If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I absolutely love to travel. I really enjoy traveling by myself and for this blog, but even more than that I enjoy traveling with my family. As a single Mom, I have always had so much fun hitting the open road with my son for our next adventure. This summer I have enjoyed doing a bit of traveling with my teenage nieces. For me, traveling with kids makes the trip much more fun.
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While doing summer travel with kids is certainly a whole lot of fun, it requires a little more planning than traveling solo. There are a few things I like to do to make the trip more enjoyable for everyone. Here are a few of my tips for traveling with kids:
Plan, Plan, Plan. In my experience, a successful vacation is one that has been well planned out. It’s important to do your homework when planning a trip. In addition to asking friends, I like to gather information from a variety of sources, including: family travel blogs, sites like Trip Advisor for hotel and restaurant reviews, travel apps, Visitors Bureaus, and the library.
Let the kids be a part of the planning process. You might even consider letting older children help choose the destination for your next vacation. Kids are likely to have more fun if they have been instrumental in helping to make decisions and choosing activities. Letting them know about a trip in advance will also give you a chance to visit the library to check out books about the place you are visiting. My son always seemed to enjoy travel a lot more when he had a hand in making decision about out trip.
Pack healthy snacks. Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car there is something about travel that always seems to make people hungry. It’s a good idea to have some healthy snacks on hand.
Create a special treat bag for each child and don’t let them see what’s in it, until you’re on the road. Look for unusual treats and snacks that the kids don’t normally eat at home. If necessary, these treat bags can always be used as bribery. Be sure to bring a roll of paper towels and plenty of wipes.
Let your child help pack their bag. This is with help of course, but letting your child pack their own bag will teach them to make the most of precious suitcase space and give them a sense of ownership. You might even want to start by making a list of what to include.
Be sure to bring along any special toys, blankets or pillows that will keep your child feeling comfortable and safe while traveling.
Provide plenty of entertainment. If traveling by car, be prepared with some fun road trip games like counting cows or license plate lingo. Tell stories and sing silly songs. Purchase each child a disposable camera. They can take pictures on the road and make a vacation scrap book when you return home.
Whether you are traveling by car or by plane, you’ll want to have a variety of entertainment for the kids. There’s always hand held games, portable DVD players, tablets, iPods and iPads to keep kids entertained.
Plenty of entertainment is key to a successful vacation, so if you’re thinking you’d like to bring a few family favorite movies along on your next trip, Disney has a brand new app that your family is going to LOVE! The Disney Movies Anywhere app makes it so simple for your family to enjoy their beloved Disney, Pixar, and Marvels flicks from anywhere on the globe – whether you have wifi or not — from any of your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and Apple TV). It really makes summer travel a breeze!
About the Disney Movies Anywhere App
All you have to do is download the app, sign up for Disney Movies Anywhere, and connect your iTunes account! Then you can access streaming versions of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies when online at home or in your hotel and download them to your device for offline viewing in the car, on the plane or even while camping – ANYWHERE! You can enter in codes from your previous Disney DVD/Blu-ray purchases, or download straight from iTunes.
Your Disney library is now everywhere you are, anywhere you are, and instantly accessible with or without an internet connection on any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and Apple TV).
Access exclusive Disney content for free, including original programming, never-before-seen videos, and more. The Discover section at Disney Movies Anywhere includes special, exclusive streamable content, available at no charge for members. You can access things like previews of new films, behind-the scenes footage, music videos, classic shorts from the Disney Archives, and so much more.
Are you collecting Disney Movie Rewards? You’ll earn points for every digital transaction too!
If you are like me and like to be one of the first to own Disney movies, you can use Disney Movies Anywhere app to pre-order movies that are currently in theaters or returning from the Disney vault.
Now is the perfect time to download the Disney Movies Anywhere App! To celebrate the launch, a new Pixar movie will be released each week at the special price of $14.99 (regularly $19.99) for a limited time.
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My family is loving the Disney Movies Anywhere app. It’s nice having all of our favorite Disney, Pixel and Marvel movies all in one place and it’s such a great summer boredom buster. This app is sure to be going with us on the rest of our summer travels.
What’s the first movie you will download with this app?
This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Disney Movies Anywhere blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.
Petra Jadan says
Great app. IS very dfficult to travel with kids. We took a road trip to Michigan and it usually is a 12hour drive and because we stopped so much because kids wanted to either rest or use the restrooms we make it in about 18 hours.