Traveling with young children brings on a truckload of headaches and hassles, especially when traveling long distance. Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time for parents to pack up their children and head out on the road for a little getaway. However, that’s often easier said than done. When traveling with children, whether by car, plane, or train, children quickly become bored. Not to mention, there is a lot of luggage to bring and it can be quite expensive. If you’re planning to travel with your children over Memorial Day weekend, this survival guide will make your trip much more enjoyable and stress free.
Traveling by Car
Many families choose to travel by car during Memorial Day weekend. It’s often easier and cost effective. However, children easily get bored as they are trapped in one spot. They become restless and you’ll hear, “Are we there yet?” before you even leave your town. When we travel long distances by car, my husband and I prefer to travel at night. By doing so, the children sleep most of the way, and we are able to make great time.
If you’re traveling by car, be sure to bring plenty of snacks and little games. Also, check the route you’ll be taking for any parks or playgrounds where the children can stop to play for a bit. To help pass the time and keep the kids occupied, we like to play “I Spy” or count the different state license plates we see. We also have each child pack their own little backpack with a stash of toys, crayons and paper.
Traveling by Plane
Traveling by plane with young kids is a little bit more difficult, especially if the flight is long. You’re really limited on the amount of belongings you’re able to bring with you to your airplane seat, so keeping kids occupied can be more challenging. However, to pass the time you can teach them about flying and airplanes. You can even pretend to be pilots during the trip. No matter the activity you do, remember to keep it simple due to the limited space and to be considerate of others.
Traveling by Train
When traveling by train, many of the same ideas you use when traveling by car can be used. Again, bring plenty of little snacks and games along to keep your children occupied. Books, crayons, paper, tablets, and activity books are all great ideas to keep children happy when traveling by train.
In addition to finding ways to keep children occupied while traveling Memorial Day weekend, you also need to remember to plan ahead. Make reservations and arrangements before hand to save time and trouble. If you’re traveling by train or airplane, be sure to arrive early. Also, check the weather of your destination to pack appropriate clothing. Don’t forget to bring any medications you or your children may need.
With these simple tips, you’ll ensure your time traveling with kids for Memorial Day will run flawlessly for an enjoyable trip.