Before I got married, I don’t remember putting much thought into cooking. I spent my early 20s with roommates, and
Disneyland is a splurge, no matter how you do it. With daily tickets averaging around $104 (for a Tuesday in May) and $164 (for a summer Saturday), plus a $30 parking fee, and a $60 upgrade if you plan on hopping over to California Adventure as well, you’re bound to make a dent in the piggy bank regardless of how well you prepare. However, once you’re in the park, there are definitely ways to save, or splurge, depending on how much pocket-money you brought along.
For being so little, babies and toddlers sure need a lot of stuff! The sheer amount of things I needed to pack when we first started traveling with a little one felt so overwhelming; but over time, I’ve learned that instead of trying to bring all the things, simply having a few of the right things can really make a big difference. In this product guide, I’ve got you covered with family travel gear recommendations to help make your time away from home easier.
Every year we take long road trips, usually at least once to a beach and often somewhere else. I also love going on day trips to explore fun places closer to home. I try to prepare as many fun things for my kids to do as independently as possible, so that I can focus on driving, navigating or just so I just don’t have to hear “Are we there yet?” over and over. Here are some of the best ways I’ve found to keep kids of all ages entertained on long car rides…
No matter how old we are, it is so helpful to realize that feelings like frustration, overwhelm, incompetency, and fear are valid and normal. One way we can help our kids learn how to work through struggles is to let them see and hear us work through our own. If your home is anything like mine, you’ll have opportunities to model moving through frustration, overwhelm, incompetency and fear multiple times every day.
When my husband and I took a 19-hour road trip to Disney World when our oldest was seven months old, we quickly learned that the days of packing light and lying by the pool were over. We came home from that vacation cranky, tired and feeling like we needed a vacation. (That’s a sentence that might only make sense to parents who’ve traveled with children!) That vacation didn’t deter us from taking others, though, and as we’ve added two more kids to our family we continue to love traveling. The memories we make are well worth the stressful situations and over the years, through trial and error, I have learned how to stay sane and have fun while traveling with kids!