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Posted on May 25, 2016

21 Indispensable Tips And Tricks For Traveling With Kids

Hitting the road doesn't have to be so hard.

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1. Save space when packing by rolling your kid's outfits instead of folding them.

Added bonus: You won't have to worry about picking out outfits for your kid each day. Learn more at Noise Covered In Dirt.

2. You can also avoid lugging so many changes of clothes by packing the world’s smallest washing machine.

Now you can clean your kid's dirty clothes on the road. Order a Scrubba Wash Bag here for $55.

3. Before you leave, research roadside attractions along your journey — then plan to stop at a few.

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This will not only break up the monotony of a long drive but also give your kids something fun to look forward to — like seeing California's Cabazon Dinosaurs.

4. You can also write times on sticky notes to add some fun to the journey.

When the clock reaches the time on the sticky note, pull it down and give your kid something fun, like an activity kit, trinket, or piece of gum. Learn more about this at Neat Nest Organizing.

5. Don't forget to bring a nightlight if your kid is used to one — this travel nightlight even charges your phone!

Kids can be nervous sleeping somewhere unfamiliar, but this will help. Get it here for $10.99.

6. Use clothespins to keep your kid's toothbrush from touching dirty counters while on the road.

7. Bring a checklist of your kid's prized possessions to check off before you leave the hotel.

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This way you won't have to turn around and drive 64 miles back to the hotel because you forgot a stuffed animal in your rush to make checkout.

8. Attach a sippy cup to your kid's car seat so you won't have to turn around and pick it up every single time they drop it.

Learn how to "lasso" a sippy cup to a car seat — plus find other road-trip hacks — at We Have Aars.

9. Order a car organizer to keep your kid's things at the ready on a road trip.

You can order these custom-made ones here for $25 each, or DIY one out of a shoe organizer.

10. DIY this Lego kit that keeps kids entertained with only a handful of bricks.

Find the tutorial — plus 24 free printable activity cards — at Fun at Home With Kids.

11. Keep kids with food allergies safe by bringing a travel medical kit — and taking other precautions.

Visit Kids on a Plane to find terrific tips for traveling safely with kids who have food allergies.

12. Never worry about where your kids are going to sleep again.

No more dealing with roll-away beds or hoping your kids can sleep comfortably on your Aunt Marnie's couch. Order one here.

13. Ease a kid's worries about flying by letting them keep track of their journey in this junior flyer logbook.

The book is also full of interesting information about flying. Order one here.

14. Flying with a baby? Get your fellow passengers on your side by handing out notes with earplugs or candies.

15. You should also bring a change of clothes for your baby AND yourself on a flight.

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This way if your baby spits up on your shirt you don't have to wear it the rest of the flight.

16. DIY a shape sorter to keep your toddler busy on the plane.

These are more portable than normal shape sorters, and can be left behind if you run out of luggage space at the end of your trip. Learn how to make one here.

17. Help your kid catch some shut-eye in the air by building a sleep tent.

18. Keep your kid entertained by letting them play with some dollar-store gel clings on the window.

If you don't have a window seat they can play with the gel clings on the tray table in front of them.

19. You can also keep a kid happy on a flight (or long car ride) by giving them a variety of treats in a bead tray.

When it's time to land, just put the top back on and pack it away.

20. You're probably going to be eating out a lot more than usual, so it's a good idea to bring a restaurant kit.

Even well-behaved kids can lose it at their fifth restaurant in as many days. Learn how to make one at Blue i Style.

21. Bring a diaper backpack instead of a diaper bag.

These travel easier and carry more items than a typical diaper bag. Order the one above — which comes with two insulated bottle pockets — here for $44.99.

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