Since my oldest was born, we have logged 16 flights, countless overnight visits, a two-day cross country move, and a couple 18 hour car rides–one of which did in a single day.
My husband used to scare me senseless by suggesting yet another overnight family excursion which, in my mind, equated with grumpy, over-tired babies and no one (especially mommy) sleeping well.
However, in retrospect, I was just focusing on worst-case scenarios because our kids are actually fantastic little travelers. Over time, I began to realize that Hubs’s assurance that “everything will work out just fine” was actually pretty accurate.
It doesn’t mean that all will be perfect—indeed we’ve had nights of screaming babies even recently—but it does mean that with a good attitude, the trip can be enjoyed despite some bumps along the way.
Besides stocking your bags with snacks and saying hourly (minute-ly?) prayers for extra patience and grace, I’ve found the following strategies helpful for planning, enjoying, and recovering from traveling with small children.
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