Travel broadens the mind, no matter what your age, and with the long school holidays lurking ahead you’ll no doubt be planning a trip to keep the family entertained. While kids generally love going to new places, it’s always difficult to travel with younger children, and good planning is essential to minimise stress. Here are a few tips for travelling with kids, whether you’re planning a road trip or will be going on a long flight.
Plan some entertainment
Before you set off on a long journey, whether it’s in the car or by plane, planning plenty of entertainment for the kids is essential. Work out how many hours you’ll be travelling, allowing for a couple of hours of delays, and figure out how you can fill that time. This could include:
- Watching movies on the plane’s entertainment system
- Colouring books and simple crafts
- Books – these won’t entertain younger children for long
- Playing CDs aimed at children
- Playing eye-spy or making a list of things to spot along the way
Generally, as kids get older they start to entertain themselves for longer, so you can start travelling further afield. They can then start to play car road trip games, or simply watch a film without needing to get up every few minutes. Therefore, try to limit how far you travel with younger kids.
Cars can get stuck in traffic, and food service on planes can be slow, so always make sure you have a back up snack and some water with you. Try kid friendly cereal bars, rice cakes, or dried fruit, all of which will keep them going until they can enjoy a proper meal.
Take health precautions
Taking health precautions is important when you travel, and this especially applies for children who may pick up illnesses and infections much more easily. Before you go abroad, check if you need any vaccinations, and read up on current travel advice. You can
click here to talk to an online doctor about medical concerns you may have, this of course includes any questions about contraception and quick access to the morning after pill. Remember to take any prescription medications you may need, as well as basics such as over the counter kids medication, as it’s not always easy to find these things, especially when abroad.
Plan regular breaks
If you’re going on a road trip, plan your journey in short bursts, ensuring there are plenty of stops for using the toilet and running around. If you won’t be passing many service stations, then it’s worth buying a travel potty so that you can avoid any accidents.
Many families avoid travelling while their kids are young, but it can be a great way to spend quality time together. It’s best to start off with shorter trips, getting them used to it and seeing how they respond to being in a car or on a plane. As they get older, you can do more with them, and they start to entertain themselves. If you get them used to travelling now, then they’ll no doubt develop a passion for it in later life, and you can encourage them to explore the world.
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