100+ Ideas for Traveling With Kids {A Roundup}

Engineer and I are in the middle of a FUN trip to see my sister and her family.  This trip has already included a 24-hour sleeper train ride, and we’ll be taking another one when we head home.  I’ve had traveling with kids on the mind, so I thought I’d share some great tips and articles I’ve read on the subject recently.  Below are links to over 100 ideas, activities, and tips for being on the move with kiddos.

100+ Ideas for Traveling with Kids {A Roundup}
It’s always fun to do some travel-related activities prior to taking a trip.  Engineer and I especially love these two train ideas . . .

1. Angry Birds Space Letter and Word Crash with Thomas and Cranky from Play Trains is something Engineer and Snoopy do all the time!  They call it “night trains”, and they love turning all of the lights off to get ready to play.

2. Train Rocks for Teaching Colors from Thrive 360 Living are something I had wanted to make for ages.  This gave me a great excuse, although mine didn’t turn out as cute!  :)  Thank goodness Engineer didn’t care about cuteness — he was more about making up stories and “driving” the train rocks around.

If you’re looking for more transportation-related ideas (cars, trucks, planes, etc.), feel free to check out my Transportation Pinterest board.  I’ll be adding to it as I find more ideas!

100+ Ideas for Traveling with Kids {A Roundup}

Below are some fun ideas about what to bring when traveling with kids.  These are ideas related to various modes of transportation.

1. 37 Fun Things to Take Along When Traveling with Kids {Hobo Mama}
2. Travel Art Bag {Art Bar}
3. DIY LEGO Travel Box {Finley and Oliver}
4. Magnetic Puzzles {My Kind of Makeover}
5. Road Trip Pillow Cases {Amazing Mae}
6. Summer Road Trip #1: Car Snacks {Thrive}
7. Frugal Ways to Occupy Kids While Traveling {Nothing if Not Intentional guest post at Money Saving Mom}
8. Car Pulley System {Kids Activities Blog}
9. Number Recognition Car Game {Mama Pea Pod}
10. 50 Ways to Keep Your Toddler or Preschooler Busy on a Plane {Playing with Words 365}

100+ Ideas for Traveling with Kids {A Roundup}

There are so many wonderful travel tips out there.  Some of my favorites are listed below.

1. Tips for Flying with Baby {Nothing if Not Intentional — seriously, though, she has a TON of travel-related tips!}
2. Traveling with Kids: 10 Tips for a Smooth Vacation {Defrump Me}
3. 5 Tips for Traveling with Kids by Car {Fireflies & Mud Pies for Inner Child Learning}
4. Tips for Traveling with Kids {All Done Monkey}
5. Family Travel on a Budget {Local Fun for Kids}

I have more tips over on my Traveling with Kids Pinterest board.  What’s your number one tip for traveling with the kiddos?  Leave your ideas in the comments below!  I’d love to  hear them.  :)

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    • says

      Thanks for sharing that, Melinda! I added it to my pinterest board just now, after reading it. What a fun idea! Thanks for stopping by, too!

  1. says

    These are great resources, thanks! I just got back from my first flight alone, ever, with my kids who are 13 and 7. I thought it would be more challenging than it was but they kept themselves occupied with the iPad (13-year-old), iPad Mini, and coloring books (7-year-old) and My Little Ponies. Summer travelling whether by car, train, or plane are so much easier when you’re prepared!

    • says

      Oh yes, I have to agree Alicia! Preparation and age-appropriate expectations are key when traveling with the kiddos. Our trip is going really well thus far, and Engineer is excited about another train ride. Thanks for stopping by!

    • says

      Thanks Sam! :) I tried to cover everything I was thinking about, so I hope it gave others some good ideas. We LOVE your train rocks at my house! :)

    • says

      I’m so glad I was able to include your post about fun things to bring when traveling with the kiddos! I know it was a great read for me prior to a trip with Engineer. :) Thanks so much for stopping by, Lauren!!

  2. Elizabeth Sanchez says

    Not sure if this is a “tip” or not but it really helped me travel alone with a 1.5 year old and a 3 year old. Well, two things. First, I explained the process to them both about 10 times before we got to the airport. Even at such a young age, they understood that I was going to be taking their shoes off (thankfully, you don’t have to do that anymore) and that EVERYTHING had to go through the x-ray machine. The second thing I did was locate the nearest “Play Area” which at one point ended up being a broken people-mover right in front of our gate. Yes, I got some dirty looks from parents with kids sitting quietly in their seats waiting for the plane while mine ran up and down and back and forth on that thing but…well, my kids fell asleep an hour into the flight, right about when all the other well-behaved children were getting cranky and grumpy and their patience had worn too thing to sit still and they were fighting with each other and climbing on the seats and screaming.

    • says

      Thank you for leaving a tip here!! I completely agree — setting the stage for the traveling experience is SO important! Otherwise, how are they to know what to expect?? :)

  3. TAbbi says

    So many great tips and links! These will be great on our cross country vacation next week! Thank you so much!

    P.S. The link for the DIY Lego box said it could not be found!

    • says

      Thanks for the heads up, Tabbi! I’ll go check on that shortly and see if I can track it down. I hope you had a blast on your cross country vacation. What were some of the highlights of the trip?


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