Long travel days are a parent’s worst enemy. The kids will likely get bored and fussy, adding stress to an already frustrating part of your trip. Choose your mode of transportation—plane, train, bus, car, etc.—based on two factors: how quickly it will get you to your destination and how comfortable it will be for the kids. While planes may have an advantage in terms of travel time, your kids may grow restless if they can’t play with toys or get up and stretch their legs. Car rides give you flexibility over your own schedule, but can be trying when the kids start to complain from the back seat. Weigh all your options before you finalise your plans.
2. Pack plenty of toys, games, and snacks.
This tip comes in handy not only for travel days, but also when you’re out sightseeing with the kids. Ward off boredom on a long car trip or at a particularly crowded tourist attraction by bringing a few easily portable toys and games for the kids to play with: smartphones, tablets, colouring books, and finger puppets are just a few great options to help keep the kids entertained. Pack some individually wrapped snacks and juice boxes in your purse in case the kids start to feel hungry as well.
3. Get their input.
Your travel itinerary will look a lot different with kids involved. Instead of visiting ornate cathedrals and wining and dining at fancy restaurants, you’re more likely to spend the day visiting a theme park and eating quick, hassle-free meals. Making sure your kids have a voice in picking out the day’s activities goes a long way in keeping them happy and entertained. Kids get easily tired and irritable, so make sure you build in some relaxation and play time throughout the day.
4. Be prepared for any situation.
A big worry for parents is that their children will get ill or injured while on holiday. Reduce the likelihood of a worst-case scenario by doing a little research prior to travel. What will the weather be like? Do your kids need any special medication or vaccinations? Are there areas of the city you should avoid when traveling with kids? Be sure to pack an emergency kit filled with bandages, ointment creams, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, and antacids in case your kids get hurt or suffer from a stomachache on your travels. As far as clothes go, whether your children need sun hats to protect their heads from the harsh sunlight or cardigans and knit hats for a winter holiday, browse Catimini clothes for kids for a wide selection of travel essentials.
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