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Traveling on your own or as a couple can sometimes be stressful, but to throw kids into the mix, you have a whole different ball game. It can be difficult, but here are some tips to make travelling as a family easier.
Provide Ample Entertainment
Children get distracted very easily, and once they’re bored or restless, that’s when the problems start. So don’t go lightly on the entertainment and bring plenty with you to ensure they are kept entertained for longer than the flight or travel time. Bring books, electronic games, and the more traditional board games in miniature, travel-friendly versions. Whether it’s trips to Iceland that you’re thinking of or trekking it across to the other side of the world. Bring plenty of entertainment to keep them occupied for the trip and beyond that. You can never have too much!
Snacks are a great comfort to young and older kids – as well as the adults too. When on vacation, there may be a different food palette that perhaps your children aren’t really used to. Therefore, it is beneficial to bring along some snacks that you and your children can enjoy when they’re feeling a little homesick. It can be hard to enjoy your holiday if the food isn’t something your children like. So bring plenty of snacks or as many as you can fit in your suitcases and your carry-ons too.
Keep Them Moving
When children are expected to sit in a seat for a few hours (possibly several), their attention span is not always capable of lasting that long. They may become restless or frustrated about having to sit with a belt on for so long or to just to be in the same space. When you’re on a plane or boat, you’ve got the ability to move around a little more freely. It’s likely that you’ll have taken up a row of seats, and even so, you shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to get up and stretch your legs down the aisle. During particularly long flights get up and move about. So take this opportunity to do the same thing for your children. Walk them up and down the plane’s aisles or show them certain parts of the boat or ship that they’ve not seen before.
Make Sure They’re Comfortable
And finally, remember that comfort is key when traveling. If your children aren’t comfortable, then there’s going to be more likely a fuss kicked up about it. Get them into comfy clothes and make sure they have neck supports and blankets to keep them warm. Air-conditioning in planes can often be very cool, so it’s good to keep them dressed for the plane’s temperature, rather than where you may be heading to.
How do you make traveling as a family easier?
Travelling as a family doesn’t need to be difficult. Make it easier by bringing plenty of entertainment and ensure you’re well organised for the travel time ahead. What do you do to make travelling as a family easier? Leave your tips in the comments below.