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Weekly Giveaway: What Is Your Top Tip for Traveling with Kids?

by Leap on September 25, 2013 36

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While we have multiple ways of entering, we love reading what you have to say. This week, we'd like to know your top tip for traveling with kids. And it doesn't have to be related to the theme parks, you could tell us how you make a flight easier or a hotel stay more enjoyable for your family! Share in comments below.

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Sep 26, 2013 at 2:43 a.m. Dottie Says...

If the kids are big enough, but lanyards for bottles. Every time we leave the room, a fresh water bottle is attached. The kids carry it until it is empty. This encourages them to drink the water and keeps them hydrated, especially during the hot summer months.

Sep 26, 2013 at 12:34 a.m. Atiya Says...

I always by a new toy and book (or two). I stash these new things as a distraction when there is a meltdown. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks. I always have snacks when traveling. I bring a fully charged Kindle Fire with new apps and movies for long trips in the car.

Sep 25, 2013 at 10:31 p.m. Charlotte Moreau Says...

I would have my kids cut coupons from the Sunday paper. I would then "double" their coupon for their Disney savings. I would use the coupon they cut at the store (30 cents) and then put 60 cents into their savings. They then learned how to shop smart and save for vacation. Lots of fun!

Sep 25, 2013 at 7:05 p.m. Jason Lewis Says...

When travelling with kids we have always given them their own hand luggage with activities in and when they were younger a cuddly toy. As the flight progresses give your children little activity presents.

Safety tips: When arriving at a new location, theme park, supermarket or anywhere else for that matter. Identify a meeting point if they get lost, remind them who they can trust (Police, security, store assistants, family's with other children). Make sure they have your mobile number on them, younger kids write it on their arm. Take a photo on your phone of them and what they are wearing in the morning before you leave your hotel.

Sep 25, 2013 at 6:56 p.m. Sara Herington Says...

Listen to your kids. Remember the vacation is about them also. Include them on your plans and give them choices. Also a book about finding hidden Mickey's is a great way to pass time standing in line. Besides who doesn't like spotting those fun things. My son's favorite part of our last vacation was looking for and finding them.

Sep 25, 2013 at 5:55 p.m. Carol Schlaupitz Says...

When my girls were young we would drive from Michigan to visit The Mouse! I would find inexpensive activities like small dry erase board, coloring books and crayons or travel bingo and wrap them up into grab bags and every couple hours let them pick a new "gift". They loved it. Now many years later we are traveling with my daughter and grandkids next week to the parks and already have our grab bags ready to go. We are so excited!

Sep 25, 2013 at 5:27 p.m. smittlemomma Says...

ALWAYS have a safety plan. Go over it with the family before hand and make sure the kids all know what to do in case of emergency. Refresh memories each morning when putting on sunscreen, taking a picture with phone of what they're wearing, and attaching a safety tag.

Sep 25, 2013 at 5:10 p.m. Lisa Says...

Snacks. Even older kids (and adults!) need snacks to keep the energy up. Force the family to stop for a few minutes for something - I always have something in my bag - Cliff Bar, trail mix, both travel well. You'll all be a lot happier.

Sep 25, 2013 at 4:25 p.m. Anna Bertanzetti Says...

Do not over schedule yourself! Kids need time to relax (and adults too). We always leave unscheduled time that could be spent at the pool or just vegging out in our room watching tv together. It doesn't sound like a magical way to spend vacation, but we find everyone stays happier and more relaxed if there is a bit of "down time" every day.

Sep 25, 2013 at 4:23 p.m. Teri Says...

Ship spray on sun screen, refillable mugs, pool toys to your self at the hotel in a flat rate box. Be sure to pack tape & scissors so you can seal it back up and ship it home at the end of your vacation.

Sep 25, 2013 at 3:37 p.m. Leigh Says...

snacks. They sit still and get quiet to eat them.

Sep 25, 2013 at 3:33 p.m. Jaime Says...

Stock up on souvenirs before you leave. I purchase on sale at Disney store then pull a new one out here and there-saves lots of money compared to park prices!

Sep 25, 2013 at 3:29 p.m. KarenD Says...

Bring an empty thermos and fill it with ice water at the parks. Pick 1-2 things that are a priority and then don't worry about the rest

Sep 25, 2013 at 3:04 p.m. cynthia Says...

take a backpack and fill it with snacks and water

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:59 p.m. Debbie Says...

