Traveling can be challenging, and traveling with kids can be very challenging. So we reached out to all of the Badger moms and dads and asked: what are your best tips for traveling with kids? Read their tips, and enter to win a travel survival kit valued at $95!
All of the parents agree that timing and planning are tantamount for success.
Sarah, who works in our administration department, has two young children. She stressed the importance of thinking about the time you will arrive at your destination. She likes to time the trip around nap times.
She also allows enough time for bathroom stops and snack breaks. If all goes well, her family arrives with plenty of time to unwind and follow (as close as they can) their meal and bedtime routines.
Anna, our customer service supervisor, suggests little neck pillows and small fleece blankets for a comfortable car nap.
Kristina, who works in our accounting department said involving school-aged children in the planning process helps to engage them in the trip. She has her three children take turns planning the routes and choosing activities.
Christina in customer service recently completed a road trip with her three-year-old and one-year-old sons. She suggested snacks that are unique to the trip. Special snacks make the trip a little more exciting.
Jason, our IT Badger, favors salty snacks for his kids. And Anna suggested a mystery snack bag. Surprise and discovery always make a trip go faster!
This was another popular tip for traveling with kids. In addition to screens and books, Badger parents had some unique road trip games.
Lauren in customer service likes to play the license plate game with her kids. The object is to try to identify license plates for each of the 50 states.
Emily in customer service says her kids like “guess my animal.” It’s similar to 20 questions, but the animal must be real and not extinct or imaginary. So everyone has a chance to guess.
Sara in sales says her li’l one loves his Etch A Sketch. Anna suggested several DIY games, including a cookie sheet with magnetic letters.
Jason and Anna both suggested a grab bag or box filled with surprise toys and games. Because the excitement of discovering what’s in the bag helps to pass the time.
Jessica in customer service likes to sing with her five- and seven-year-olds.
Derek in our operations department suggests easy-to-reach spare clothes, paper towels, wipes and plastic bags. Because in his experience, “someone will puke.”
And on that note, if traveling with kids just sounds like too much of a headache, simply follow the advice of Emily in administration:
Enter below to win Badger’s travel essentials, and be sure to leave your best tips for traveling with kids in the comments below!
Prize details: one each of the following: Klean Kanteen Badger stainless steel water bottle, Classic Lip Balm 4-pack in Green, Mini Badger Buddy toy, SPF 35 All-Season Kids Face Sunscreen Stick, Mind Balm Variety Pack, .75 ounce Sleep Balm, .75 ounce Baby Balm, .75 ounce Night-Night Balm.