Traveling with children can be a real challenge. There will never be a perfect trip but here are some tips that can help you along the way. Depending if you have small kids or both, you always keep your eye on them at all times. Never depend on the older ones to keep track of the younger ones because when your traveling there are a lot of distractions. You want to have a good time but always be aware of your surroundings. Before you leave, let them know where you are going and what to expect. Take it slow and leave in plenty of time whether your driving or flying. A flexible schedule will create less stress for you and your family, this will make trip overall happier. Don’t overpack, only bring familiar items. Bringing a small stuff animal can make a child feel safe and happy. If you find your missing something on your trip, you can always buy it there at your destination. You want to leave a little room for souvenirs. On a road trip bring electronics and other travel toys to keep them busy. You will hear them say over and over, “are we there yet” I always say “almost. ” I use to play a game called thinking of a color. Sing along can be fun too. Wikki Stix are bendable sticks made of yarn and wax that kids can shape them into flat or 3-D creations. Bring no-mess crayons and markers with coloring books/ activity pads. Don’t forget the snacks. When your flying, departure in the morning. Kids are happier in the morning and can always sleep later on a long flight. Unless you feel at night they will fall asleep and if your flight time of arriving is according to there schedule works best for you. Take a few over the counter medications in case your child gets sick. Bring gum for them to chew when flying to help ears pop. For shorter line wait you can sign your family up for TSA Pre-check to speed through security. Schedule down time so that you all can get plenty of rest for your planned activities. Traveling can open children’s minds to new experiences. Everything might not go as planned, but your family will love seeing the world and you will be planning your next trip before you know it. Happy Family Travels!