When spending the day at one of the parks, dress your kids in colors that are all the same. If someone should get lost, you won't have to try to remember what they were wearing and you can quickly give a description to a park attendant for help.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:54 p.m. tracy Says...

give the kids a spending limit so they are not begging for every souvenir they see along the way!

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. Colleen Says...

On long car rides I wrap up a few little gifts for my little kids to open on the way. Every hour or so they get a new gift to open. The gifts are inexpensive such as - pack of gum, activity book, snack of some kind, etc... but they love the anticipation of getting a wrapped present! My little ones are 7 and 5.

For my older teenage kids I come up with about 50 trivia questions. I ask a few questions about every 1/2 hour and the first one to get it right, gets $1. That money will be used as their spending money on the vacation. They love doing this and it keeps their brain sharp for the boring long rides. You can also do trivia questions for the younger children, just make them easier questions (ie...Who is Mickey's "girlfriend"?)

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:38 p.m. kim Says...

Bring snacks and lunch then enjoy dinner at the park!

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:37 p.m. Brian Muller Says...

Bring lots of goodies.... for both the kids and adults.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:34 p.m. Ashley Says...

Going to Disney with a toddler can be rough on your patience and wallet. I solve both of these issues by purchasing cheaper,smaller Disney themed toys, books, etc. from local stores. You can get Disney items literally everywhere. I wrap them in gift paper and put cute Tinkerbell stickers on it. I hide the gifts in the hotel room when we arrive. Now before we enter a theme park I tell my daughter that Tinkerbell is watching her and if she behaves all day, She may have a surprise "Tinkerbell Treat" from Tinkerbell herself, waiting for her back at the room. Let me tell you.. this kid gets so excited to run through that hotel door to see what Tinkerbell has left for her. It's great and works for us.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. Amanda Says...

Pack a mini fun bag for the kids with flashlights, glow sticks, etc to use while waiting and during the parades! It will keep little ones occupied and save you from having to buy expensive souvenirs!

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:32 p.m. Gracy Says...

My top tip is to use large ziploc bags and organize your child's entire outfit for the day in each one! That way, your child picks a bag and everything is inside!

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:29 p.m. Alison Lauhon Says...

We love staying off the resort properties with our kids in a two bedroom suite. It gives them more room to spread out and and place to relax away from us now that their older. Plus it helps to save money for a longer stay or for more to do while we're there!

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:27 p.m. Beth Says...

Let your kids guide you! Get their top picks in for the day and don't sweat the rest! If they're ready for a nap, go back to the hotel and rest.. If they need to eat, don't worry about dining reservations.. feed them! Happy kids make for a happy trip =)

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:27 p.m. Shannon Blando Says...

I always allow each of my girls to take a backpack of items to keep them busy while we travel such as crayons, coloring books, movies, small toys etc. It saves me money from having to buy something.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:24 p.m. Tricia Says...

Take advantage of Fastpasses and get to the parks early to do your must do's.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:23 p.m. Phillip Says...

Be prepared, but flexible.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:21 p.m. Bernadette N Says...

Listen to your kids. If they're tired, don't force staying in the park all day. Take a break in the afternoon and come back later for dinner and fireworks!

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:20 p.m. April Adkins Says...

If driving from far away, leave early in the morning so the kids will still be sleeping...not fussy.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:19 p.m. Linda Says...

would love to have this for my upcoming Disney trip!

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:18 p.m. Julie Isbell Says...

we always carry a back pack with us that has extra clothes, wipes, socks, etc. for our youngest. I keep plastic bags to put any dirty or wet things in. the backpack is an easy way to keep things dry and easily accessible.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:17 p.m. Rene Says...

Bring lots of snacks to keep them entertained.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:14 p.m. Susie Hallam Says...

I make a trip to the local dollar stores before and after my air travel. I get a bunch of cheap activities and toys that are small and light to carry, but offer enough enjoyment to get me through the flight.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. Niurka Says...

Use undercover tourist app to get around Disney

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. Michele Says...

If both kids can walk through the airport, leave the big double stroller at home. Rent a stroller from an off-property site in Orlando. Our favorite is Magic Stroller. They have top quality CityLine products and amazing customer service.

Sep 25, 2013 at 2:11 p.m. Shana Says...

If there is a ride or show you think your kids are ready for, but not 100% sure, save it for last so you don't ruin your entire day if it turns out they weren't ready.

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