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The Love/Hate Feelings of Traveling With Kids + Giveaway {CLOSED}

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

Excuse me while I get a little nostalgic. I’ve got the travel bug and it never seems to go away. In my early 20’s, I did a lot of traveling, all before I had kids. I hit up Italy, London, the Bahamas, and stuck closer to home by going to California, Utah, Texas, and New York. I have soooooooo many amazing memories from those trips, but now that I’m a full fledged adult in charge of two other humans, my traveling has been reduced to mostly state wide and less frequent due to lack of time, funds, you know…the usual. I may sound like Debbie Downer, but I’m not. Traveling with kids is a whole new ball game, and a whole new joy that going on vacations with your friends can’t provide. Just like a lot of things in life there are ups and downs to everything, so I thought I’d share both sides to traveling with kids!

Entering WI after our NC roadtrip with family.

HATE: I feel like you need to be extra prepared when you take the kids with you. Not only are you packing for yourself, but you are also packing other people and isn’t packing for vacation stressful enough? I always, always, always think in my head, right before a vacation, that I’m going to finally utilize the convenience of a checklist, but every single time, I never do. I don’t know, I’m weird like that.

LOVE: There is something super fun about going on a mini shopping spree for you and the family when you know you are going on vacation. It might just be me, but something about folding brand new, never been worn clothes into your suitcase is oddly enjoyable. 

HATE: Just because we’re on vacation doesn’t mean sickness is. Have you been on vacation where you or someone else has been sick?

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LOVE: Being with your family, however big, and creating memories that hopefully last forever. 

HATE: Being with your family = more bodies. More bodies = more money. Things add up very quickly and while you shouldn’t put a price on memories, sometimes it’s just reallllllllllllllllly hard.

This Summer we unfortunately don’t have anything set in stone for traveling as a family. We’re doing smaller trips to visit family, but otherwise life is sort of hectic and finding time to do anything has been hard. 

In NYC with friends.


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    Rosio F
    July 11, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I always tell my husband that a vacation is more work for me….but at the end of the day we always make great memories.

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    shelly peterson
    July 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    So far I have no Summer travel plans yet.

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    Rana Durham
    July 11, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    i am always housesitting or dgsitting in the summer. i plan on going to legoland too.

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    amy stonger
    July 12, 2017 at 5:20 am

    We just got back from visiting my aunt in Alabama.

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    Lisa Brown
    July 12, 2017 at 5:20 am

    I am not doing anything this summer, just staying home.

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    Jessica To
    July 12, 2017 at 6:36 am

    We have already went on vacation to the mountains.

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    Julie Wood
    July 12, 2017 at 7:42 am

    We are taking a road trip from Washington State to California to see my sister and go to some of the amusement parks.

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    July 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I just came back from our road trip going from San Diego to San Francisco and back

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    July 13, 2017 at 7:48 am

    We’re going to South Carolina at the end of the summer.

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    July 13, 2017 at 7:57 am

    We are planning on driving up North to see family! Our first Road trip!

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    July 13, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I am going on a road trip to Colorado to visit my brother.

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    Kimberly Flickinger
    July 13, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    We are traveling to Upper Michigan this summer, near Traverse City.

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    Steve Weber
    July 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    We have been going to several concerts.. My birthday is next month.

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    Will G
    July 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I am going to Colorado!

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    Kelly D
    July 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    We are going to New England.

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    Jessica Naca
    July 13, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    We are driving down to Florida to Cocoa Beach and Orlando. Planning on visiting Magic Kingdom and Sea World!

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    July 13, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    My family and I are going to Colorado this summer for my cousins wedding.

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    July 13, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    We might go on a road trip!

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    July 13, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    We are visiting family out of town.

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    July 13, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    We went to Alaska.

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    Dan Dykstra
    July 14, 2017 at 7:52 am

    We are booked with weddings, two in CO and two in WI.

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    July 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    We aren’t taking a big trip this summer but we have lots of weekend vacations and day trips planned. With a toddler short trips definitely work better for everyone!

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    James Robert
    July 14, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I am not because my kids left for a visit for the summer with their mom. So, nothing at least until they come back home.

