Are you planning a road trip or vacation with young children? While it may seem daunting, taking a trip with kids can actually be a fun and rewarding experience – IF you are well-prepared. Here are 5 essential tips for making your next family holiday a true vacation.
- Snacks are super important. When traveling with little ones, one almost surefire way to distract your little darlings from long, boring car rides, flights, or waits in long lines is to have an arsenal of snacks. If you can bring snacks such as fruit snacks, granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit, or other things that they will enjoy, then you will be well on your way to winning the battle against boredom. Anyone who has ever traveled with young children knows that boredom is a major vacation fun killer. Just remember that having a high amount of really sugary snacks is probably a bad idea – leading to sugar rushes followed by major blood sugar crashes so try to keep the snacks as healthy as possible!
- Don’t over pack. Sometimes we have brought a carry-on jam-packed full of fun little activities on a flight with us for our children. The problem is, that the bag is too full to find what you need in an enclosed space, such as on an airplane. The other problem is that it is a pain to haul around an over-sized bag. So, while bringing activities such as coloring, plasticine or little toys is a great idea, don’t overdo it!
- A portable DVD player (or tablet / laptop) is great to bring on a long trip. But, if you are taking a flight that already shows kids movies for the whole duration, then you don’t need to worry about bringing that extra item.
- Remember the drinks too! Constantly purchasing drinks when on holiday gets expensive really fast. So as often as permitted, make sure that you bring your own water bottles along in order to always have a drink on hand when needed!
- Plan ahead, with a schedule that is flexible, and slow-moving. What I mean is that you will need to be happy with changing your plans to suit the needs of your children. You also don’t want to try to cram too many activities into one day. A much better idea is to plan for 1-2 fun activities per day, allowing lots of time for relaxing at the hotel pool or the beach, naps and family meals.
By following these 5 easy tips, your family vacation is sure to be much less stressful and much more enjoyable for both the parents and the children. Happy travels!