Last year we went to Europe for 3 months with our 3 children (then aged 4, 2.5 years, and 7 months old). I talked in this post about how we made this work and in today’s post, I’m going to talk about the eight items that ended up being the most useful equipment we took that made our lives way easier as we traveled with such young children. A few of these were last-minute decisions that we were super happy we made, and others were extremely well-researched, deeply-considered purchases that ended up being worth every single penny.
Last summer, my husband and I packed up most of our belongings into a storage unit, gathered our three kids who at the time were 4 years, 2.5 years, and 6 months old, a couple other family members and left for a three month trip to Europe.
A lot of people thought we were crazy. Maybe we were. But we did it, and we had a ton of fun! Since then I’ve gotten a lot of questions on how we made it work. To be clear, we’re not uber-rich, we’re a one-income family, we didn’t get any sponsorships or help. We decided we wanted to travel, we structured our life so that we could and then we did it. It was a few years in the planning and it involved some sacrifices but this is how we did it:
Well, life happened.
Or rather I over estimated my ability to blog while traveling with three small children, and four adults. And then we got home, we moved into a new house, my son broke both his legs one after the other (that was fun.) and finally here it is, the middle of October.
Traveling with Kids: Planning and Preparation
Due to circumstances outside of my control, my posting has been sporadic lately. A big part of that reason is that we’re getting ready to go on a huge 3 month adventure! We’re heading to Europe! With our three little kids! Who are four and under! And yes, I’m nervous and excited at all at once!
In just under three weeks, my husband and I will be fulfilling a dream we’ve had since we got married (and I’ve had since I was 15) and going on a three month international trip, centered in France and the United Kingdom. Hopefully, this will be the first of many as, long-term, we would love to provide travel to our kids as part of their regular education. A lot of decisions have come together to make this trip a reality: from job choices to even how we live on a daily basis.
Starting today, I will be doing a series of posts on traveling: from planning; packing tips; flying tips; things we learn along the way; tips on making traveling with children successful and rewarding and the tools we used to achieve this.
Keep reading to find out how we are making this all work!