Traveling with children can be a difficult thing to do, especially if you are planning a long trip in the car or a plane ride. Kids are usually pretty well behaved in the beginning, but as they become bored and stir crazy they will also start to be more fussy and ornery. These tips will help you keep them happy next time you are traveling:
Invest in a portable DVD player. It is amazing to see how long kids can be entertained by a simple little machine! Bringing a portable DVD player along with several of their favorite movies is a great way to keep the kids quite as you are traveling. If you will be on an airplane, be sure to bring headphones so that you do not disturb the other passengers on the plane.
Always have snacks available. Children are less likely to get grumpy if they are well fed! Having snacks available is a great way to keep them happy, I usually save the snacks and then pull them out when they start to get a little restless or grumpy.
Toys can be a great way to keep kids entertained, but make sure that you bring new toys or novelty toys that are different. Many parents make the mistake of bringing the same toys that the kids play with every day… and so the kids are more interested in all of the new things around them (that they shouldn’t be playing with) instead of playing with the toys that they have available.
Picture books are another good option, because children enjoy turning the pages to see all of the pictures. I suggest that you stay away from coloring books though, because it can be hard to prevent the kids from drawing on everything else that is around.
Yes, it can be difficult to travel with children, but it can be very rewarding! You will be creating family memories that last a lifetime, and it is well worth it!