Traveling with Kids? Helpful Tips to Ease the Stress!


Traveling with kids, traveling to the other side of the world – what’s the difference? Packing the suitcases, appeasing grumpy passengers and TRYING to keep a schedule all take a lot of effort and coordination. But fear not, Armed Forces Vacation Club is here to help! Here are a few ideas to ensure a great travel experience.

Be strategic with time

Especially with young children, it could benefit you greatly to try and plan your travel time around their nap schedule. Traveling during a scheduled nap can help fill some time and give you the best chance at arriving with a happy camper!

Create a car playlist

Before you get in the car, create a special play list just for your drive. Try to fill it with a few of each child’s favorite songs. You could even bring a few books on CD!

 Have special travel toys

Try to reserve a few special toys that can live only in the car. The excitement of playing with a favorite toy can help the time move quickly. You can even take it one step further and buy a new toy for the trip – even something small can be a big hit

 Photograph it!

Give your kids a disposable camera to take photos of different things they see on the drive. This can help keep them engaged while driving, and provide a souvenir from the trip

For additional tips, check out AFVC’s 10 Tips For Traveling With Kids.

Safe travels and great adventures!

P.S. Don’t forget that Armed Forces Vacation Club offers free membership for all active duty, guard, reserve and retired members of the Armed Forces, as well as civilian employees of the DOD. Join today!