Traveling with kids is inevitable, whether it’s an hour-long road trip to visit the grandparents or an international flight for an exciting family vacation. Unfortunately, many parents dread taking their kids on trips. They worry about their child’s behavior or that it will be just too stressful. However, with the right planning and preparation, both kids and parents will be able to enjoy themselves and one day look back on those family travels with fond memories.
Here are just three tips every parent will want to consider:
1) Take snacks.
No matter the age of your children, they will appreciate eating and drinking some special treats on the road. While sweet treats often seem like the easiest thing to pack, be sure to bring along some healthy options, too. Apples and trail mixes are especially easy to eat on the go.
2) Bring something new for entertainment.
Surprise your child with a new toy, book, or gadget when traveling. The youngest kids will be excited to get a new stuffed animal or game, while older kids might love a new book, video game, or digital download.
3) Keep necessity items nearby.
If your child is very young, keep an emergency change of clothing, wet wipes, and other frequently used items in a convenient spot that you can access quickly. If flying, make sure to take all these basics in your carry-on so you can get to them easily.