5 Tips For Travelling With Children
If you're part of a family on the go, you'd better know some tips for travelling with children. Keeping the children happy will make your travels so much easier on the family and strangers alike. Below are only five tips or travelling with children. Obviously, you know your children better than anyone else in the world, so add to or subtract from this list as needed.
- Start off by explaining to them where you're going and why. Even very young children want to know travel plans and how they fit into it. If you're going to see the grandparents, tell them at the end of their car/plane/train ride, there will be grandparents with cookies!
- Plan out your trip with your children's happiness in mind. This means planning overnight stops at places where they're welcome and can burn off some pent up energy. A tired child makes a happy adult. Consider checking out the surroundings of overnight stops, such as hotels, to make sure there are pools, miniature golf courses or a park nearby.
- Your children will be better travelers if they have something to occupy themselves during the trip. This may mean loading up a DVD and some headphones to preserve your sanity. Or provide some Playdough or coloring books and crayons for backseat activities.
- Children have very short attention spans, so take frequent stops during long car rides. Schedule a stop at least once an hour to allow the kids to romp for a bit. Make the stops fun by tossing a football around for a bit.
- Do not expect more from your children than they can reasonably give. Taking a two-year-old to a very nice fancy restaurant is a recipe for disaster for not only your child, but for you and the people surrounding you who are trying to enjoy a nice meal. There's nothing quite as frustrating for all involved to have the ambience destroyed by little Johnny romping up the restaurant aisle.