Traveling with children can be a difficult task, especially if you are planning a long car or plane trip. Children tend to behave quite well at first, but as they get bored and crazy, they will also start to become more fussy and cranky. These tips will help you keep them happy the next time you travel:
Invest in a portable DVD player. It is amazing how long children can entertain themselves with a simple little machine! Carrying a portable DVD player along with several of your favorite movies is a great way to keep kids calm on the go. If you are traveling on an airplane, be sure to wear headphones so that you do not disturb other passengers on the plane.
Always have snacks available. Children are less likely to sulk if they are well fed! Having snacks available is a great way to keep them happy, I usually put away the snacks and then take them out when they start to get a little fussy or grumpy.
Toys can be a great way to keep kids entertained, but be sure to bring new toys or novelty toys that are different. Many parents make the mistake of bringing the same toys that children play with every day … so children are more interested in all the new things around them (that they shouldn’t be playing with) instead to play with the toys they have available.
Picture books are another good option, because children like to turn the pages to see all the pictures. However, I suggest that you stay away from coloring books, because it can be difficult to prevent children from drawing on everything else around.
Yes, it can be difficult to travel with children, but it can be very rewarding! It will create family memories that will last a lifetime, and it’s worth it!