How To Travel With Your Kids Successfully

If you are a regular reader, you have probably seen most of these posts, but there are new readers to this website every day. This post is for you, new readers. Welcome!! And if you are a dedicated reader, check the list below, because there may be a few awesome articles you missed before.

Maybe you are just starting out on your travel adventures with your family, or maybe you have already started, but you want things to go more smoothly next time. Whether you are a seasoned parent, or a newbie, I hope you will find the resources on this website helpful. I have so many articles, it may be difficult to know where to start, so let me help you out. Here are the most important articles for you to read before your next family trip, organized by category. I hope this will be a good starting point on how to travel with your kids in a fun way.

1. I’m New, I’m New, I Don’t Know What To Do

Deep breaths. You’ve got this. Taking the time to look for help shows that you are on the right path. Here are some posts that will help new parents navigate the world of travel with small children.

baby wearing on vacation

Shock and Awe: First Time Traveling Jitters

Things I’ve Learned About Traveling With Children

– 7 Initial Steps: Planning To Travel With Children

– Traveling With A Nursing Infant

– The Travel Syndrome

Dressing Your Kids For Travel

Dressing For An Easy Diaper Change

Child Safety and Travel: Establishing Rules and Boundaries

Packing Your Diaper Bag For A Day Trip

The Physical Demands of Traveling

Staying In A Hotel With Small Children

– Don’t Let Them Guilt You! (A guide to dealing with unhappy fellow travelers)

– Rest Stops & Potty Breaks

– Just Breathe! (How to deal with the inevitable stress of being a parent)

The Best Guest: Staying in Someone’s Home

Keep Candy In Your Purse

A Day At The Beach

Baby Wearing While Traveling

A Travel Lesson From Aesop (You can’t please everyone all of the time)

The Perceived Reality Of A Parent

Parenting & The Art Of Distraction

Trash Is Toy Treasure

A Traveling Mom’s Guide To Breastfeeding In Public

Why I Love Traveling With A Family

2. In The Air

How to navigate the world of air travel with children.

infant in flight

How I Roll

Air Friendly Car Seat

Traveling With A Newborn or Infant By Plane

Flying With A 2 Year Old

Packing 101: How To Pack A Suitcase Efficiently

Waiting At The Airport: Time & Money

Searching For Airplane Tickets Online

Infant Flies Out of Parent’s Arms in Turbulent Flight

A Suitcase You Can Ride!

What Should I Pack In My Carry On Luggage?

Dealing With Jet Lag

Dear Jet Lag, I Hate You

Flying In Bad Weather

How to Spot Human Trafficking Victims at the Airport

3. Vroom – vroom.

Dealing with travel by car, whether you are head one hour away, or driving 6,500 miles in three weeks (yes, we did that with three kids, and it was fun).

child in carseat

Planning the Ultimate Family Road Trip

My Kid Gets Carsick, Now What?

Saving Money on Road Trips

Music For Everyone In The Family

Road Trip Sleeping Solutions

The Bubble Bum: Best Booster Ever

Encouraging Children To Get Along In The Car

Car Seat Laws that changed in 2014

4. Do It Yourself

Here is a collection of a few DIY travel tools that will make your next trip run more smoothly while saving you some money.

car seat luggage

Hitchin’ A Ride: Turn your carry on bag into a stroller using your car seat

DIY Alternative to Flimsy Stroller Cases

SER Baby Travel Pillow Tutorial

Child Travel Pillow Tutorial

DIY Travel High Chair For Wiggly Toddlers

5. Roadblocks

How to react when things do not go exactly as planned.

All three children alseep at 2300 (11pm) in the Mc Cafe in Vienna's International Airport.
All three children alseep at 2300 (11pm) in the Mc Cafe in Vienna’s International Airport.

Travel Gone Wrong

Things Get Lost

Plans Change

Follow Your Gut (Avoiding scams and tricks when traveling)

Traveling while Potty Training – Accidents Happen

Rain, Rain, Go Away (dealing with bad weather)

Traveling While Pregnant (series)

Gum In My Kids’ Hair

Of course, I have many other fun and informative posts about travel that I haven’t mentioned here, but I thought these would be a good starting point.

