/03/2010

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Our son is 2 years old he has been travelling back and forth from Myrtle Beach,SC to Connecticut since he was 3 months old. We found a Baby Einstein music cd and portable dvd's to be the trick.
Depending upon how long the ride ours was 15 hours you'll be making alot of stops. Good Luck:)

Rosa - posted on 05/01/2010

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I found that a portable DVD player for us was great, we have taken this on several vacations with our daughter it keeps them busy in the car or plane. Also pack a few colouring books & pencils, I found this helps.

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