Summer travel tips for parents

Keeping everyone happy and entertained on a trip can be tough, but here are some parenting tips to make the trip as fun as the destination.

MINNEAPOLIS — Many of us can’t wait to hit the road planning a summer vacation for the whole family.

Some first-time parents may not know what to pack and prepare because kids come with a lot of baggage…literally.

KARE 11’s Alicia Lewis has reached out to you, our Sunrisers, who’ve been through the headaches that come with traveling with your kids, for some much-needed advice.

She received hundreds of comments and she narrowed it down to her 5 favorite tips:

  1. Hit the dollar store for cheap distractions

Soren says, “Hop the dollar store for cheap toys. Introduce them one at a time, and when they get bored, give them a new one. Cheap and effective.”

Others added that if these toys get lost, it’s not the end of the world.

2. Splurge for a house rental

Many of our viewers, like Scott, said having everyone in one room was a challenge. If you can, avoid all hotels and look for an Airbnb or VRBO rental. They may cost a little more, but will help.

3. If you are in a hotel, try to create a quiet space for young children

Andi says, “Place the pack-n-play near the closet, bring along a tension rod and blackout curtain to create a partition, and place a sound machine nearby to separate them from distractions in the room.”

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Daniel says you can actually call the hotel ahead and ask if you can have things delivered to the hotel that you don’t want to take with you, or ready for collection when you arrive at your destination.

5. Have snacks and LOTS of them

Matt says “Grab ALL THE SNACKS” and keeping the kids busy on the iPad with downloaded movies is a great distraction for road trips and air travel.

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