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Helpful Tips for Traveling with Kids

Helpful Tips for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with young kids can be tricky, whether you are challenged by entertaining your kids on road trips or navigating the sleeping situation at hotel rooms. Our family has traveled a few times with our kids and our experience has been different each time. We’ve learned some useful tips for traveling with kids as well as things to avoid, and we’ve tried some great gear that has made traveling with kids a whole lot easier!

This post is a partnership with Nakturnal featuring travel bed rails.

Choose Kid-Friendly Accommodations

Stay in a place where your kids can have their own room or section of a room. Vacation rentals by owner (VRBO) are a great option for getting a larger space for your money. You can often rent a small house or condo for the price of an average hotel room. We love staying in VRBO rented places. If your kids can have their own room then it’s a lot easier for you and your hubby to stay up later to talk or watch a movie. These individual vacation rentals also often have their own kitchen and are furnished, so you can easily make breakfast and enjoy meals at home while on vacation with your family.

Traveling with Kids in a RV Motorhome - Mommy Scene

When we don’t rent a house, we love traveling in our RV motorhome which allows us to cook meals in our own kitchen and gives the kids places to nap during the day and sleep in beds at night.

Kids can sleep in their own beds in a RV motorhome - Traveling with Kids

Don’t Ditch Naptime

Maintain nap routines so your kids don’t become cranky while you are off on your family adventures. My kids still nap right after lunch for at least one hour. If the kids miss a nap it’s harder to enjoy the afternoon. Our RV motorhome allows the kids to sleep in actual beds for naptime, even if we are parked at the zoo!

When we are on the go, the kids can nap right in their car seats in the RV motorhome. The increased space allows them to stretch their legs and cuddle up with a pillow. It’s important for kids to stay in their car seats while an RV is moving, just like in a car.

Naps on the go in a RV motorhome - Traveling with Kids

Choose Casual Destinations

Don’t pack your schedule too full when traveling with kids. Leave room to have fun and fit casual activities in. We usually plan 2 to 3 main activities to do per day and fill in the rest of the time with spontaneous activities; walking through a park, going to a local ice cream shop, or just wandering the town and enjoying the local culture. Maybe you’ll find a local farmer’s market to stop by. Casual trip planning allows us to have down time with our small children and not have to worry about meeting our itinerary goals.

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Oregon coast family hike with young children - Mommy Scene

Make some special memories vs. seeing everything you can. We focus on making a few special memories with our kids on vacation, rather than seeing everything possible. We loved exploring the tide pools on our Oregon family vacation last year and and hiking with our baby to a forest waterfall in Hawaii. The rest of the vacation easily fades in memory, but these specific events of traveling with kids are memorable and cherished.

Bring Helpful Kids’ Travel Gear

Staying away from home with your toddler? These travel bed rails from The Shrunks make naps and bedtime much easier for kids when away from home. You can create a cozy sleep space and barrier on any bed that will make a child feel more secure. The Shrunks travel bed rails feature a slim design that easily slips under the bed sheet. You can inflate these portable bed rails in minutes using the compact foot pump it comes with in a convenient carrying bag. All the materials are BPA-free, Phthalate-free and lead-free and The Shrunks inflatable bed rails are designed for ages 2 and older. The inflated size is 48 in. x 7 in. x 4 in. and the bed rails roll up at a weight of 0.6 lbs.

  • Keep your child safe from rolling off the bed.
  • Slim design slips conveniently under any fitted twin, queen or king bed sheet.
  • Recommended for kids 2 years and up.

The Shrunks portable bed rail makes it easy to nap on the go in a RV motorhome

Traveling with kids in a RV motorhome - The Shrunks portable bed rail

The Shrunks travel bed rails may need to be occasionally re-inflated depending on location, temperature, and humidity. My 2-year-old needs a rail or some type of barrier to successfully stay in bed. We have a built-in rail at home on her bed and these inflatable bed rails provide the security on the go that my daughter has built into her bed at home.

b.box Sippy Cups

These are easily our favorite sippy cups to use when traveling with kids, featuring a weighted straw and easy-to-grasp handles. The straw allows your child to easily drink when semi-reclined in a car seat or stroller. And the straw is thinner than normal so they are pretty hard to spill in the car. My daughter loves her award-winning b.box sippy cup and she’s hard to convince to drink from anything else!

