Oh, travel. So much hope. So much excitement, and looking forward to. There's nothing better than traveling to new places and it's even better when you have kids. I always feel like I'm doing something important- letting them experience new people and allowing them the opportunity to try new things and get out of the every day norm. The world is literally your oyster, until your 1 year old pukes on you on the plane.
When it comes to traveling with your kids there's some rainbows but it's not always sunshine! I really learned my lesson on our latest trip to Dallas to visit my best friend and my brand new Godson. Take my travel mistakes as your travel blessings and follow my 5 step guide to make your travel days easier.
Step 1: Pack an extra pair of clothes for you
I wasn't kidding about the puke. Here I was keeping my baby SO quiet, attending to every single squirm, squeal, and cue. Toys packed, fun snacks packed, new books, and a giant cup of coffee for me. I WAS READY. Until I wasn't. Sometimes your kid might get a bit too snack happy and take a bite of their oat bar mid nursing session. Sometimes they might choke on said bite and projectile vomit only on you. Then they might go back to nursing like nothing happened while you are covered in puke and panicking without a change of clothes. Sometimes that happens.
Step 2: Just book the cheapest flight
I booked night flights to that Max would sleep. Did he? No. Through the hustle and bustle of checking in, getting patted down by TSA, and stopping for a beer (see next step) there was no sleep in sight. Just pick the flight that is cheapest and easiest because apparently kids don't care about night time sleep and that you coughed up that extra money to follow their routine.
Step 3: Coffee and beer, on repeat.
You aren't going to get good sleep on vacation. Traveling is exhausting and new locations make it so kids aren't that comfortable. Do yourself a favor and seek out coffee when you land and treat yo self to some beer (or other fine beverage) on the plane, off the plane, in a restaurant, at your hotel....you get the idea. You've earned it, right?
Step 4: Make a dang list
Kids, work, and sleep rule my life so when it's time to pack for travel I always procrastinate even when I don't mean to. Except for my partner, who actively procrastinates and packs an hour before because he's living that lux life. Realistically, a lot of the things we need for travel you also need for daily life. Just make a list and then try to fill it as much as possible. Or, be like me and run around grabbing random items around the house that you might need up to the minute the lyft arrives. I still forgot about 5 things and that's actually a record.
Step 5: Recover
You vacation to relax but when you're with kids. It's not a vacation. I repeat, not a vacation. It's fun and different but it's hard work. Take an extra day off to recover and hope your child sleeps through the night. If all else fails, refer back to step 3 and keep those drinks on repeat.