With the holidays season there has been a lot of traveling back and forth via car, train and bus. I love to travel but with kids it can be challenging, stressful and hectic. Momtrends recently learned some fantastic tips from Residence Inn and their team of '??Resident Moms,'? a group of influential bloggers - not to mention some of our personal friends - on how to stress less and have the best holiday season with the kids in tow.
Here are the top 10 '??Residence Moms'? tips for stress-free travel:
Tip One: Soar on flights
Laurie McDermott (LA Examiner and LA Family) :
'??When we'??re flying, I go to the 99 cents store and I buy each kid 5 toys they have never seen before, and then when they get on the airplane they get to pick one out of the bag, and it/s exciting because they'??ve never seen it before and it keeps them busy. I also always wait until everyone gets on before getting on with my kids, so there'??s no extra wait time.'?
Tip Two: Get your children involved in the planning
Joyce Shulman (Macaroni Kid):
'??Involve your kids in as much of trip's planning as possible. Let each child choose at least one favorite, must do activity.'?
Tip Three: Rest your head in a comfortable bed
Laurie Cooper (Clueless Mama):
'??When traveling, the number one thing that appeals to me is a good night'??s sleep. Meaning that I need a comfortable bed to rest my head. It is one of my favorite things about my house, so I feel more at home when the bed measures up to what I'??m used to."
Tip Four: Room to relax (without the kids!)
Colleen Lanin (TravelMamas):
'??When I travel, I look for suites that have a door that closes between the bedroom and the other rooms so I don'??t have to go to bed at 7:30pm at night. It'??s also nice to have a balcony or patio, because then the kids can go to bed and my husband and I can sneak out and have a glass of wine and talk without having to whisper.'?
Tip Five: Compliment your stay with a complimentary breakfast
Sarah Chang (Stroller Ballet):
'??A complimentary hot breakfast is key when traveling with kids. Having organic food options or grocery delivery is great; apples, strawberries, and grapes are great for my daughter.'?
Tip Six: Full size fridge ahead
Shelby Barone (OC Mom):
'??We have to bring a lot of food for food allergies, so we always call ahead to see if there is a refrigerator and microwave in the room, which is helpful. It'??s nice when there is a full freezer and fridge.'?
Tip Seven: Choose hotels that are child-friendly
Carol Cain (NYCityMama):
'??Great hotel experiences I have had are where the staff acknowledges my children. I love it when they treat my children as guests as well.'?
Tip Eight: The inside scoop on where to go, eat, and visit
Andrea Fellman (SavvySassyMoms):
'??It'??s important to plan or find child friendly restaurants in the area. I have always thought that hotels should have sample itineraries when they know families are coming with some great places that other families have enjoyed '?? a great cupcake shop, restaurant suggestions for kids and for date nights '?? the gems of the city. To have it all on one cute little card would be great.'?
Tip Nine: Regroup and recharge in spacious lobbies
Chelsea Skaggs (SomedayI'??llLearn):
'??I love great seating areas in the hotel because when I'??m with my family I like to have our own space to regroup and chat for a few minutes.'?
Tip Ten: Quality first
Jill Seiman (Glamamom):
'??The most memorable trips we'??ve had, and the hotels we'??ve liked, are the ones that have offered good quality all around. Sure you want a nice room and stuff, but when the restaurant is awesome and there'??s a clubhouse where you can grab a great burger it makes all the difference. People like good food and it can make a trip. What differentiates hotels is the service.'?
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