Yummi Pouch jewel print cloth snack bags by Revelae Kids

Yummi Pouch Cloth Snack & Storage Bags by Revelae Kids

These modern cloth snack bags are another travel essential to hold our snacks while on family hikes. They close with a zipper and perfectly hold dry snacks, fruit, hair accessories, cosmetics, and more! Everything Storage Bags by Revelae Kids are ideal to hold larger items such as extra clothes, hats and sunglasses, and bottles of sunscreen or bug repellent. You can keep everything together in a cute, moisture-resistant cloth bag that you can tuck into your purse, diaper bag, or beach bag.

Okiedog Kids Backpacks

Nothing travels better on a family vacation than a cute kids’ travel bag. okiedog has several darling backpacks designed especially for kids and roomy enough to hold all a child’s necessities.  These okiedog Wildpacks would be perfect for family traveling this summer and could be used later for school!

Enjoy Kid-Friendly Adventuring

We like exploring forest trails and stopping on a stump for snack time. Kids enjoy time spent together as a family and discovering simple things like pretty flowers, spotting a chipmunk, and throwing rocks in a lake. Don’t plan an adventure that’s too long; our kids eventually need to be carried the rest to the way back to the car.

Family hike - Traveling with kids Easy kid-friendly forest hikes - Traveling with Kids

A hike through the forest is a fun and easy way to enjoy the great outdoors and fill an afternoon while traveling with kids.

Where will you go adventuring with your family this summer? Every family can enjoy the stage they are in by choosing age-appropriate ways to make memories and go on adventures as a family.

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Katie

Katie has been married for 9 years, has 3 young children, and loves creative projects, photography, decorating, and encouraging others to pursue their ideas. She loves the Lord and feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with opportunities to enjoy creative outlets from home.

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75 Comments on "Helpful Tips for Traveling with Kids"

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Agness of eTramping

Wow! These tips do not only seems practical but also very useful and convenient. I will make sure my friends who have kids read your post. Keep up the awesome work!

LeAnn H
LeAnn H

My son has fallen out of bed before while we were traveling, these bed rails would be so useful! love the cloth snack bags too.

Latanya
Latanya

When staying in hotels, my son doesn’t like being confined to small rooms. This bed rail would help him sleep in a big bed.

sandra
sandra

i like that it can fit under various sized beds

Morrighan C
Morrighan C

I like that these bed rails are easy to install & remove. The Yummi Pouches and sippy cup sound great too!

Hannah
Hannah

I think this is a genius idea. It’s super easy to inflate or deflate something like this which makes it super portable, but an excellent solution for a portable bed rail. great idea.

Gricelda C
Gricelda C

I like that these bed rails are easy to install anywhere you go. Great travel tips!

Wendy B
Wendy B

We haven’t done any traveling yet but these tips will be perfect for my baby.

Sarah O
Sarah O

This would be great for when my niece and nephews come to stay over we set them up in a bed that we make out of blankets on the floor so we don’t have to worry about them falling out of bed this would make it so they can sleep on the bed without worrying about it.

Jill M
Jill M

My son won’t sleep in his toddler bed and is too big for a crib but still tends to venture toward the side of the bed when sleeping. This would definitely help me feel more secure about him sleeping in his big boy bed.

Rebecca Day
Rebecca Day

I have a 1 year old and he rolls all over the place. We go camping and take a lot of trips these travel tips sure would come in handy.

Eszter
Eszter

I love these ideas. We enjoy family hikes and eating out when we are on vacation.

Meghan
Meghan

These travel tips are so helpful, love the portability of the bed rails.

Lisa
Lisa

These would be a life saver!! My toddler loves to sleep on the edge of the bed. At home we can arrange things safely but we plan to travel this fall and I’m really worried so far.

Shelley P
Shelley P

I love that the bed rails are inflatable and so easy to transport. These would be so helpful when we stay with family or at a hotel 🙂

Leela
Leela

I like that this bed rail is portable.

Christina G
Christina G

These bed rails would put my mind at rest if my toddler had to sleep in an adult-size bed on trips.

Katrina A
Katrina A

We go camping in the RV alot and my son has a hard time staying in the small bed. I make a blanket rail and it does not always do the trick.