Happy travels,


Have a specific travel question? Check out this section of the website: Ask Kristin

Hoodsbee – Hoodies, Travel Pillows, Friends – All in One


The Hoodsbee really piqued my interest. The title for their product is, “The Hoodie That Becomes A Plush Toy.”

I haven’t been posting many Kickstarter campaigns on here because I am constantly bombarded with requests to let my readers (you lovely people!) know about various campaigns. But this one piqued my interest because I feel like it would actually be a great addition for my traveling arsenal! It is a stylish child’s hoodie that easily transforms into a pillow pal. I know my kids would use this in the car, on the train, or any other place they need to rest their heads. Please consider helping these awesome inventors out. You can get a Hoodsbee for a $30 backing, which is a really good price that is competitive with other plain hoodies out there. For more information check out their kickstarter here, and hurry because their campaign ends in 15 days.

Happy travels!!!


Disclaimer: Although I have personally corresponded with an employee from the makers of the Hoodsbee and believe they fully intend to comply with their campaign, there have been recent campaigns where the company raises the funds and does not distribute the goods. Although this is rare, I feel it is my responsibility to share this with you.

6,500 Miles – Road Trip USA

If you follow my blog at all you know that I have been traveling, a lot! We just did a coast to coast road trip across the entire United States. We started in Colorado, headed to Virginia, and then we went all the way back to our home state, California. The whole purpose of our trip was to see friends and family, which made the trip super special. We also were able to see some of the sights.

If I am being completely honest with you, my treasured reader, I have to tell you that the trip exceeded every expectation I had. There were not even any problems, except for my oldest daughter getting car sick a few times. Our rental car got updated to a full size for free so we were able to fit all of our suitcases comfortably, and it even had leather interior, which made for much easier clean up!

We got to see The National Mall, The Big Easy, and Virginia Beach. It was an amazing time and I am primed to write many articles about all of the different things I learned while we were traveling. Tune in next week to hear how one small apple became one big deal on our flight from Athens, Greece to Philadelphia.

For now I will leave you with this photo of me kissing the California sign. It is so good to be back in my home state with all of my family members!

Kissing california state sign

Happy Travels!!

Acropolis Day With My Kids!

In case you were wondering what a trip to the acropolis looks like with three kids under 7, here are some photos. We had a blast. My kids love going to the Acropolis!! For more info on fun, family things to do in Athens, check out this post.

kids at the acropolis baby wearing on vacation

Traveling With Friends Can Make Everything More Fun

Here are Ksena (mine) and Nina hanging out in Heros Square in Budapest, while Nina's daddy, Arpi gave us a run down on the history of the square.

On Wednesday, for Travis’s birthday, we went to the Budapest Zoo with our friends, the Horváth Kávai family. They are an amazing couple, and have two daughters that are a little bit younger than our girls. Traveling as a family is very fun, and if you don’t have friends in mind to travel with, I hope you meet some soon. We had such an amazing time!! The girls hung out together, holding hands from each exhibit to the next. It was so amazing to see the wonder of my own children along with the wonder of their kids. In my opinion, it was twice the fun it would have been, which seems nearly impossible.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Arpi (the husband) used to be a professional tour guide in Budapest! We learned some seriously awesome things in Hero’s Square from him.

The zoo in Budapest is really nice. They have lionesses, tigers (including three completely adorable tiger cubs), zebras, giraffes, hippos, elephants, and many other intriguing species. They also have a butterfly exhibit that was breathtaking! My husband and I might have enjoyed it even more than the girls, who were amazed to see such huge butterflies. As we left the zoo almost an hour after we went through the exhibit, Kati was still yelling, “Bye butterflies!!

Then we went to Ikea for lunch (really cheap and yummy) and had birthday cupcakes for Trav that I had made the day before.

Are you thinking about traveling with another family? Here are some things you should consider, especially if it is a longer trip:

– Are the ages of children similar? They don’t have to be the same age, but it will be more fun if they are around the same age. Give or take two years for the older ones.

– Do you and your spouse get along well with the other couple?

– Is there a time limit on your fun? Some people can be around each other forever and never get on each others nerves. Some people have fun for about 5 days, and then start to argue. Make sure you pay attention to your fun limit with another family.

– Just because you travel together doesn’t mean you have to do everything together. If you are going on a trip for more than 4 days, make sure you have at least half of a day spending time with just your family. That way each family has a chance to do things the other family does not want to do. Read more