Traveling with Children: Making Hotels Feel More Like Home

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Making your hotel room feel more like home isn't as important for adults, but to have a good travel experience with your kids it's a must. Long flights or drives, time changes, and just the excitement of being out of their normal routine can make sleeping in a new place challenging for little ones. When my family traveled from the east coast of the U.S. to Australia, here are some things that helped my daughter (then two) to feel at home in our hotel. 

1. A familiar book - We always read before bedtime, so having a familiar book and sticking with our bedtime routine was a life saver. (I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen)

2. A blanket/lovey - If your little one uses one of these, it can instantly help them feel secure in strange situations. For older kids, their own pillow can be helpful as well. (Ocean Confetti Blanket: Little Hip Squeaks)

3. A favorite snack - If you're flying to your destination, be aware of airline rules, but many snacks are allowed through security and on planes. If you're driving, the sky's the limit so long as it won't spoil on the drive. (Kids Konserve Nesting Trio: NaturalKidz)

4. A friend to snuggle - We brought my daughter's stuffed bunny rabbit, which she was inseparable from at the time. She was a little nervous when he went through security, but otherwise he gave her someone familiar to snuggle with in her travel crib. (Wooly the Sheep: BlaBla Kids)

5/6. Bath Accessories - To keep bath time fun, bring along a small bath toy or two and some bubble bath in a travel-sized container. (Odd Ducks: Boon/Bubble Bath: Burt's Bees)

7. Technology - Play their favorite morning cartoons, listen to familiar music, read books, play games, or use white noise to drown out noise with your phone or tablet. (iPad Mini: Apple

8. Fun activities - If you're stuck at the hotel in between flights like we were, activities to entertain are a must. I love Color Wonder markers for travel because I don't have to worry about the kids making a mess on the hotel furniture. (Color Wonder Travel Tote: Amazon

See? Happy Girl:

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(Images: 1. Product images as linked; composite by Lauren Hufnagl 2. Lauren Hufnagl)

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Lauren is a writer, DIYer, and Etsy addict living with her family in her tiny work-in-progress home in Pennsylvania. When not blogging, she can usually be found chasing around one very spirited little three-year-old and snuggling her new baby girl.