Angela S
Angela S

We have had trouble keeping our little ones in bed when traveling so that they don’t fall out of bed, so this would be wonderful!

Wendi
Wendi

I tend to hear thuds every now and then, such a mover in his sleep! These travel crib rails look great!

Jaime
Jaime

I love that it deflates after use for easy storage while traveling. Trying to fit the long plastic bed rails in the back of my small SUV every time we travel is a real pain. They are ancient, but a life saver when staying at a hotel or visiting with friends or family in their homes.

Adriana
Adriana

This product seems great to keep my niece in bed, she moves alot when sleeping.

Lesley F
Lesley F

My granddaughter will be going in a toddler bed soon and this would give me peace of mind.

Jessica F
Jessica F

I’m expecting twins next month (eep) and it comes with a whole new set of anxiety I didn’t have with my singleton babies, namely how to keep them both in bed without me losing circulation in both arms when we travel.

Faye G
Faye G

This is new to me as being a new grandma, but my son and his wife said they could sure these bed rails.

Kelly M
Kelly M

I never realized how hard it must be to travel with children until my sister had a little one! This would be very very useful for her!

Meredith
Meredith

My toddler will not sleep in a port a crib anymore, so traveling with her has major sleep issues. These bed rails look helpful.

Angela W
Angela W

I like that these bed rails are easily portable and streamlined to pack.

Hargow W
Hargow W

I like that it is compact and Includes compact foot pump and convenient carrying bag.

Robin A
Robin A

I love that these bed rails are deflatable for easy storage. My grandson is always rolling off the bed, this would help a lot.

Kenneth
Kenneth

Love that these bed rails can fit any bed and give you peace of mind

Dawn K
Dawn K

It’s so hard finding bedding for small ones when your are traveling. This looks like a big help.

Marty C
Marty C

This is a brilliant idea! My 2 year old just recently moved into a “big kid” bed and we actually use my old Snoogle pregnancy pillow as an ad hoc bed barrier, but it’s too big and unwieldy to schlep around while traveling. This product is an inflatable Snoogle!

Janice C
Janice C

I like that they are inflatable so they will pack up easily. Then, no matter where we are, we can have them with us!

Pamela
Pamela

I love that these bed rails can be deflated for easy storage!

Amy H
Amy H

Honestly I’d love this bed rail even for home. Need to move the toddler to a twin bed soon and need it to be safe for him.

Amy F
Amy F

Our biggest travel difficulty is always sleeping arrangements. Our older daughter is 11 and doesn’t like to sleep on a couch so she needs a twin bed or a blow-up mattress, and our 3 year old is too kick-y to sleep with us, so she also needs her own bed. We’ve got two inflatable beds we travel with when we go.

Aaron
Aaron

This would be useful for my toddler so he doesn’t fall out of the bed.

Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M

I absolutely love this for my son and daughter-in-law and granddaughter. They are military and travel a lot. This would be amazing for them with my granddaughter because in hotels she will wake up and get off the bed and start wondering around whereas at home, she has the rails and won’t go over them to get down.

Michele P
Michele P

Love these RV travel tips! I like that the travel bed rails are easily portable and don’t have BPA, lead or any of the nasty stuff in them as I like my grandchildren to be safe from chemicals and harmful ingredients if possible.

Jeanette H
Jeanette H

love these bed rails, helps keep the little ones safe by helping them not fall out of bed.

Karen B
Karen B

These bed rails would be good when my sister’s grandbaby comes to visit

Mike
Mike

This bed rail would be great even in the camper

Laurie N
Laurie N

These bed rails are so perfect for when you travel so the kids wont fall out the of bed. Really nice design.

Charlene S.
Charlene S.

I like that these travel bed rails will help kids stay snug in bed and keep them from rolling over and falling out of bed.

Angela W
Angela W

I like the safety aspect and peace of mind that these bed rails offer.

Cassandra
Cassandra

I am a co-sleeper, especially when traveling. This is definitely a need when sharing an adult sized bed with a little one.

Darlene C
Darlene C

I like that these bed rails can fit any sized bed.

Mary R
Mary R

I wish I had this product when I was little, I seemed to always fall out of bed. This product seems like it would keep kids safe in the bed.

Sara T
Sara T

I love that you can deflate these for easier storage!