Family vacations are one of the best things in life. Adventures and memory making with the people you love. People that range from diaper wearing babies, to non-stop talking toddlers, to moody teenagers. Traveling with family can quickly go from fantastic to dreadful without the right preparation. Especially when traveling with preschoolers and I’m talking about that in today’s post sponsored by Disney.
The first time we traveled with all four kids, they were 11, 6, and the twins were 6 months old. We flew to Florida and it was awesome, and an epic disaster, in one. I wasn’t prepared, but boy did I learn my lesson. Fast forward a few years to last Summer. We drove a few hours to an amusement park and that trip went much more smoothly, because I had learned and prepared for traveling with preschoolers.
What NOT To Do When Traveling with Preschoolers
1) Don’t over-schedule and plan free time in your itinerary. It can be hard not to take advantage of EVERYTHING your vacation destination has to offer, and max out every hour you have to get the full benefit of your stay. When you are traveling with preschoolers, this probably won’t happen unless you have a nanny with you. Preschoolers may not need naps, but they need a break, especially when they are out of their element. Remember to have fun, hydrate, and rest. 😉
2) Don’t forget favorite toys or special blankets that your preschooler loves. They can be comforting during the car ride or flight, and they can help at bedtime in a new place. Small kids are creatures of habit and the more at home we can make them feel, the more at ease they are, and the less likely for outbursts and tantrums.
3) Don’t under-prepare when it comes to clothes, shoes, and others items your preschooler needs. Accidents happen, shoes get lost on rides, and it’s easier to have an extra change of clothes than it is to deal with the washing machine at the hotel.
4) Don’t set high expectations and be flexible when traveling with preschoolers. Have back plans and try to go with the flow as much as possible.
5) Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance with traveling with preschoolers. Many places have a space you can go to if you need to calm your child down, lots of hotels offer amenities to make small children more comfortable, and amusements parks like Walt Disney World® Resort, are great about assisting parents with children.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Disney. The opinions and text are all mine.