If you have vacation plans this summer, you may be interested in these tips for traveling with your kids to make the trip a bit smoother. By car or by plane, traveling with kids is never easy. But with a few tips in mind, it could at least be easier than it has been in the past. Keep your stress low and make the most of your trip by keeping the following tips in mind.
If you are taking a road trip, set off early, and even give yourself extra days on the road. If you are flying, get to the airport nice and early. Many airports have play areas for the kids to run off their energy, and even if they don’t, you can still burn off that energy by walking around and exploring once you are behind secure lines.
Small toys and coloring books are good, especially on planes. And if you have rules about screen time, this might be a moment to break them. Yes, it isn’t the healthiest option, but your trip isn’t going to last forever.
Play up the idea of traveling during the weeks before your trip. Have your child help you plan games for the car or talk about how cool it is to ride on planes or trains. And use this time to talk about the rules for these special trips, making these rules sounds very official. If your child is old enough to understand, you should see a difference in his or her behavior.
No matter how much you prepare, kids are kids. Yes, you might get the stink eye if you are on a plane or train, but the other passengers will survive. Do your best, but don’t sweat it too much if everything isn’t perfect.