During our Escapes month on Ohdeedoh, we are posting great photos and tips for traveling with children from our readers. Please check here for all the details. The first twenty submissions posted will receive the official AT bib. Hope to hear from you soon.
As far as we're concerned, Kristen had the right idea on her recent trip to Sullivan's Island: she relaxed under an umbrella with a book while the men in her life -husband Kevin, sons Caleb and Joshua and nephew Ashton - "found gainful employment in digging a hole for several hours."
The location where the photo was taken:
Sullivan's Island (near Charleston), South Carolina
Your favorite baby or child-friendly activity there:
Our favorite activity was of course playing at the beach. However, my sister brought a large tent-canopy that they bought at Target and it proved invaluable. We stayed out there all day and my large extended family could fit under it. Sullivan's Island is an ideal place for a family because there is a long, long sandbar. (It's at least a half-mile long.) This means there are no waves and that the babies can walk in the water for a long time before it gets to deep for them to stand.
Your best tip or words of wisdom for traveling with kids:
My best tip or words of wisdom for traveling with kids applies to summertime travel. Take sun-protective clothing and hats so that sunscreen application is not such an ordeal. Many bathing suits and t-shirts have a UPF rating. When reapplying I only have to get their extremities and that means more time playing. My boys also love their sunglasses. (BabyBanz work best for the under 2 set, I think.)
Your favorite way to make it feel like home:
We keep the same schedule as at home. Of course, there is some flexibility, but I try to keep nap time and bedtime consistent. A well-rested baby is a happy baby. And I like to bring the same snacks that the boys eat home on the road. For my 2 year old that means granola bars, and for the baby: black beans.
An item you MUST take with you when traveling:
My camera and a sketchbook.