The holiday season is always such a busy time of year. It is filled with end of year recitals, Christmas parties, celebrations, and more! But for us, there is always one more thing that is a big part of it- holiday travel.
We don’t have any family local to us, so every holiday, we get to pack up our suitcases, load up the kiddos, and head to the grandparents. Fortunately, Jim’s family lives about two hours away from us, but my parents are a short 18 hour drive away….which means when it is time to visit them, we get to fly!
Of course, that still means a 1.5 hour drive to the airport, at least an hour of waiting in the airport, and then a 2.5 hour flight to Phoenix.
Over the years though, I’ve learned a few tried and true tricks that make traveling with our kiddos a relative breeze.
#1 Don’t Fear Screen Time
Sure, we didn’t have techonology to entertain us during holiday travel when we were kids, but we do now. So by all means- USE IT.
We’ve had to ban any iPad usage in the car for Abigail, because it can make her sick to her stomach. But on the airplane and in the airport? Go for it girlfriend! I always download a movie or show or two from Netflix so that she has options to watch in case the airplane ends up not having WiFi. If there is though? hooray for Disney Jr. that she never gets to watch at home! Exciting!
#2 Bring A Few Special Toys
Abigail always brings a backpack filled with a few(light weight!) extras. Seahorse ALWAYS comes with us, but she may also choose to add some little ponies, princesses with clip on dresses, or a small book for stickers.
My tried and true traveling snack is always Goldfish crackers. They’re easy to transport, don’t make a huge mess, and Abigail loves them. She always has!
Goldfish crackers are always baked with real cheese and have absolutely no artificial flavors or preservatives. All of their colors are sourced from plants, like annatto that is extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Trees!
I’m so glad to have a snack like Goldfish crackers because I can always feel good about serving them to my kids! They’re easy to keep on hand, no mess, no fuss, and absolutely delicious!
We also put together a short little video to share how Abigail loves to travel with our very favorite snack cracker! You can check it out below 🙂
If you are interested in finding out more about Goldfish snack crackers and their colors, check out their website HERE!
Additionally, you can head to the Goldfish crackers Pinterest page for all sorts of holiday activity, craft and mix ideas to create those Goldfish moments together as a family!
How do you survive holiday travel with and foster those smile-worthy moments with your kids during this busy time of year?