This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Spring Break is here, y’all! Let’s talk about vacations and traveling with kids, because it can be overwhelming to plan a trip with little ones in tow. Since Charlie was born – almost 4 years ago – we’ve been on three very long road trips and a three-week long trip to France. Last summer, we drove across the country with a few stops along the way in Tennessee, New-York City, and Ohio, and everything went smoothly! I’m not a professional traveler but I’ve learned a few things during our yearly road trips.
When we travel, I always plan the boys’ outfits in advance. I want them to be comfortable and stylish. I love taking pictures of the boys along the way so style is important to me, and Carter’s has a really cute lineup of baby and toddler clothes for spring.
My top traveling tips if you’re driving:
- Toys. Bring your child’s favorite toys, of course, but also bring some new toys that they’ve never seen before. When you need it most, the novelty should keep them busy for a while. Check the dollar section at your local supermarket!
- Clothes: You want them to be comfortable and convenient – easy to take on and off for diaper changes on the go. Carter’s clothes are one of the good brands simply because of the wide variety of outfits. From soft indigo knits to denim and tie-dye.
- Technology: No shame! Music and videos are great to keep your kiddos busy. Traveling can be stressful and you’ll appreciate the break. Gotta have those tunes.
- Food: Pack non-messy and easy to carry snacks. For instance fruit pouches and individually wrapped snack bars. Bring a large variety of snacks especially if you have a picky eater. If you have a toddler, bring extra-preferred snacks that you usually wouldn’t buy. If your baby drinks formula, half-make bottles by putting just the formula in the bottle. When it’s time for a feeding, just add water! Also, bring water 😉
- Relax: Be flexible and stop when you need to. It’s ok not to follow your itinerary perfectly, or even have a strict one at all. There will be unpredictable events: Traffic, fussy kiddos, diaper changes… don’t get too hung up on following an exact schedule.
This year, we’re taking the boys to Corpus Christie to see the ocean again.
Here is what I’m packing for our road trip:
- Window shades for the car
- Sun screen for the beach
- Diapers and wipes
- Snacks, Baby food, and drinks
- Giant box of toys and books
- Empty plastic bags for leftovers and trash
- Cell phone chargers
- White noise machine
- Baby carrier and stroller
- Camera and memory cards
- Suitcases filled with comfortable clothes from Carter’s 😉
Clothes is my area of expertise so let me tell you a bit more about it. I bought Jude this great Romper that you can find here. I love it because it’s one-piece, it’s super convenient for diaper changes, the fabric feels strong and soft, and it looks really good. Bonus points because the graphic reads “Road trip”. The perfect romper for my little traveler!
I also love their ready-to-match sets. They’re great for traveling because the outfits are already planned. They do the work for you! I bought Jude this one, and his shoes are from Carter’s too. They go well with almost everything he owns and can be worn all year round. They have all kind of shoes which feel really tough, look great, and are affordable. Add these awesome sunglasses pictured below and your baby is going to be the king of the beach! Also, it’s super important that Carter’s beach/pool outfits, rashguards, and swimming suits are all UPF 50+. Protect your kiddos!
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Danielle2017-03-13 at 5:52 PM
This is great! We will be road tripping with an 8 year old, 4 year old and baby under 1 this summer! Thanks for the tips!
Kaylee Marie2017-03-14 at 12:20 AM
“Technology: No shame! Music and videos are great to keep your kiddos busy. Traveling can be stressful and you’ll appreciate the break. Gotta have those tunes.”
My husband and I don’t even have kids yet and we argue about this point. He is convinced (from his extensive experience with children…sarcasm) that lazy parents use technology. I have to remind him that it is incredibly dangerous to have a screaming child distracting the driver…and children get BORED! Maybe he needs to just learn first hand. haha
Liliane Fawzy2017-03-14 at 12:53 AM
Great tips! Can’t say travelling with kids really applies for me yet but I loved reading your article anyways. Their outfits are to die for!
Danielle2017-03-14 at 3:37 AM
I am going to forward this to my friends with kids!
Gelli2017-03-14 at 11:27 PM
Will take note of this one. Thank you for sharing!
Innana2017-03-15 at 1:53 AM
Your Son is so cute! I love the tips. We’re planning on taking a road trip in the next few months so I wanted to be prepared.
Kristin2017-03-15 at 1:15 PM
Great suggestions. I found giving kids stickers to play with kept them busy too.
Celia2017-03-15 at 3:19 PM
Don’t have kids, but lots of students. These are helpful in any scenario!
Pooja2017-03-17 at 4:53 AM
This post has some reall amazing tips. 🙂