Monday, September 19, 2011

Tips for Traveling with Kids


Tips for Traveling with Kids
by Catherine Hinckley

Without a doubt, it can be quite challenging to travel with young kids. The good news is that there are secrets to making this a stress-free and hassle-free ordeal overall. All you have to do is get some creative methods of entertainment ready for the trip and plan some stops beforehand to give everybody a break when the time comes.

The first thing you have to ensure before even leaving the house is that everybody is dressed in comfortable traveling clothes. If looks are really such a big issue, then just have your kids change at the last planned stop.

Another thing you have to ensure before leaving is that you are actually prepared for the trip. This means getting all of the books, toys, CDs, food and drinks that you plan on bringing with you ready beforehand.

Of course, handheld video game consoles and DVD players can be used in the car, too, but it is highly recommended to indulge in old-fashioned games instead. This way, you can all start bonding as a family before you even get to your destination.

One thing you can do together is listen to music. Most parents seem to prefer putting on children's songs and nursery rhymes while on a road trip, but don't be scared to put on some adult music now and then, either. In fact, you can even try to encourage your kids to sing along to them. If in a safe and appropriate environment, you can even crank open the windows while they do.

If you have any, you can listen to children's stories on CDs, too. Make sure your children bring their favorites so you can ask them educational yet fun questions afterwards.

Now, once somebody gets hungry, just whip out the special containers that you prepared and filled with goodies. It would be smart to have a couple of small containers handy, just so you can space out the snacks and ensure that your children don't get too overwhelmed by them. Make sure you bring food that can be closed up again, too, just in case they don't end up finishing it all.

Naturally, you shouldn't forget to talk about your lives, in general, and to point out interesting things that you see outside. Remember: I Spy is still one of the most favored traveling games of children worldwide!

So, in a nutshell, make sure you prepare a variety of things before going on a road trip with your children. This will ensure that you all have a stress-free, pleasant and relaxed time on the road.

Catherine Hinckley is a writer that focuses on health and family education. She also enjoys covering topics on an expat community blog that provides international prepaid calling cards and swiss calling cards for international travelers. Take an additional 10% off with coupon code "acc10".

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