Traveling with children over Memorial Day weekend can be a difficult endeavor, especially if you’re traveling with young kids. However, getting away for a holiday weekend doesn’t have to be stressful. Proper travel planning is the key to a stress-free, relaxing Memorial Day holiday weekend with the kids.
Pack plenty of activities in your child’s backpack to keep him entertained. Younger children may enjoy coloring, playing with play-dough, having you read to them, watching a movie on your ipad or playing learning games on a leap pad or tablet. If you’re traveling by car, bring a sing-a-long songs cassette tape or books on tape. Some kids enjoy sticker books, reading magazines, using an etch-a-sketch or making yarn bracelets. The trick is to pack a variety of different items in your child’s travel bag, because kids often become bored with an activity quickly — especially young children.
Plan for Comfort
Whether you’re traveling by car, plane or train, your child will be happiest if he’s comfortable and well rested. Encourage your child to wear comfortable traveling clothes and pack a small pillow and blanket in case he decides to take a nap. Bring a white noise or sound machine to help your child sleep when you reach your destination, especially if he’s sharing a bedroom with other people or wakes up easily to unusual or loud noises.
Have Plenty of Snacks
Because of their small tummies, kids usually get hungry often while traveling. Furthermore, eating healthy snacks while in the car or airplane helps keep your child entertained. Chewing — whether it be gum or snacks — and drinking beverages helps prevent your child’s ears from hurting from pressure due to elevation changes while flying. Pack water or 100-percent juice for your kids to drink. Healthy snacks to have on hand may include raisins, nuts, seeds, trail mix, pretzels, whole-grain cereal or goldfish. If you’re bringing a cooler, pack individually packaged milk, yogurt, string cheese and hummus to dip pretzels in.
There’s nothing worse than waiting until the last minute to pack, realize you’re not prepared or feeling stressed out while traveling over Memorial Day weekend. Start planning for your trip a week ahead of time, make sure you’re caught up on doing all your laundry and know what suitcases you’re going to bring with you. A few days before your trip, make a list of all the clothes, kids’ activities, snacks, camera and other items you’ll need during the holiday weekend. Finally, bring extra cash — in addition to credit cards — in case of an emergency.