Traveling with Kids — I have done it at all stages of Ainslie’s life and I wanted to share some tips with you.
I travel a lot now that I’m working for myself. This year I’ve been attending conferences and leading classes interstate, and expanding my network overseas. Don’t get me wrong; this is an incredibly exciting time for me and I’m so grateful that I get to do what I love for work. But it doesn’t change the fact that I’m a mom. And us moms have a tendency to worry about whether we are doing the right thing by our families.
I think it’s a great example to my daughter, Ainslie, to see her mom working for herself in her own business. Sometimes she travels with me and sometimes she stays at home with her dad. We took her back to my home state of Oregon recently, which was a trial and error in finding out what works for us.
What I have found is that my daughter’s attention span has increased, but it is still short. So there are some things which I do to help with long car rides or ever 15 hour international flights (yes I have done a ton of them solo with her).
Tip 1: Be prepared with little activities for the travel
One of the best tips that I got was to wrap up toys (even if its toys that you already have) and bring them out as you go along on the trip.
I also have Ainslie pack her own back–acp with things that she loves. Some of her favourites are:
- Her teddy
- Markers and Paper
- Reusable sticker books
- Personal items such as blankets or clothes
- Essential oils that she loves to have me put on her
We’ve all been through the tantrums when their favourite thing isn’t on hand, so make it easier for yourself and get this ready well beforehand. God forbid if you leave their Frozen outfit behind and you’re thousands of miles away from home!
Tip 2: Stagger your days
Rushing around from event to event, visiting people, having jam-packed days to get as much done as possible – this is the work/travel life. If we find it tiring, just imagine how hard it is for the little people in our lives.
I try to space out the crazy-busy days with more relaxed-schedule days. I try and do things which I know Ainslie would enjoy doing, as well as giving her space to run out all her toddler energy. It is balance and forward motion with your business, and I am not sure I’ll ever find that magic balance. But, being mindful and intention-filled with your schedule when you travel benefits everyone.
Tip 3: Try to stick to a routine
Okay, so this is a hard one due to many reasons. Different time zones, long flights, hotels, early starts and late nights. As difficult as it is, try to make time for naps and keep regular bedtime and meal times.
Keep night-time routines as close to normal as possible:
- If you read your children a particular book at night at home, do it when you’re away
- Bring the diffuser or find a local diffuser and stick with similiar oils that you do at home.
- Acknowledge how amazing they’ve been whilst traveling
- Cuddle them a bit more, we often do a lot of baby wearing while traveling and bed sharing to help settle.
Tip 4: Plan in Fun
I do research before I go places and look up things such as:
- Parks/Playgrounds locally
- Kids activities
- Local events that maybe coming up
- Libraries and look to see what they offer kiddos
- Ask on Facebook
Do you have any great travel tips to share?