Vacationing as a family can be a rewarding bonding experience. Whether it is seeing your children’s faces light up the first time they see Mickey Mouse, or splash in the ocean, or get immersed in the culture of a foreign country are some of the best in life.

The only problem is that traveling from point a to point b can be a stressful adventure all in itself. After all what is a mom to do when trying to keep everything together in close quarters?

Whether you are traveling by car, plane, train, or boat these genius tips are sure to help.

Sometimes giving your kids something is the best way to go. By giving your child a new small toy, or art project, or even candy ( lollipops last a long time) you can help with everyone’s sanity. Giving them something on the hour every hour you are in the car helps them to mark time, and hopefully prolongs the dreaded “Are we there yet’s”.

Save time in the mornings, and lets face it if your child has an accident while traveling, by packing every outfit all together. By putting an outfit in a gallon bag not only do you have everything you need all at once, but also a place to store dirty clothes till you can get them home to wash them. This comes in real handy if clothes get wet or get food and other items on them.

Who knew all those old DVD cases could be so useful? Having everything in one spot can help contain the mess that sometimes comes with a little creativity.

Prompt children to draw images of what they are seeing while traveling. These pictures make a great way to chronicle the trip for you when you get home.

Snack time can be the most stressful time of any trip. Worrying about messes can make any mother wince every time their child is hungry. Make snack time less messy and more fun with straws.

While all tips are great the biggest thing you can do is relax. Being stressed out while traveling with your children will not only hinder you, but also stress your kids out as well. Don’t worry about what is going wrong, and focus on what is about to come. The only thing that matters is that you are doing what needs to be done.

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