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    Gina G
    July 14, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I live in NYC and am super excited to be visiting my family in Wisconsin later this summer!

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      July 15, 2017 at 11:39 am

      No way! Where in Wisconsin?!

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    Karla R.
    July 15, 2017 at 12:52 am

    We went to the beach several times.

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    July 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    We are just going to the beach this summer.

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    Jennifer Wright
    July 15, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    We are visiting the zoo and different local destinations.

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    Cheryl B
    July 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    We traveled to see Mt. Rushmore and Devils Tower.

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    July 15, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    were going to Lake Tahoe for 2 weeks YIPEE

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    Marilyn Nawara
    July 15, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    We are planning a few long weekend car trips, but nothing huge. We usually take a trip in the winter or spring to somewhere warm — Michigan is beautiful in the summer and lots to see close to home.

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    Bridgett Wilbur
    July 16, 2017 at 6:52 am

    We are taking the kids to go see the grandparents in upstate ny.

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    July 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

    We are staying home and swimming this summer

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    July 16, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I’m staying local

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      July 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Staycations are always nice 🙂

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    July 16, 2017 at 11:58 am

    no plans this year

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    Susan Christy
    July 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I’m taking a couple of short road trips to Missouri.

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    Leidy Ruiz
    July 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    We are spending lots of time at the beach, the waterpark and with the grandparents

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    July 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    We are going to Niagara Falls!

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    July 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    We are going to Branson, MO!

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    Jennifer Essad
    July 17, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    we’re heading back home to Michigan for Labor Day weekend, a family wedding and visits along the way as we road trip from FL to Michigan

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      July 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

      I live next to Michigan but never have been! Eeek

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    Ashley C
    July 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    We’re headed to the beach in a few weeks!


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    amanda whitley
    July 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    my family is taking a 15 hour road trip next month.

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    July 17, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I have no plans to-date for summer travel this year.

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    kelly tupick
    July 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Yes, we are taking a road trip from NH to Niagara Falls.

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    Amber Hites
    July 18, 2017 at 10:45 am

    No plans as of yet, but I would LOVE to go somewhere with my family, just get away from it all.

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      July 19, 2017 at 7:37 am

      I agree – we have no plans yet either, but would be nice to do SOMETHING 🙂

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    July 19, 2017 at 11:58 am

    No summer plans other than staycation

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    Mary Cloud
    July 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    We took two trips – one to Florida and one to Texas – now to get ready for the school year

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    Lori Jackson
    July 20, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    We are not heading anywhere. However we live in South Florida so we stay quite active and always have fun.

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    July 21, 2017 at 11:51 am

    We are pretty much staying home this summer.

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    July 23, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I am not traveling this summer.

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    Heather D
    July 23, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    We have some local activities planned but no big trip.

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    Sarah Hayes
    July 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    we have gone on a couple small trips. nothing too far from home

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    Amber Cheras
    July 28, 2017 at 1:59 am

    My family and I had a water balloon war! Other than that no big plans hope to take a road trip to NY soon to visit family.

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    July 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    no plans this summer

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    Heather W
    July 28, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    We went to the diamond mine in arkansas!

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    Anne Stull
    July 28, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    My summer will be cut short due to surgery. I’ll be on bestest for 4-6weeks soon 😝

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      July 30, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Oh no. Sorry to hear that. I Hope you have a speedy recovery!!

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    Sara Wainwright
    July 29, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I am going home to visit family and go to my cousins wedding. Plans mostly include food I miss!

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      July 30, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Nothing wrong with that! Enjoy the rest of the Summer 🙂

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    Melissa C
    July 30, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    We traveled to Massachusetts this summer to visit family. We all had a fun time, my kids loved cape cod beach and seeing the light houses.

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    Tracie Cooper
    July 31, 2017 at 10:43 am

    We are planning to visit my sister in North Carolina.

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    Sarah Mayer
    July 31, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I’m just traveling to NYC for work this month.

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    Gina M
    July 31, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    We took a road trip to TN this year for a family reunion!

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    Thomas Murphy
    July 31, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I am going camping.

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