I recently had a road trip with my daughters. This is not the first time I have traveled with my girls by myself. I have gotten used to loading them up and hitting the road with them.
I even took a solo trip to California with Savvy back in May. Whenever I travel with the girls, I get questions from my mommy friends about how do I do it? I have a few friends who are pros at this and I definitely have followed their advice. If I’m being honest, I prefer to travel with my husband or with another adult. I like to have those extra hands and eyes when I’m out with my girls. I’ve only recently gotten comfortable with going to the store with them by my lonesome. Because let’s be honest, folks are cray and don’t nobody have time for that.
So here are a few pointers to keep in mind when traveling solo with the little humans.
Be aware of your surroundings. This seems like a no brainier but we millennial parents are very consumed with our gadgets. When I’m out with my kids I have to be hands free. I don’t have my phone out and I usually will not talk on the phone while I’m out with my kids. If I have a phone call to take it’s when I don’t have to physically keep a watchful eye on my children. It’s so easy to get distracted and lose a child. Or even worse, your child happens to open a box of cookies that you haven’t paid for while you were browsing social media.
Have a plan. Now planning with children is a challenge. It’s like waiting for paint to dry. I have two ACTIVE toddler girls. Before I leave the house I have a game plan for what I would like to happen. For example, I make sure my oldest gets in the car on the same side as the baby. It’s easier for me to strap in the baby and then get Syd together. Since I’m potty training as well, it's imperative that I ensure that I know where the nearest bathrooms are. This is a really fun task when traveling on the interstate and we have to maneuver through the rest stop areas (read: not even close to fun).
Have fun! Whatever you’re doing with your little humans, make sure that you’re enjoying the moment. Be present with them because they really do grow up quickly. My girls are still young but it seems like every day they are doing something new. Syd has picked up new words or Savvy has mastered how to climb up the refrigerator. I often fail to take pictures of our adventures due to being caught up in the moment with the girls. Plus taking their pictures is like trying to capture a ghost in a still shot. They are quick little boogers. Lol!
That’s all I have for you this week. Share with me your traveling tips when you are hanging with your kids.