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traveling to Baton Rouge with kids

Louisiana is a popular tourist destination, and Baton Rouge welcomes thousands of visitors a year as a college town. We are often asked “is Baton Rouge kid friendly,” and “what should I do if I travel to Baton Rouge with kids?” The good news is that we have tons of resources for those who travel to Baton Rouge with their family in tow, like the ultimate guide to summer in Baton Rouge and this guide to visiting Baton Rouge with kids. Let Red Stick Mom offer you our tried and true family travel tips, recommendations, and ideas … both for families coming to Baton Rouge and those wanting to get away!

Our Baton Rouge mom writers have been all over the world and are here to recommend easy weekend trips, as well as more extensive vacations to places as unique as Utah! We love sharing family travel tips with Baton Rouge families because we know that it can be overwhelming to plan even a weekend getaway with kids.

Taking the kids to Disney? Here’s what to expect. Maybe you want to travel to Orlando and skip Disney. We share tips for how to do that, too. Or maybe you love Disney and want to take a Disney cruise. Red Stick Mom has been there, done that. Looking for creative road trip ideas from Baton Rouge? We have several family-friendly short distance vacations that are drivable with kids from Baton Rouge.

At Red Stick Mom, we don’t just tell you where to go on vacation but also how to get there and what to expect. We’re not just talking about where to go, we also look at how to get there. Whether you need mom hacks for road trips with kids or advice for flying with a baby, we have you covered.

Some of the most interesting family travel tips are the ideas that Baton Rouge moms have put together for easy road trips nearby. Whether it’s a weekend trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast or hiking Tunica Hills, we are all about locations that are close to Baton Rouge and won’t break the bank. After all, sometimes the family travel tips we need the most are those ideas that are simple and budget-friendly. 

No matter where your Baton Rouge family decides to vacation next or how long you intend to stay, Red Stick Mom prides itself on sharing digestible and useful family travel tips to make planning your next getaway easy and stress-free!

Disclosure :: we included affiliate links below, but trust us – you will want to get these items for your kiddos before your next road trip!  It's that time of year again, road trips, vacations, family trips. I mean, honestly, is it ever NOT that time of year? Not for us! We're road trip-aholics. Currently, I have a 9yo, 5yo, and a 3yo, but we've been road tripping since my eldest was four weeks (when we drove to Houston). We've trekked all over: Atlanta, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Houston, Nashville, Natchitoches, just to name a few. Here's a little bit about us, we don't do devices. This isn't a judgment if you do, I promise! We just don't, and I only tell...
As a mom with really short arms and driving a minivan, I have run into my fair share of complications. One being the constant need for napkins or passing food on road trips. So I dreamed up the Minivan Zip Line. It's just as amazing as it sounds and we're always getting comments about it. We've even had people leave notes on our window in parking lots. We've been repping the Zip Line for years now and I can't imagine road tripping without it! Here’s what you need for the Minivan Zip Line: - 2 heavyweight command hooks - 2 pulleys (Lowe’s/Homedepot) - nylon cord/paracord - carabiner - lots of trial and error on baskets/bags - one of those live strong style bracelets The command hook on...
My best friend Katelyn and I have been discussing Twilight for a couple months now. Twilight was THE teenage romance series, while we were in middle school and high school. It is also a perfect example of emotional abuse, which, by the way, sets a great stage for physical abuse. Wind Goodfriend Ph.D. does a great job of naming a few of the thousands of examples of abuse Edward displays: He stalks Bella He encourages Bella to have as little interaction as possible from anyone outside his family He preys on her low self esteem He damages her vehicle so she can’t get away Before you go on assuming he was doing this to protect Bella, I just want to point...

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Well, the day that I always thought would never come has arrived: I’m getting a minivan. Yes, you read that correctly. A minivan…also known as a “swagger wagon,” “loser cruiser,” and “mom-mobile.” It’s funny how things happen. My husband literally just surprised me with a brand-new Subaru Ascent for Mother’s Day because we were thinking about adding baby #3 and would need something bigger. Little did we know, it wasn’t quite big enough. Not even 2.5 months later, we learned that our family would be growing by two. We already have a four-year-old and a two-year-old, so that meant four car seats, plus ALLLL their stuff. But ugh! Minivans are so not cool…right?! I can remember when my older brother...
Family vacations are fun and exciting; however, the logistics that come along with traveling can often add stress. Planning, packing, and prepping for the “perfect trip” can make one question whether or not it’s even worth it. Add extended family into the mix, and things can get even more crazy and complicated. My husband and I recently took a beach trip with our families; ten people ranging in ages from ten months to eighty-five.  Even the closest of families will likely have a few moments of tension, and if yours is anything like mine, you may have several of those moments. To keep things as smooth as possible, here are a few tips to minimize the tension so everyone...
I recently got back from my very first beach vacation as a mom … without the help of my parents. That’s right. No grandparents to foot the bill, hold the baby or enthusiastically respond to those constant “play with me!” demands from the toddler.  Honestly, I was nervous. It’s almost like the day you realize no one else is going to take the initiative to schedule your dentist appointments anymore. It’s…up…to…me now? I thought about all my parents have handled over the years when it came to our beach trips. I thought about all they packed. All they carried back and forth from beach to condo. I thought about the cleverly packed cooler and the perfectly stocked beach bags. My anxiety was...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Newman-Dailey.  Plan a Safe Beach Vacation: Beach Activities That Allow For Social Distancing We know you need a change of scenery and don't want to miss taking your treasured Destin beach vacation this year. At Newman-Dailey, guest and staff safety is their top priority. Therefore in addition to their enhanced sanitization and cleaning protocols and new COVID-19 procedures, their team has created a list of things to do in Destin that allow for social distancing. Here are there top suggestions: Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding This fun water activity is an individual watersport. Get out on the water, either in the Bay, the Gulf, or the Sound, and try this fun popular activity that puts...
Let's face it, vacations are supposed to be fun. Though I too am guilty of getting wrapped up in the bustle of packing, clothes washing, work schedule rearranging, stress that this "break" in life creates. I've listed some tips below to lighten the spirit on the matter. I hope they help your chaos- or maybe even just give you a chuckle! Throw your expectations out of the window. Yes, this usually works well with most uncharted territory in life, it remains beneficial in this scenario as well. Begin the journey with a clean slate, and a nice cup of coffee wouldn't hurt either! Be open-minded with your typical routine. Yes, children appreciate routine. Yes, I as well L-O-V-E routine. Vacation...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by our wonderful partners at Disney Cruise Line. Welcome, Aboard! When we first heard that Disney Cruise Line would be sending the Disney Wonder to sail out of New Orleans in early 2020, to say we were ecstatic is an understatement. Many have come to know The Walt Disney Company for setting a high standard for their unrivaled dedication to making family experiences purely magical in theme parks around the world. Their fleet of cruise vessels has been no exception to making the "Disney difference" stand out. The Disney Wonder first set sail on her maiden voyage in 1999 and has been a beloved ship of the fleet ever since. We were thrilled to have...

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