Whether you’re about to go away for spring break or you’re planning a summer vacation, we know that traveling with kids can be a bit well, challenging. So here are 5 fool-proof tips that will hopefully make it just a bit easier for you, courtesy of the new book, Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids.
1. Use a mitten clip to keep loveys from getting lost.
If your kid likes to bring her lovey with her on outings, take measures to keep it from getting lost. Attach it to your kid’s clothes using a mitten clip.
2. Use a plastic snow sled as a beach tow.
Let’s go to the beach! Sounds simple enough until you remember you’ve got to get the kids, towels, toys, and food from the car to that perfect spot by the water.
The answer is a piece of winter play equipment — a plastic snow sled. Load up the sled with beach supplies and drag it across the sand, saving yourself several trips back and forth to the car.
3. Darken the crib with a hotel curtain or bedspread.
If it’s dark and not too noisy outside, move the crib next to the hotel window and pull the room-darkening curtains around it. The curtains block light and noise coming from inside the room and create a calm environment for your baby to fall asleep.
Another strategy: Pull the hotel bedspread partway over the crib, blocking just enough light to help your baby settle down. (If hotel bedspreads creep you out, use a folded bed sheet or baby blanket.)
4. Use glow sticks as travel night-lights.
If your kid feels anxious at bedtime in an unfamiliar, dark room, pack glow stick bracelets to use as wearable night-lights. Bedtime won’t be nearly as scary.
5. Cover hotel room outlets with adhesive bandages.
Who thinks of childproofing on vacation? Improvise by covering the outlets with adhesive bandages from the first-aid kit (or front desk). Alternatively, use painter’s tape.
Excerpted from Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids by Asha Dornfest (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2016. Illustrations © Craighton Berman.