What can I do to maintain a consistent nap schedule while on the go? Pre-School Travel

Tips from moms and experts alike on how to maintain a consistent nap schedule while on-the-go.

Flexibility is Your Best Asset

If possible, schedule your activities around naps. If you have to be underway during nap time, try to be in the car for at least 20 minutes to allow for a quick rest. And as always, flexibility is your best asset - your child will likely be tired from traveling and might take longer naps than usual, moving your scheduled city walk to a later time in the day - that is ok!  - Laura, Family Travel Blogger at Frugal for Luxury, @frugalforluxury

If possible, schedule your activities around naps. If you have to be underway during nap time, try to be in the car for at least 20 minutes to allow for a quick rest. And as always, flexibility is your best asset - your child will likely be tired from traveling and might take longer naps than usual, moving your scheduled city walk to a later time in the day - that is ok!  - Laura, Family Travel Blogger at Frugal for Luxury, @frugalforluxury

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Communicate Your Schedule to Relatives

Communicate to everyone the daily schedule. If you’re visiting relatives convey what you need and then stick to it. They might try and give you push back but hold firm to your boundary! They just want to soak up as much as they can, but you know that the Incredible Hulk will come out at 4pm unless your toddler catches some Zzzs. - MegAnne Ford, Certified Parent Coach at Be Kind Coaching, @bekindcoaching

Communicate to everyone the daily schedule. If you’re visiting relatives convey what you need and then stick to it. They might try and give you push back but hold firm to your boundary! They just want to soak up as much as they can, but you know that the Incredible Hulk will come out at 4pm unless your toddler catches some Zzzs. - MegAnne Ford, Certified Parent Coach at Be Kind Coaching, @bekindcoaching

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Bring a Familiar Stroller

Bring your own stroller that your kids are already familiar with, and don't rely on the hard, plastic, low-to-the-ground strollers rented at theme parks or other attractions.  - Lakita Leonard, Travel Agent at Fun Travels by Lakita

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Plan Activities with Naptime in Mind

Carve that nap time into your daily schedule. Sometimes, it’s not going to happen, or it will happen in a reclining stroller, if at all. But most of the time, I try to get back to our hotel or apartment to give her time to relax and hopefully sleep. This means being very realistic in how much we can do in a day. I plan for one major activity in the first part of the day and dinner or an activity out after nap, if possible. If we can fit more in, great! If not, at least we don’t have an...

Carve that nap time into your daily schedule. Sometimes, it’s not going to happen, or it will happen in a reclining stroller, if at all. But most of the time, I try to get back to our hotel or apartment to give her time to relax and hopefully sleep. This means being very realistic in how much we can do in a day. I plan for one major activity in the first part of the day and dinner or an activity out after nap, if possible. If we can fit more in, great! If not, at least we don’t have an overtired kid who is raging at everything. It took us a while to slow our travel schedule down. But now that we have, we have very successful vacations for all of us.

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Consider Early Bedtime Instead

We set it as a priority and just make sure we find a window to make it happen. Otherwise, we skip it and do an early bedtime.

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Opt for the Full Belly Trick

My only trick with this is to make sure their belly is nice and full. Then they’re much more likely to sleep on the go!

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