Travelling is supposed to be relaxing, and a good opportunity to connect with your family and forget about your daily problems. On the other hand, when kids are involved, the entire thing can prove to be a bit more stressful. It definitely requires more preparation, but nothing that can’t be handled with some useful tricks.
Leave when your child is well rested
If you can choose the time when you leave for your trip, try to avoid the times when your child should be sleeping. Many people believe that to leave during night or during sleeping times is easier, but in reality, many children will not sleep in the car or airplane. This means you will have a fussy, tired and hyper-stimulated child to handle, which is not fun for any of you.
When your child is well rested, they can find something interesting to do during travel and they will not have tantrum from exhaustion.
Bring some new entertainment
Of course, it is important to bring their favorite toy, but you should also think about some new ones. This will keep them busy for a while and it will give you all the chance to do something fun together, like reading a new story or playing a car game.
Even with new games and entertaining stories, they might get fussy after a while, which brings us to the next tip.
Take breaks as often as you can
This is important to keep in mind, especially if a road trip is included in your vacation. Adults tolerate boredom in a better way compared to children, but you can’t expect the little one to stay still for hours and hours. Take a break every couple of hours and make sure that they take a few steps around.
Also, let them know in advance how much time is left until the next stop (adapted to their language, of course).
Don’t rely on treats and snacks
When you travel, it’s easier to rely on foods that are not necessarily healthy. While it may be convenient for you, it can be an issue for your child. It will not keep them satisfied and the last thing you want is to have a bored child with a sugar load. When possible, bring healthy alternatives from home; cookies that you baked yourself, mess-free fruits, lemonade or natural juice instead of soda.