Three Essentials for Traveling with Children

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Twizzlers twists and a grabber claw are among some of the necessary essentials that can aid in making traveling with children smoother and easier.

As I’ve mentioned a few months ago, the Marine Corps is moving us cross-country to California this Fall. That will be the longest trip we’ve ever made as a family. To be honest, I’m not really looking forward to it such a long trip. But, we have definitely come up with some essentials that make traveling with children easier, and these essentials will be a huge benefit to us on our long journey.

I thought I would share these essentials we’ve put together, as they can be a help to anyone needing to travel with children.

EXTRA CLOTHES BIN OR BAG

Putting extra clothes in a bin or bag might be a no-brainer, but oftentimes when we’re traveling, our clothes are packed away in suitcases or overnight bags. We don’t always plan for the inevitable mid-travel juice spill or rainy downpour, and then we find ourselves in need of spare clothes. But, there are none within reach. Hence, the clothes bin. It contains those extra changes of clothes without needing to do a car search.

This is a bin that stays in the car at all times. The wonderful thing about this is that it can be for everyday use as well. The following items are what you’ll want to have in your bin:

  • 2 seasonally appropriate outfit changes for each person
  • Extra pair of shoes for each person
  • 1 light-weight jacket for each person, in case the weather becomes chilly
  • Extra diapers and wipes, if traveling with young children
  • Plastic bags to hold any clothes that might get wet or dirty

GRABBER CLAW

This. This has been a lifesaver! Have you ever tried to safely pass snacks and drinks to your kids in the back seat? Yeah, it’s pretty much impossible. You almost always end up having to unbuckle to reach them or do the snack chucking method that, more often than not, results in someone getting a face full of said snack (or the van gobbles it up, if you know what I mean).

Aside from a custom built-in snack zipline (if only those existed), options for passing snacks to the back of the van are quite limited. That is, until now!

About a year ago, my husband and I were trying to figure out how we could successfully travel in the car and still keep the kids happy with their snacks and drinks. Suddenly, a light bulb went off! Why not a grabber claw?

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This thing extends far enough to reach to the back seat of our van, without me having to unbuckle or do anything unsafe. It can’t handle a lot of weight, but it certainly works for passing a snack or a drink. We are now able to safely travel and maintain peace in the car! This grabber claw will be a lifesaver for that long California trip, and it can work for you too!

TRAVEL-FRIENDLY SNACKS

What are travel-friendly snacks? Well, we do the MCS test. If they don’t melt, crumble, or smear, then they pass! One of the snacks that is perfect are the Twizzlers twists and Twizzlers pull ‘n peel. Pretty much, any Twizzlers candy will do! They don’t melt, which is a HUGE bonus! So, even if a stray Twizzlers candy gets lost for a month or two (come on, you know it happens), we won’t be having to peel gooey remnants from under a seat somewhere.

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Then, there’s the flavor factor! Holy cow! Did you know that Twizzlers candy comes in varieties of flavors now? There’s the usual strawberry and cherry, but now there’s chocolate, strawberry lemonade, and even sweet ‘n sour! That makes this momma happy because, to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the original flavor. So, now I can enjoy Twizzlers too!

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By the way, the Strawberry Lemonade filled twists are pretty much amazing!

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Twizzlers candy has always been a favorite travel candy for our family. They are low-fat, easy to eat, and are not messy at all. My husband, especially, loves to snack on them while he’s driving.

If you too want to put a “Twist on your Summer” and make your Summer travels with Twizzlers twists, you can easily find them at Walmart! I didn’t have to go very far to find the different varieties of Twizzlers candy. There was a display right up front, as soon as I walked in the door. That certainly made finding our travel-safe snacks really easy!

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Do you have any essentials that you take on your road trips?

What are some ways you might incorporate Twizzlers into your Summer road trips? Leave a comment and let me know!

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