The Joys and Challenges of Traveling with Kids


If you’re reading this, it means we made it.

Thursday night I took the red-eye out to visit my in-laws in the East Coast. It was my first time traveling with the two little ones by MYSELF. My older boys had already flown out last week and my hubby will join us later on in the week.

I have to say, I was a little nervous. The idea of having to get through security with bags, strollers and children was daunting. So I prepared. I packed toys, coloring books and crayons. Snacks and drinks. Stuffed animals and pajamas.

And yet, much to my surprise, even before getting any of that out; they were SO good. OK, so my little “dude” was running around like a maniac for a bit BUT my sweet girl was a great helper. And overall they did great.

Then the challenge was trying to keep them entertained until the place took off but that went OK too. I didn’t get much sleep on the plane but they got a few hours and we thankfully arrived safely.

Once we arrived in PA, we headed straight to upstate NY to visit my husband’s aunt and uncle. That would be another few hours in the car but the kiddos slept through it and me and my MIL chatted the time away.

It is a bit of a challenge to travel with kids. They’re on a different time zone, naps have not been happening as usual, and they are adapting to new surroundings.

But the flip side is getting to spend time with family. Getting loved on by grandparents and other family members. Enjoying dips in the pool, bonding with siblings and exploring new places!

And so even though I myself have been a bit tired at the end of the day because for some reason my kids want to be up at 6:30 am (yes, that’s 3:30 west coast time) I’m so incredibly blessed to be able to be here with my kiddos, seeing their faces as they experience new things and most importantly; making memories. It’s going to be a great trip. I can already tell.

More on our adventures next time!
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