If you have little kids, you know what kind of a hassle traveling by car or plane can be. A lot of the time, boredom can really have your children ready to have a fit! Long trips are especially frustrating because children get tired and restless easily. You can make traveling with small children please, though, and all it takes is a little preparation. Children are so unpredictable, and the schedules that they are on at home really can get messed up during a trip. This can lead to whining, tempers and a major case of the ‘cranky.’ No doubt you will hear that dreaded question, “Are we there yet?” Here are some great tips and advice on how to keep your cool and keep your children happy!
One great idea is to spend in a ‘mommy bag’ before your trip. Only throw together some unique items like coloring books and crayons, small hand-held games, picture or story books and anything else that your children enjoy doing. These things really are a ‘must’ when it comes to traveling with small children. One word of recommendation is to make sure that the games don’t make a lot of noise or at least that they have a mute button. The sounds that don’t really bother you at home can have you going stir crazy in the car or aggravate the other passengers on a plane. If you’re traveling with small children in the car, you may want to invest in a portable DVD player. Being able to watch movies in the car can do a lot to keep your children happy and quiet.
Bringing small toys that your children are accustomed to playing with at home is a good idea as well. This can include their favorite stuffed animals, dolls, cars or anything else that they love. You may want to remember the toy that they sleep with at home as well. Imagine your child suddenly wanting ‘Dusty Bear,’ or ‘Snowflake Fairy’ and realizing that they are hundreds of miles away from her son’s bed! What a situation that could turn out to be! Packing a few small and favorite toys can actually keep boredom at bay.
While most people stop and eat on long car rides, children usually have a different eating schedule than adults. At home, they may be allowed to eat whenever they are hungry, or they may be on a schedule where they eat more often than you do. To keep them from getting cranky or whiny because they are hungry, pack a few snacks. You may even want to invest in a small ice chest with juices or other drinks for your children. Small meals can be placed in lunch bags and sealed. Crackers, cookies, nuts, and raisins work well in these, and other snacks such as fruit slices and cheese can be placed in bags in the ice chest. Following the tips and advice above can keep your children happy and entertained on a long ride! Traveling with small children just became a little easier.