Let’s face it—travel during the holiday season is never easy, but adding traffic jams, flight delays, disgruntled passengers and fussy kids can make it downright unbearable. Notoya Green, parenting expert and Essence.com contributor (and mom of triplets!) has compiled a holiday list of useful tips and products that will help you keep your sanity, whether you’re traveling alone or with family. Some of those tips include:
Arrange for an in-flight nanny. Nanny in the Clouds is a service that for $10 will connect parents to another flyer willing to act as nanny for the flight and help keep your kids occupied. This can be a lifesaver for a mom or dad traveling alone with more than one child.
Gift wisely. Whether you’re traveling with a carload of kids or you’re flying alone, hauling gifts takes up a lot of space. To save space (and time), purchase small gifts and gift cards that can easily be packed in your suitcase without taking up too much room.
Ship to your destination. If you can’t get around purchasing larger gifts, ship them to your hotel or a relative’s home so you can save space in your car or luggage. When traveling with kids, also consider shipping arts and crafts and other activities, especially if you will be away from home for a longer period of time.
Take advantage of technology. With so many apps available nowadays, you can find apps to help you do anything from avoiding traffic delays to finding games for your kids to play on an electronic device.
Get creative. Create “surprise goody bags” to hand out to the kids when the complaints begin. These bags can be filled with puzzles, small toys, candy, stickers, or anything else to keep them occupied. You don’t have to break the bank either—you can get these items at your local dollar store or convenience store.
Notoya Green is truly an expert on all family matters, from her professional experience as a family law attorney to her personal life as mother to two-and-a-half-year-old triplets. She has worked in family law and at the Administration For Children’s Services (“ACS”.) Upon the birth of her triplets in September of 2010, Notoya put her law career on hold to become a stay-at-home mom and care full-time for her children. She now shares her experiences as a contributor for Essence.com and on her blog at www.tripletsintribeca.com.