We've done lots of traveling in our eight years of parenting, and the number of children in our family just keeps growing! (although we are halted, for now at least!) I know that many people are intimidated to travel with their children, and believe me, I get that. It definitely is LOTS of work but with plenty of preparation and a good frame of mind, you can make it work and enjoy time as a family away from home! Here are some of my tips:
1.) Start making lists at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
We have flown with a couple of times with our kids (once from Texas to Australia! Hi, Aussies!), plus tons of road trips at each stage of our family. If you have the idea that you can show up at the airport 45 minutes before your flight as you may have done as a no-child family, you will start off your trip harried and stressed. Plan on arriving with at least 2 hours to spare so you can take your time checking in and checking baggage, going through security, taking potty breaks, and having a snack. Remember that e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. takes longer with little ones around! For driving trips, plan on stopping every 2-3 hours, depending on how old your kids are and how long they can go without using the restroom.