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Traveling with the kids this Memorial Day weekend? If so, we have the perfect tips to help you get through your Memorial Day Weekend travel happy, stress-free, and in one piece.

We know from our own personal experiences when traveling both as a couple and with our daughter how stressful travel can be, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Traveling as a family should be fun, and with just a little extra time spent before travel preparing and planning, traveling with your kids this Memorial Day Weekend should be “Easy like a Sunday morning.”

Memorial Day Weekend Travel Tips for Traveling with Kids_Kia Soul

Memorial Weekend Travel Tips For Traveling with Kids:

Plan ahead: I’m the planner in the family. I do the research, set the itinerary, and even create a packing list. I also make a copy of all of our travel documents if we’re flying. I find that when having a plan, and knowing exactly what we need to bring, our travel plans go smoothly, and we’re less stressed. We actually get to enjoy our family vacation.

Travel during naptime: During Memorial Weekend, it’s probably best to even leave a day ahead at the wee hours of the morning to avoid traffic. And if you have younger children – infants to preschoolers – it’s best to schedule your travel during their regular sleeping hours. By doing so you’re maintaining their schedule, and decreasing the chance of having a cranky child during your trip.

Pack snacks: Bring their favorite travel-friendly snacks, but make sure that they are low on sugar. We know from experience that a kid on a sugar high while traveling makes for an antsy, loquacious kid. How many “Are we there yets?” do you really want to answer?

Pack entertainment: Be sure to pack the things that you know will make your kid(s) happy. You know the thing(s) that will stop them mid-tantrum once you pull it out and wave it in front of them; your white flag. This can be a coloring book, a tablet, a stuffed animal, or even a book, or in our case, a Kidz Bop CD. Just bring something, but keep it light.

Pack a Change of clothes: If you’re road tripping or even flying, it’s important to pack an extra set of clothes because accidents happen, and can happen anywhere. Be sure to pack an extra set of socks, underwear, and an outfit.

Pack Sunscreen and insect repellent: Memorial Day weekend usually leads to lots of time spent outdoors, which means increased exposure to the sun’s harmful UVB/UVA rays, and biting insects. Neither painful sunburn nor itchy insect bites are fun, especially when you’re trying to enjoy your holiday travel so remember your sunblock and DEET-free insect repellent to protect not only your kids, but yourself too.

We hope these Memorial Day Weekend Travel Tips help make your long weekend travel plans go without a hitch, and the family can enjoy whatever destination together and create lasting memories.

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.

  • Eva

    Awesome tips! We didn’t even leave the house this weekend. We were out all day Sunday though, and that insect repellent came in really handy 🙂

  • Kirstin

    Travel during naptime is a great time! They’ll be asleep and you can knock down those miles. I’m also a fan of packing everyone’s favorite entertainment and power banks to keep everyone’s gadgets charged up!

  • Traveling with my kids is no fun! My toddler doesnt nap, or sleep for that matter., and then the bickering between the three have me ready to fight everybody! As the little one has gotten older it is a little better. Every time we say we arent doing it again and then we do. I can say it progressively has gotten smidges better each time. Great tips though for “regular families”….lol

  • I love traveling at night because the kids sleep the most. I am the planner in our family too.

  • Tia @ financiallyfitandfab

    Great tips for traveling with children! It’s so important to be prepared.

  • Love your tips! We always always always pack snacks!!! And I try to plan the majority of our road trip for a time when the boy will be sleeping! Helps a lot!

  • Great tips! I will be working this holiday weekend, so I hope you and the family enjoy your vacation!

  • Holly

    Great tips. If I had kids I would try these out.

  • It’s been so long since I took a road trip with my family. Good times for sure!

  • Donna Shana

    Great traveling tips! Entertainment is KEY! In fact, for kids and adults!

  • Traveling during nap time is the one thing I always try to remember! Nothing’s worse than road tripping with a wide awake screaming toddler lol. Great tips!