It’s officially November–Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up fast and it’s the time of year when many of us find ourselves traveling to see loved ones! In the last five years of marriage, we’ve traveled a ton. Oftentimes because we were moving and less often for vacation, which is unfortunate. But–such is the life of a young married couple.
Still, even after our oldest son was born and my husband graduated, the traveling didn’t stop because: visiting family, holidays, events, and vacations. But I’m not complaining because, let’s face it: that kind of travel is way more fun than moving! 🙂
One of the benefits of all this travel is I have the opportunity to help others by passing on what I’ve learned so far. In this post, I’m sharing how we try to help our kids get a restful night of sleep while traveling.
Bedtime Routine While Traveling With Kids
- Probably the MOST important thing to help our kids have a good night’s rest while traveling is to do our best to keep the travel bedtime routine as much like the home bedtime routine as possible. We try to do the all of the same things in the same order as we would at home. Bath, pajamas, brush teeth, read a book, get kids in bed, tuck them in, turn off lights, say prayers, sing songs, and put on white noise.
- Start your bedtime routine at the same time that you would at home. This is much easier said than done. When traveling, the kids get excited about being in a new place! They don’t want to go to sleep because they don’t want to miss anything. Sometimes when you’re traveling for an event, the schedule or plans aren’t always within your control. Recently we went to my sister-in-law’s wedding. It was her special weekend and because of that, we wanted to be present whenever we could, which meant later bedtimes for the kids than at home. It’s not always in your control, but when it is, try to keep the same bedtime while traveling as you would at home.
- Make sure they have a comfy place to sleep. Each of our boys has a DockATot Grand and they absolutely love them! We also have the On The Go Grand Transport Bag, which makes it easy for us to carry them while traveling and even to store them when they aren’t being used at home. Our kids easily fall asleep in the DockATot and are comfortable through the night and they’re great for naps too. We were so glad to have the DockATot for the wedding I mentioned earlier. Plus, we use it on a daily basis at home. Get $10 off all Docks at DockATot!
- Pack the right blanket. And don’t just pack any blanket, pack the best one for your little and for the weather where you’re going. If your child has a favorite or special blanket, purchase two of them. That way, you always have an extra one on hand just in case one of them gets lost.
- Pack their favorite pajamas. When I’m packing pajamas for a trip, I always try to pack my kid’s favorites. I think it makes them feel more comfortable and a little more at-home wherever we are. Plus, they tend to get more excited about bedtime when they see that I’ve packed their favorite pajamas. Their newest favorites are the matching pajamas from Finn + Emma that they’re wearing in the picture below. These pajamas are organic, adorable, and so soft!
Traveling with kids is so much fun but it can definitely be a challenge for us as parents. I hope that something I’ve shared about our experiences will help you as you plan to travel as a family!
Do you have any tips of your own for handling bedtime routines while traveling? Share them in the comments, please! And don’t forget to pin this for later.