travel mapOn March 18th we all gathered together and had a great discussion about international travel with kids. We discussed the challenges, the rewards, and different toilets. We’ve rounded up important information and tips for other parents.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE TO INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL W/ KIDS?

@QueenCityRockr How to occupy them on the plane!

@lifeofleah Oh, traveling that loooong. The flights, the layovers, the plane changes.

@sunrae17 We have never traveled international with our kids..in country was hard enough!

@KathyBuckworth Hoping they adapt to cultural social conventions without embarrassing you, themselves, or insulting anyone.

@EmilyHarleyReid Customs looked shocked by the sheer number of Zone bars we packed for first trip overseas!

@familyfriendlyX I think the fear is often greater than the reality. Took 2 kids, 9 & 6 years Australia to Europe – 24 hours. No probs.

WHAT’S THE STRANGEST FOOD YOU HAVE EATEN OVERSEAS?

@CarolYemola Octopus, snails, conch come to immediate mind. I’m not really picky. Like to experience whatever is served.

@TheeJuliette Chicken heart meat called anticuchos .

@EmilyHarleyReid Have eaten kangaroo curry in Australia, any number of unidentifiable sea creatures in Latin America & slaw on BBQ in North Carolina.

@faewings Oh strangest thing ever was the ‘mountain oysters’ but that was in San Diego.. Not over seas!

@travel_4_all Octopus in pasta in Italy. It was good though!

BEST TIP FOR PACKING EFFICIENTLY FOR A LONG TRIP?

@heatheracts Make a list and pack everything possible a few days out.

@disneymom917 I always pack clothing that can be layered.

@CarolYemola Stuff your socks & small items in your shoes, sandwich breakables between clothes, USE YOUR CARRY-ON!

@simplyjunebug Make list early + and – for awhile, set out items, edit items, multi use gets high priority, pack, edit again, repack.

@bittripfan Bring things to do for the kids!

@matthewsmommy Pack what you want, then go through everything again, and decide if you really need to take it.

@katfell1 Stick with similar clothing colors, know the weather and roll your clothes. So much more fits when you roll them.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE KIDS FOR FOREIGN CULTURES?

@lovernsaver watching videos about the place, books, talk to others who have been there

@CiaoBambino Books, photos, take kids to local spots that are multicultural

@lifeofleah We have hosted exchange students since I was 14. Awesome for teaching the kiddos about different cultures.

@JazzyTJan Many community colleges and schools host International Fairs. Great place to learn a little something about other cultures.

@FunFloridaMom Visit a restaurant that may have similar food where you’re visiting!

WHAT’S YOUR SECRET FOR COPING WITH JET LAG?

@JazzyTJan I want to know the answer to this. Next month: 24 hours…flying to Thailand.

@Disneymom917 Don’t sleep on the plane. Go ahead and be tired so you will sleep the first night.

@JULIE_CONN Books and magazines!

@LMC502 Lots of water and napping if possible.

@jspd 5 hr energy and forcing myself to stay awake.

@mommy3sons Make sure I don’t plan too much on the first day of arrival so I can rest and try to adjust .

@sunrae17 A soak in the hot tub, glass of wine and a king size bed!

SHARE YOUR FAVORITE FOREIGN TRAVEL STORY (LOO, MISHAPS & MORE).

@lifeofleah Once in Mexico, I had a fountain drink. I was sick with Montezuma’s for over 2 weeks. Horrid!!

@JazzyTJan I went to Montreal to work at a GM plant and found myself to be the only female in the plant. I was treated like a Queen.

@mhappynow Was my mother’s trip to turkey before she passed, the toilet in the floor, she was appalled! LOL

@familyfriendlyX Hubby & I nearly divorced driving in Europe – wrong side of road, in wrong side of a car with manual gears. He could not get it!

*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.