One of the best parts of the holidays is getting away from the usual daily grind. However, if you have children, it can be one of the most stressful parts of the holidays. Traveling with them can be a nightmare at times. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help make your travel time smooth sailing.
First, make sure you’re prepared. Allow your kids to pack the toys they would like to take. If they have electronics, hand held games, or phones, don’t forget the chargers! There have been many trips in which one of my kids forgot their charger and it literally ruined the whole ride. Don’t find yourself in this predicament if it can be avoided.
Next consider playing car games. Sure you would rather relax, however giving your kids some attention will help them from trying to get it from you by fighting or complaining. Playing games like “I Spy” or “Car Bingo” can be fun for them. This fun will also allow for time to go by faster and smoother. It will also, alleviate irritability of being confined to a small space as they keep their minds off the long ride and focused on the actual game.
Stopping periodically at rest areas to give a restroom break is definitely needed. Not only that, but allow the children to walk around in a picnic area to stretch out, will help release some of their energy they have inside.
Don’t forget the snacks. I know for my kids, food always makes things better. Take along individually wrapped snack packs of cookies, crackers, or trail mixes. This will help satisfy the kids as they get antsy in the backseat. Plus as they snack, I assure you, you’ll have a few moments of silence to enjoy. Remember to take the bottled water to wash it all down. (But not too much water because you’ll need to take more frequent bathroom breaks).
As you arrive at your destination, be sure to include the children in activities and sightseeing. This way they will feel that they are a part of your trip and not just a nuisance. The more you include your kids in the activities, the more memories you’ll create as you spend time together. This will cause them to whine less and be more cooperative in the end.