So you’re feeling ready to travel? ME TOO. I’m preparing for a few trips in the coming months and while I am thrilled to be making pack lists, planning, shopping, etc. I am also present to the stress and anxiety that comes with traveling with Jack.
When Jack was an infant I remember how nervous I was for that first flight. It makes me laugh thinking how much simpler that was knowing what I know now about what it’s like traveling with a toddler. Traveling with an infant is little league compared to the major leagues of navigating an airport, flight, or road trip with a toddler. Can you relate?
You might be thinking ‘Try traveling with two kids! Three kids! Four kids!’ You’re right. It only gets more complex and planning and preparation are crucial. Don’t even get me started on all the
crap stuff you have to bring when you travel with your kids. We’ll save that for another blog!
Traveling with kids is not the same type of vacation as an adult-only trip. Honestly, you may not even call it a vacation at all. Oftentimes it’s more work traveling with your tiny humans than it is to just stay home.
However, some of the most significant moments in Jack’s little life have occurred while on vacation. The first time he rolled over, his first word, his first dip in the ocean, his first Christmas, and so many more special moments happened while we were away from home. It’s never easy getting him and all his gear to our destination, but it is always worth it.
What I’d really like to dig into is the mental and emotional preparation that I do before I travel. It’s the work I do to prepare my mental state so I can handle the inevitabilities of travelling with Jack no matter how perfect my planning may be. When I am in the right frame of mind, I can navigate anything. I am better for myself, my husband, and Jack.
Let’s get to it! My mindset prep list!
What else would you add to this list? Do you do any type of mental prep before you travel with your kids? I would love to hear what works for you and your little ones!
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