Munchkin & Brica ~ Tips For Traveling With Children

 

Thank you to Munchkin for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for this honest blog review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

On our last big family vacation over 7 years ago, we only had two children.  They were only about 2 1/2 and 6 months but they were the only kids in our party of 12.  So that meant we had a lot of adult hands for our two littles.  This time around, we’re traveling with 17 people BUT 9 will be kids!  As parents to five of those young kiddos, we’re putting everything we’ve learned into practice.  Here are some of our top travel tips:

Travel Tips ~ 8 Tips For Traveling With Children

  1.  Each Child Carries Their Own Backpack:  This frees up both my husband and myself from lugging all of the kids’ stuff ourselves.
  2.   Snacks:  Each child’s backpack will contain a couple snacks that are easy to eat and not too messy.  Some of our go-to choices are Cheerios, Graham Crackers, and Gold Fish.
  3.   Pack Each Backpack 2 – 3 Weeks Before The Trip:  By getting their bags packed and set aside a couple weeks in advance, their old toys are now new again when we leave!
  4.   Include A Couple New Dollar Store Toys:  I always hit up the dollar section of Target and get each child one or two brand new items that I sneak into their bags.
  5.   Bring A Small Blanket:  None of our five kiddos have ever become very attached to a particular blanket but I still pack a muslin swaddle with each one in their bag.  It’s the perfect lightweight accessory for car rides or on a plane as they can cover without getting over-heated.
  6.   Keep It Simple:  When traveling with children in tow, we try not to schedule too many things.  We may include a couple excursions or restaurant reservations but the rest of the time is unscheduled so we can go at their pace.
  7.   Take Time To Smell The Roses:  Adults tend to rush around trying to cram everything in.  Take a few moments and just watch how children enjoy everything.  They check out the sky, birds, and even bugs and flowers.  Take time to treasure those small things instead of rushing to the next big attraction.
  8.   Attitude Is (Almost) Everything:  Children tend to feed off of the attitudes around them.  If others can make the best of any situation, children tend to go with the flow.  Stay upbeat and commit to enjoying time together.

Brica Travel Line by Munchkin (Harness Safety Backpack, Stroller Caddy, Diaper Changing Bag

Munchkin sent us some products from their Brica Travel Line to help our vacation go extra smooth.  With a toddler in tow this vacation, I know these products will come in handy.  The By-My-Side Safety Harness Backpack is an adorable toddler-sized backpack that offers fitted wear.  I love the fact that the included harness strap attaches to the bottom of the bag and can be removed when not needed.  So when strolling around Disney, I’ll feel completely safe putting our little one down and allowing her to toddle around a bit since she won’t be able to get more than an arms length away.  The bag feels well made and the design is cute.

Travel Tips ~ 8 Tips For Traveling With Children ~ Brica Travel Line by Munchkin (Harness Safety Backpack, Stroller Caddy, Diaper Changing Bag

The stroller we will be traveling with does not have storage on top so the Brica Stroller Organizer will come in handy.  It simply attaches to the stroller with hook and loop closure.  There is a special compartment for a cell phone and two bottle pockets as well as a covered interior pocket.  It’s even designed with an extra flip down pouch for even more storage!  So easy to use, move, and travel with and I know it will come in handy.  Plus, the easy access wipes compartment is simply genius!

Travel Tips ~ 8 Tips For Traveling With Children ~ Brica Travel Line by Munchkin (Harness Safety Backpack, Stroller Caddy, Diaper Changing Bag

Finally, we have the GoPad Diaper Changer.  This handy little organizer can be clipped onto the side of the stroller or tossed underneath.  It conveniently holds diapers, wet ones, disposable bags, and has room to spare in case we need any creams.  I love that it’s designed with a flip out changing pad so we will be able to change her any time, any where.  The sleek design takes up very little space which is also really nice.

Travel Tips ~ 8 Tips For Traveling With Children ~ Brica Travel Line by Munchkin (Harness Safety Backpack, Stroller Caddy, Diaper Changing Bag

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Miranda
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I’m a city girl turned country by my awesome husband and we have three busy boys and two darling daughters. I love spending time with my family, reading Karen Kingsbury novels, and catching up with friends while our kiddos have play dates. I’m blessed beyond measure and can’t wait to see what God has in store.
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This post currently has 19 responses.

  • Deb E

    Wow, I really love the By-My-Side Safety Harness Backpack. I’ve never seen a backpack for a toddler but it makes total sense. I was surprised to see how many moms did not like the idea of the “leash” but I would totally want it, especially in a place like Disneyland.

  • Sarah L

    It was crazy enough with just 2 kids. I can’t imagine doing it with 5. Some fun things to travel with.

  • Deborah D

    It sound like Brica really did their research and knows exactly what parents need for trips.

  • Janet W.

    The dollar store toys is a great idea! It’s always a good idea to introduce something new to the kids to keep their attention! Great tips!

  • Laurie P

    Great line of products……LOVE the stroller organizer!!

  • Amy Z.

    These would be great to bring on trips! The diaper changer sounds like a product that would save us space and hassle.

  • Katy

    We travel a lot with our toddler daughter and these are great trips. She carries her own backpack with snacks. I love the idea of packing it up a few weeks in advance and setting it aside so some of her older toys are new again. A new book and crayons and a pad or coloring book are always great. I also like to include a new snack or a treat that she loves that we don’t keep around. It can calm her almost instantly on an airplane or on a long road trip.

  • Amber Ludwig

    Love the packing toys a few weeks in advance so they seem like new again idea!! Ive never though of that but how genius!! We are taking our first family vacation in May and I will be needing these ideas!!

  • Dandi D

    I wish we could go on vacation as a family some day.

  • Renee Smith

    I love that “by my side” toddler backpack with the lease. I don’t think my little one would wander too far, but I wouldn’t want to chance it, especially in an airport or place like Disney.

  • They have some really nice products. I like their Nursery Projector & Sound System. Would be nice to get for my granddaughter.

  • gala

    I agree with all your tips. We are traveling with our kids from their birthday, we traveled domestically and abroad it’s doable but you NEED to be prepared

  • Lauryn R

    These are all great tips for traveling with kids! I have a 6, 3, and 1 year old and sometimes even leaving for the day can be quite the excursion! 😉 I love all of the travel accessories you were sent! I am going to have to get my youngest the By-My-Side Safety Harness Backpack, this would really come I’m handy!

  • Lisa W

    I love the each kid carrys theyre own snacks and packing a few weeks early. You seem like a pro.lol

  • kathy downey

    Thanks for all the great tips,its great the kids have their own packs with snacks

  • Darlene W

    Great tips thank you, we hope to take the grandkids next year to Disney

  • Desiree Glaze

    These are great tips. #7 is my favorite because it seems the best moments happen then!

  • Deborah Cochran

    You are so much more organized than I am! I love the tip where you say to keep it simple. I tend to overthink things and pack way more than I really need to.

  • Lynne B

    I have used many if not all of your suggestions when we traveled when our kids were young. They each had their own backpack, with their own stuff. We always had snacks. We definitely never over- planned our days. That’s just asking for a meltdown.

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