A family vacation is a time where you leave the stress and schedules and embark on an adventure as a family. It is a time reconnect and renew the relationships that may have got lost in the hustle and bustle of every day life. Although travelling as a family can mean being trapped in tight quarters for prolonged periods of time, if you plan ahead and are ready for those bouts of boredom, irritation and cries of hunger, travelling with children can be a breeze.
Things you need when travelling with Children
1. Snacks – I don’t know about your kids, but as soon as we pull out of the driveway, whether it be a long trip or a trip to the grocery store, the kids begin complaining they are hungry. Having a wide variety of snack stored in the car can make the trip less expensive and more enjoyable. When I was younger my mom use to plan ahead. She would make sandwiches, have lots of fresh fruit, and individual snacks such as goldfish, cookies, fruit snacks, and yogurt available. As variety is the spice to life, many options makes happy kids!
2. Entertainment – Entertainment is key to keeping the piece among siblings. Whether it be a handheld gaming device or tablet, Mom and Dad’s cell phone or a DVD player, keeping the kids occupied and interested can help minimize the arguments. When I was younger, my mom kept us on a strict gaming schedule. We knew when it was our turn, which device was alloted to us and for how long we were allowed to use. By knowing the rules up front, there were no fights about who’s turn it was or if somebody played a game longer then someone else.
3. A Favourite stuffy – Having a personalized item, whether it be a stuffy, blanket or doll, can make your child feel secure and more comfortable on a trip way from, especially, if it there first time! It can ease fears, help them fall asleep and provide a friend for the journey.
4. Games – This was my family’s favourite way to travel. My parents would invent travelling games when we were on the road to help pass the time. Now a days, one can search the internet and come up with a dozen travel games in minutes, but in the ‘olden’ days, we had to used our imaginations. For example, we played the alphabet game. Each person was assigned a letter of the alphabet and you had to find an object who’s name started with that letter. For smaller kids, you can play I spy using colours. One trip, my sisters’ and I learned our times tables as my parents would randomly shout out questions to see who could answer it first.
5. Quiet activities – If you are going on a long trip, for example to Orlando, there is no way everyone is going to feel motivated to play games or electronics the entire route. Having quiet activities like individual reading time, drawing supplies, and stickers activities are a great way to give parents down time while still entertaining the children.
One of my favourite childhood vacations was our families trip to Orlando. The trip began with a rocky start as our van broke down before we crossed the boarder and we had to return home and take our car instead. Two adults, three children, and all of our luggage in the back of a Honda Civic hatchback was very squishy, but do able! My mom did a great job planning for our vacation. We played games, made regular stops and made memories that helped me to be better prepared for traveling with my children.
What do you do to make travelling with your kids more enjoyable?
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