Central Park, Photo credit: Anuja De Silva/ Cosmopolitan TravelingMom

Central Park, Photo credit: Anuja De Silva/ Cosmopolitan TravelingMom

Ah. Summer vacation. Just the words conjure up images of idyllic family getaways with kids frolicking in the sun and surf. But the reality can be somewhat less idyllic for moms. These tips for less stressful summer travel with kids are designed to make it easier for moms to relax and have fun too.

1. Get expert help.

TMOM disclosure graphicSummer vacations should be about enjoying the things you’re passionate about with the people who matter most to you. You get bonus points if you can plan activities that are unique and memorable.

That’s where MasterCard comes in. If you have a MasterCard—any MasterCard–in your wallet, it entitles you to perks you probably thought were only available to celebrities and other high-end travelers. Every MasterCard user can access unique exclusive experiences in cities worldwide through the company’s Priceless Cities offerings (think arts, sports and entertainment!). And, of course, MasterCard has tools like Price Protection, Fraud Protection and Zero Liability on unauthorized charges to protect you and save you money while you’re away from home.

2. Think safety first, then comfort.

Photo courtesy of Evenflow

Photo courtesy of Evenflo

By now, everyone know that kids need to be in car seats, right? It’s a no-brainer. But choosing the right car seat means kids can be safe and comfortable. And kids who are comfortable are less likely to whine, cry and otherwise stress parents.

That’s why the new Evenflo Platinum Symphony All-in-One car seat is a great choice. It is made with Outlast Performance Fabrics–technology that was developed at NASA–which regulates your child’s body temperature.
Another feature I really like is the pocket that tucks away the buckle so it stays out of the sun, which means your child won’t get burned by the metal.

3. Protect your stuff.

Luggage theft is one of those problems no one wants to think about. But few things can kill a vacation buzz faster than arriving at your destination to find your suitcase didn’t make it. Or worse, your suitcase arrived but the expensive new camera you bought is missing from inside it.
That’s why I like Master Lock. It’s a TSA-approved luggage lock only you and the TSA security agents can open. And, since most moms have way, way too many things to remember, Master Lock has a brilliant solution for those of us who are likely to forget the combination to our locks: You can store it in the Master Lock Vault app. It’s free. Even better, you can keep of all of your travel documents in the vault for easy one-stop access.
Photo courtesy of Wet Ones

Photo courtesy of Wet Ones

4. Keep it clean.

Spills, dirt, and germs are almost guaranteed when you travel with kids. Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes are an absolute must-pack item, whether you’re flying or taking a road trip. If you are sending your kid to camp, stick a pack of these in their bag.
Plus, they’re hypoallergenic and have aloe and lanolin so they’re easy on skin for even the littlest of hands. The Travel Packs are perfect for easy clean up on the road.