Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 by Elissa 1 Comment »
This summer we traveled from Tennessee to West Virginia to visit my parents. We also took a whirlwind trip from Tennessee to Maryland for a family reunion. After logging so many miles traveling with a four-year-old and a ten-month-old, I’ve come up with a list of essentials for traveling with children.
1. Culturelle Kids!
Whenever we travel, one or both of my children seems to get a cold or has trouble with their stomachs. From now on, I’m including Cultuelle Kids! probiotics as part of our pre-trip routine and packing list. Culturelle Kids! is available in chewables or packets. It helps reduce occasional digestive upset and supports natural defenses. 70% of our immune system is in our digestive tract so having a healthy and balanced digestive system helps to strengthen your child’s overall health and immunity.
2. Wet rags and two plastic bags
I like to moisten some wash cloths and store them in a zippered plastic bag. You never know what messes will happen on a car trip with kids! I also take a second zippered plastic bag for the dirty wash cloths. It’s also nice to have a change of clothes for each child that is separate from the pile of luggage in the back of the car.
3. Snack bag/small cooler
I pack a variety of healthy and fun snacks that can be eaten easily while in the car. I also bring a ton of water for staying hydrated and for cleaning up messes.
4. A cozy throw blanket for each child
Air conditioning can be chilly for children, but necessary for the adults in the front of the car. A cozy blanket can help to keep everyone comfortable and encourage naps.
5. Small toys
I have a small storage bin that fits on the seat between the kids and holds a variety of small toys that are easy for my children to use independently.
6. Electronic Entertainment
This one is optional. We have done trips with a portable DVD player and the iPad and we have done trips without. For us, it’s easier to skip the electronics because it often ends up that too much help from the adults is needed, batteries run out and need charged, etc. Picture books with accompanying CDs and fun children’s songs on the iPod work better for us.
7. A bin or bag filled with books
In addition to the small toy bin above, I have another bin that I stuff with books.
8. Medicine bag
I always have children’s Tylenol and a thermometer handy.
Sometimes we stop at a travel center/gas station that has video games and playing them can be a nice little break. Also, sometimes my son gets four quarters to buy a treat of his choice.
10. Trash bag
No matter how hard I try to be green, we seem to accumulate a ton of trash whenever we travel. We clear it out when we stop for gas, but it’s nice to have a designated space for it.
This is a sponsored post by Culturelle Kids! I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.