My 3 Best Kept ‘Family’ Travel Secrets

I’m long overdue for this post… But it’s better late than never, right?

I have been nominated to participate in Tripbase’s 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets” game by our great Adventure Travel friends, Dave and Deb of The Planet D and my travel Twitter friend, The Word Wire.

The aim of this game is to unite travel bloggers in a joint endeavor – to create an amazing list of top travel recommendations across the globe to share with the entire online travel community.” – Katie from

So here are our 3 Best Kept ‘Family’ Travel Secrets

1. Kids do NOT need a lot of toys to entertain themselves

Kids Busy Travel Toy

Yes, when you travel with kids you MUST prepare some busy travel bag for them. But you don’t have to go overboard. A few toys that they love and a couple new toys will be suffice. Sometimes it’s better to use whatever available in your surrounding to distract them from boredom.

Our recent air travel, I was able to entertain Mr. Z for almost an hour with the safety document. He loved to study the whole thing. He sat there quietly and listened very carefully to the flight attendant during take off. He then continued to study all the exits and informed me that I had to put the mask on myself first before put it on to him.

2. Kids love to carry their own bag

Kids with Carry on

I don’t know about yours but mine were looking forward to carrying their own carry on luggage even before our trip. I made a point to show them their luggage. I let them walk around the house a couple times to get used it but after that I put it away (you don’t want them to get tired of this new excitement before the trip). I also let them pick out their own outfits.

So if you plan any family trip, I strongly suggest considering having a carry on for each kid (probably will work best if your kid is already in school). It will give them the sense of responsibility and make them feel like a grown up. Plus who doesn’t want to save $20 per bag to check in the luggage.

3. Best souvenir is the one they make it themselves

Souvenir Penny

Last week, I was talking about one of the best souvenir we bought from our San Diego Trip. It’s not only a cheap and very affordable souvenir but it also gave the kids a chance to see the whole process of making their own souvenir.

They picked what style they want. They pushed the coins in. They turned the wheel (a little bit of work out here). And voila, they had their own penny to put in their collection.

Now, I’m supposed to tag other bloggers to join in this fun. But since I’m so late to the game, I’m not sure if there is anyone else left that hasn’t been tagged. Here are my nomination and sorry if I double tag you. :)

– Jen @ Two Kids and a Map
– Mara @ Mother of All Trips
– Colleen @ Travel Mamas
– Bridget @ Family Adventure Guidebooks
– Jody @ Have Kid Will Travel

About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Not too late at all. Fab family tips, thanks for sharing!

  2. Not so many family travel blogs on our list of nominated blogs if you want to tag some fellow bloggers.

    Here’s the updated list:

  3. Kara already tagged me for this… Hopefully I can get to it soon!

  4. TheWordWire says:

    I think it’s the cutest thing in the world when I see a little kid pulling a little suitcase at the airport. A sign of independence and readiness to take on the world! Love it.

  5. Better late than never. Quality tips! I like the focus on art supplies, and also agree heartily with the carrying their own bag thing (I’ve even upped it a notch, now they carry MY bags ;)

  6. Haha! My kids each got a rolling suitcase as a gift from a friend last year. They love them so much!! They rolled them all around the house and were begging us to take them on a trip. It was so cute!

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