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