Don’t Leave Fun Behind on Your Family’s Vacation
Contributed by Henry Moore fitwelltraveler.com
Traveling with your children opens up their worlds to a plethora of experiences. Seeing new places and meeting new people makes us kinder and more compassionate. It also helps when it comes to providing lessons on patience and adaptability. Making the most of your family’s vacation time by hitting the road and having an adventure together provides your kids with a childhood full of memories they can cherish and lessons that can help shape them into healthy, happy, and well-rounded adults.
With that being said, traveling with your family isn’t always easy as kids have a way of overreacting to discomfort. One way you can make the whole vacation more pleasant is by easing the metaphorical bumps in the road when it comes to traveling. These helpful travel tips from The Intentional Traveler teach you how to do just that.
If you’re driving…
Give Kids a Map
You can provide a map for kids so they can color and take notes. Not only does giving them a map teach them about geography, but also it prevents that oh-so-annoying question, “Are we there yet?”
Pack Car-Friendly Meals
When kids eat healthy, they’re in a better mood. Make sure you always have easy access to car meals and snacks they love that keep their blood sugar up and the hangry away. Try filling a portable cooler with wrapped PB&J sandwiches, apple chips, veggies and hummus, savory snack mixes, or homemade protein boxes.
Play a Car Game
Vacations are an opportunity to get to know your children in a new and fun environment. You don’t want to spend all of your travel time distracted by electronics. By starting up a car game, you give the whole family a collective objective that facilitates conversation and bonding.
Car games kids love include:
- I Spy
- Road Trip Bingo
- License Plate Game
- Tic Tac Toe
- I’m Going on a Picnic
- 20 Questions
- Connect the Dots
- The Preacher’s Cat
- Spot the Car
While car rides are wonderful opportunities for family bonding, sometimes parents need a break. It’s perfectly acceptable to plug your kid into the iPad to distract them, especially if you need to focus on driving. Let your kids binge watch their favorite cartoons and movies or play video games with a set of headphones on so you can keep your eyes on the road without having to entertain your little ones. Pro tip: Make sure your tablet always has plenty of juice by keeping a charger in the car. The last thing you want is for your iPad to die in the middle of your kid’s favorite show!
If you’re flying…
It sounds silly, but having a lollipop to suck on during the take off and landing can help unclog your kids’ ears when the pressure changes. Plus, having a treat can take their minds off things if they are nervous about flying. Don’t neglect your own needs. If you’re one of the many people who become uneasy when flying, consider looking into meditation apps or CBD oil to relieve your anxiety.
Book by the Bathroom
While the back of the plane is generally everyone’s least favorite place, sitting closer to the bathroom means you don’t have to do that long walk down the aisle every time your toddler has to use the potty. Furthermore, being in the back gives you a little more leeway when it comes to making noise.
Traveling with your kids is a wonderful experience for the whole family. It opens up your child’s world to all the possibilities that exist. It makes them more adventurous and builds self-esteem. As a parent, you may be dreading long car rides or flights with the little ones in tow. However, with the right planning, you can make travel time easier.
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