Travel Tips & Tricks with Park Savers

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I'm that person that is totally planning a vacation while I'm on vacation. Josh and I love to travel and wish we had the budget to allow us to do it more often and to more exotic locations. We aim for, at the very least, one trip a year depending on our budget but typically we end up saving enough to be able to go on 2-3 annually. This includes small getaways here and there just to get out and away, even if it's just for a weekend. 

Traveling helps my heart. It brings back that spontaneity that I lost a bit of when I became a mom. It helps me reconnect with my family and enjoy those memories in the making. 

Of course traveling has gotten loads more expensive since having kids but it just makes it that much more worth it to save up and take them along. To be able to experience it all through their wide and curious eyes is something so unforgettable. 

Thankfully there are some great options for traveling on a budget! One of our all time favorite getaways is Disneyland. Disney was my childhood when we lived in Southern California and it will always have my heart. Josh and I will always take our babies there and thankfully Park Savers has so many great deals and savings that helped us plan Finley's first visit to the happiest place on earth without breaking the bank! 

We are getting more and more excited as the days are being counted down until our trip. Copeland, being the best big brother ever, keeps telling us how he's going to show Finley the ins and outs of Disneyland. It's seriously the cutest! He's loved Mickey Mouse since he was about a year old. 

When we go on a big vacation like Disneyland I really love to talk it up to Copeland and even Josh (I'm sure he's SO sick of me asking "how excited are you". I just like to build that excitement up and plan a little something special for him (Copeland). 

This time I decided to make an airplane bag full of fun things to keep him busy on the plane and to also get that magic started in his heart. The night before our flight I gave him his backpack full of all these goodies. He was so excited and kept saying "Wow. I can't beweeve I got my own bag sore the airpane!" haha. He loved it and I love it because if he's busy on the plane that means I can easily care for Finn, our stubborn little turd. I can honestly say I was terrified for the hour and a half flight with Finn. Since he's been crawling and really working on walking he's not one for just sitting around and playing with a toy. He wants to be up and moving. 

But I'm going to give you my best advice for traveling with the little ones.

Let's start with the airplane bag and what I packed inside. 

1. Window Clings  (you can also get these at Target for $1!)

2. Magic Marker Book

3. Fruit Snacks

4. Apple Sauce

5. Small Toy

6. Dry Erase Board 

and when all else fails... bring out the iPad! haha

Some extra tips and tricks for smooth sailing or in our case flying ;)

1. Bring a wrap or baby sling. Seriously you guys these are life savers! Packing your luggage/carry-ons around the airport while trying to wrangle a toddler is hard enough. Add in a finicky baby and my stress levels are through the roof! A sling or wrap keeps the little one feeling secure while being so close to you but gives you the ease of having that extra hand. Not to mention takes a lot of pressure of your back. 

2. Make an airplane bag like I did for Copeland. Copeland loves watching out the window at the plane taking off and landing but it's that time in between that he can start to get restless. These homemade fun packs are just handy for if your toddler decides to throw a fit (been there) and will keep him busy. 

3. Bring snacks! I didn't know this for the longest time but you can totally take snacks past TSA for your children. It's so helpful to have their favorites on hand. Just make sure you let TSA know. They'll want to look at and make sure everything you're bringing in is sealed and unopened. Our favorite snacks are applesauce/fruit pouches, yogurt drops, fruit snacks, and crustables. 

4. I'm sure a lot of you mamas know this but If you're nursing/bottle feeding. Feed your baby during take off and landing. The sucking really helps little ones ears and usually they will fall asleep.

5. Try not stress. I notice when I ten to get anxious or stressed out my babies totally play off of that. If mommy is happy usually everyone is happy! 

And have the best trip ever! 

Thank you again to our sponsor Park Savers! 

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