Thanksgiving Travel Tips for New Families

As the year comes to an end, we look forward to spending more quality family time together. Whether you’re traveling to see old friends, extended family, or even just to explore new places — the holidays are a special time of the year.
There’s nothing better than a long weekend filled with watching your child play in the snow for the first time or bonding with their cousins. 

But for new parents, holidays with kids can be more stressful than soothing. Having to deal with long lines at the airport, time zone adjustments, and all the other issues that can come upon a trip can really dampen the experience but don't be discouraged! At Doona, we’re all about making parenting simple. That’s why we’ve created an essential list of Thanksgiving travel tips for new parents, to make sure you and your family can focus on what truly matters — enjoying the holidays with your loved ones. 

Avoid Peak Travel

Our first travel tip for new parents is all about planning ahead. You’ll want to be sure to avoid the busiest travel times when you and your family will have to deal with edgy crowds of other travelers; stressed-out staff at the airport, train station, or hotel; plus shortages of rental cars and other vacation necessities. Instead, try taking off work/daycare a day or two earlier or later, to avoid the rush times. Even if it might cause some added paperwork at the office, the stress you’ll be saving yourself will more than makeup for it. 

Break Up Long Journeys

If you’re headed for an adventure halfway across the country and are taking the little ones with you, it might be better to split up your trip. Instead of one long drive or a quick flight, break up those trips into bite-sized, manageable legs. If there are nice towns or areas along the way, find some activities the kids might enjoy! Remember, it’s not always about getting to your destination as soon as possible. Sometimes it’s more enjoyable to let go and just enjoy the ride. 

Pack Light, Pack Right

New parents tend to overthink and overpack. And it’s perfectly natural — you want to keep your kids as safe and healthy as possible at all times. But that also means that anytime you go anywhere with your little ones, you’re probably packing their entire nursery and more. So when it comes time for a holiday trip, you’ll have packed every last toy, blanky, and snack you own, resulting in some heavy bags you’ll have to lug around with you. Trust us, you do NOT want to do that. Just pack what you need, you will want to bring along an Essentials Bag, and plan on buying some extras when you arrive at your destination. Chances are, wherever you’re traveling to will have diapers, wipes, and the like. Don’t weigh yourself down before you even get there. 

Stick to Their Schedules

Children need schedules. It keeps them grounded, calm and comfortable. But as everyone knows, the twists and turns of traveling, especially around the holidays, can bring up unforeseen changes you’ll have to deal with. But no matter what obstacles your trip throws your way, try to keep your kids’ napping and eating schedules on point. That way, though they’ll be in a brand new place, filled with potentially overwhelming sensations around every corner — at least they can depend on their schedules. 

Bring the Right Gear

Another aspect of packing right for your holiday family trip is to choose the right baby gear. For infants, you’ll want to bring along a Doona Car Seat & Stroller. Transforming from a car seat to a stroller in seconds, this all-in-one travel solution is the perfect way to travel with the baby. Whether you’re moving by car, bus, taxi, plane, or train, Doona folds and unfolds at the click of a button, keeping you and your family moving. Plus, it fits inside any airline overhead bin! If you’ve got toddlers, you’ll also want to bring along Liki Trike

As soon as you arrive or instead of a stroller on the go by plane or car etc. When referencing the modes maybe you want to say something about how it can serve a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old at the same time.

We hope you find our list of family Thanksgiving travel tips helpful. And we hope that your holiday season is filled with nothing but joy, love, and discovery. Happy Thanksgiving, from the whole Doona family!