Based on our experiences with our recent trip to California to celebrate the holidays, we are now experts (I have 11 sarcastic tips and 2 real ones)… here are a few of our tips for taking trips during the holidays with kids!
Here are our tips for traveling with kids during the holidays:
1. Plan to get off the road after a few hours of driving to make a pit stop to go see Santa at the mall and then have one of the kids fall asleep on the freeway exit minutes before arriving to your destination.
2. Make sure to lose somebody’s shoes in the car along the way so that when they HAVE TO GO POTTY IT IS AN EMERGENCY, you are frantically going through suitcases and every bag in the car to find them.
3. Make sure to get slightly different sized gingerbread cookies for the children so that the other child will whine for hours on end about how life is not fair.
4. Forget to take the kids to the bathroom (mom included….) before leaving on the trip so we end up stopping for a bathroom break after being on the freeway for ten minutes.
5. To go along with above tip, time it just perfectly so that one of your children yells that they have to use the restroom REALLY BAD just as you get to the front of the line of It’s A Small World after waiting almost an hour for the ride. PS It’s A Small World has the best Christmas decorations ever!
6. To go along with the above two tips (sorry this is just a very big part of parenting), make sure that everyone has to use the restroom at different times throughout the day and want snacks at different times too. I’ve also read that zero routines/schedules for kids is a really great idea;)
7. Get more drinks than cup holders in the car so that the front seat passenger is holding cups/lids/all sorts of randomness during the entire drive. This may have caused me to spill part of my peppermint hot chocolate (aka Christmas in a cup) on myself at one point.
8. Spend the holiday season traveling and focusing on the kids and their Christmas celebrations and get back home/to the hotel/to where you are staying realizing you haven’t eaten for a very long time. Throw in hitting holiday traffic as much as possible and you are all set to go. I was hangry.
9. Make sure to change your perspective on time when children ask how much longer you have to drive to get to your destination… three more hours of driving =s “WE ARE ALMOST THERE” right?!
10. Hope that the Christmas coloring books (that I just bought at the store) have some ripped pages or that the crayons spill out all over the floor and under the seats during the drive. (That was an emotional rollercoaster).
11. Listen to the song, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” on repeat for a while because the kids love the sound effects on this song (that sound like fingernails on a chalkboard). A headache will come along with this one;)
And two tips that are not sarcastic:
Cherish every single second with those kids of yours because they grow up way too fast and even the most challenging parts of life turn out to be the funniest memories. This time of year is my absolute favorite with the little ones and I want to soak it all in and create amazing memories together.
*****The thing we fell in love with this holiday season while we were celebrating our Christmas with the kids——> UberEATS !! UberEATS is like an Uber for your food… It is the way to get the food you want, from the restaurants you love (or are excited to try), delivered at Uber speed!
UberEATS is especially amazing during this crazy busy time of year while everyone is preparing for the holidays. December is full of traveling, shopping, working, planning big meals with your people, decorating, traditions… UberEATS is perfect for the days/nights in between all of the craziness to help you to have special times together with your family while eating delicious meals!
UberEATS was our way to eat delicious food together easily while we were traveling during this holiday season. We get stressed out at restaurants sometimes with the kids and sick of drive-thru food so this was the perfect option for us while in California.
One day while at a park in Anaheim we got on our UberEATS app and decided to have STACKED delivered to us while we were there to eat at a park table. I had the Cow in the Garden salad (the bleu cheese, steak, sun-dried tomatoes and toasted pepitas were amazing on this salad), Andrew had a wedge salad and the kids had kid’s meals!
UberEATS has hundreds of great local restaurants to choose from and the whole process is incredibly easy and so convenient
1. You choose what local restaurant you want to try and go through the full menu that is offered (a lot of pictures of the different meals are included).
2. You click on the meals/appetizers/desserts you want to order!
3. Include any modifications/notes/additions that you need for each meal!
4. Review your cart.
5. Place your order and then you wait (the average order takes only 35 minutes from start to finish) for your delicious food to arrive to you!
It was so fun to use UberEATS at the park because we worked up quite an appetite playing hard. Knox loves these different dizzy causing things at parks. I do not understand because being dizzy is one of my least favorite things.
Oh how happy we were when UberEATS delivered straight to our hotel when we first arrived to Anaheim. Our family was able to try an amazing new restaurant in the area all cuddled up and stress free. Andrew and I could eat on the bed and enjoy our meals while they ran around jumping, exploring and gobbling up their kid’s meals.
We chose Lucilles Smokehouse Bar-Be-Que that night which was a very good decision. UberEATS gave us a huge selection to choose from and it was delivered so fast (without any problems with our order or anything like that).
My shrimp salad with cornbread was so perfect.
UberEATS was exactly like my experiences with using Uber over the last few years—> Fast/affordable/smooth/crazy convenient and each of the drivers/couriers were all so nice.
Andrew almost cried happy tears when he saw his burger and sweet potato fries after a long day of business!
On a different day of our holiday trip I ordered donuts and did a run on the treadmill at the hotel! I just ran (4.25 miles) until my UberEATS driver arrived with amazing donuts for us and the kids to eat. It was kind of the perfect combination for somebody like me—> my love for running and donuts runs deep.
Remember my Donut Stop Running tanks? I need to add this exception in parenthesis to that statement—> Donut Stop Running (unless it is for donuts).
Disneyland, sprinkles, frosting… could the kids ask for anything more in life?
I would like to introduce you to the PB & J donut. Yes, it was everything you could imagine. They had a really good strawberry nutella donut that was so different from anything I have tried before!
UberEATS gets a 10/10 score from all of us. Such a huge selection to choose from (next time I am getting the ‘build your own salad’ from Stacked), fast and awesome service! You can even track your order as it is coming to you—> you get to see exactly where it is in the process and how many minutes away it is from you!
I know your holiday season is probably filled with all sorts of activities (I feel like we are barely even home this month) and I’m sure you are all even busier! Let UberEATS lighten the load for you and help you feel good about what you’re feeding the family during this holiday season! There is already so much stress, planning, shopping, travel, prep during this time of year. UberEATS is an awesome way to make those days in between all of the parties/big meals a whole lot easier and taste really good too.
The first FIFTY readers to use the code HUNGRYRUNNER10 on UberEATS gets $10 off their first order! Make sure to try it out!
What are three of your absolute favorite salad toppings?
What are some traditional meals/desserts that you have during this time of year?
What apps do you use THE MOST on your phone?
Anyone have similar experiences when traveling with kids during the holidays?