Traveling with kids can be an enjoyable experience but also can bring some special challenges along the way. Kids tend to get cranky, bored and restless while traveling and it can take a toll on both you and your child.. Planning ahead with these 5 tips could help make your trip a lot smoother.
Tip #1 Expect their behavior to worsen while traveling
Expecting your child to be on there best behavior is unrealistic. When children are out of there comfort zone their behavior can seem worse then usual. Therefore do not expect them to be saints. The truth is these kids will be sitting for long periods of time and this will cause them to get cranky, bored and extremely tired. It can be overwhelming for your them. Knowing why your child is acting up can help you to understand him better. Let them in on your travel plans by explaining where you are going and how far it is. This could help with their behavior.
Tip #2 Bring Along Toys, Games, DVDs and CDs
Along with their favorite toys and games, let them bring along some DVDs. Children enjoy watching movies and cartoons over and over again. That is their comfort zone and this will help keep them comfortable during the trip. When all else fails pop in that CD. Music is calming and will help soothe you and your child. It could also help them in falling asleep.
Tip #3 Pack A Variety Of Snacks and Drinks
As parents we all want our kids to eat healthy but when traveling we want to bring along a variety of healthy snacks. Snacks you know your child will eat without getting fussy and upset. Let your child make choices about what they may want. Making choices helps them feel involved with planning the trip. With all the good healthy snacks there is today, they may surprise you.
Tip #4 Bring Extra Clothes and Blankets
Bring an extra set of warm clothes and a few blankets in case of the temperature change. You never know when one of those little accidents are going to happen when traveling with kids. You will need to stop for the bathroom and you may want to stop and stretch a few times, you want to make sure they are warm.
Tip #5 Have That First Aid Kit Handy
For safety reasons and things that happen beyond our control, always make sure you keep that first-aid kit handy. Although you are careful and do everything in your power to keep your child safe, anything’s possible.