Now that I’m a mother of a 17-month-old toddler, I know how extra stressful holiday travel can be when you throw kids into the mix! Here are some of my sanity-saving products and tips that will help you and your family remain happy, healthy, and entertained during the chaotic holiday travel season.
Tip 1: Choose a Roomy Carry-On
eBags Fortis Pro Traveler
Priced at just $199, this hard-side spinner carry-on from eBags is roomy and smart! It has a built-in USB port with removable battery for charging your devices on the go. Plus, i’s lightweight and has expandable zippers that will be able to accommodate all of your holiday gifts! You can get 30% off by entering the code “Fox30” at checkout.
Tip 2: Invest in Packing Cubes
I had never considered using packing cubes until I became a mother and realized that organization and efficiency is crucial when you’re packing everything under the sun for a little one! These days, I don’t travel without them because they keep me so organized and ensure that every inch of my suitcase is being put to good use. You can get 30% off by entering the code “Fox30” at checkout.
eBags Compression Packing Cubes
$34.99 for set of 2; Ebags.com
Tip 3: Ditch Liquids
Listerine READY! Tabs
$3 for 8 pack, $5 for 16-pack; drugstores
Love mouthwash but fear that it’s going to explode and get all of the contents in your bag wet and sticky? These genius tabs replace liquid mouthwash and toothpaste and make your mouth feel minty fresh for up to 4 hours. Just chew, swish, and swallow and your mouth will smell and feel minty fresh.
Tip 4: Pack Healthy Snacks
Wonderful Halos & No Shell Pistachios
There’s nothing worse than being hungry when you’re at the airport. Instead of paying lots of money for unhealthy and not-so-tasty food, pack your own snacks. These mandarins are great because they’re sweet, portable, and easy-to-peel. If you’re in the mood for something salty, Wonderful Pistachios No Shell are perfect because they’re ready-to-eat and full of protein and fiber.
Tip 5: Keep Germs at Bay
Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizing Wipes and Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer
Kids and babies (especially my curious son!) touch everything—the floor, dirty tables, gross garbage. To keep your kids healthy during flu season, keep these individually-wrapped hand sanitizing wipes handy. This alcohol-free foam is also great when you don’t have time to wash your hands with soap and water.
Tip 6: Keep Kids Entertained
Flights and car rides can be a source of stress for little kids. This lovey gives anxious and bored kids something to cuddle with and play with when they’re far away form home. They pack completely flat and come with a board book to teach stress relief.
Tip 7: Cherish the Memories
Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer
The best part of traveling is taking pics that you can reflect back on! This fun camera is a great alternative to your smartphone, and this portable printer lets you print all of your favorite holiday and travel pics on the go!