You know how it is when you see those TV shows where the kids are screaming “Are we there yet?” over and over again? Well, for those of you who don’t know and think it’s an exaggerated joke, think again, because it is real! Be prepared for this Memorial Day Weekend travel by using these tips:
Electronic Devices are Our Friends…at Least for the Weekend!
1. Tablets are great inventions when it comes to traveling long distances especially if your device, car, plane ,or cell phone has a hotspot for internet connections. Downloading movies or letting the kids stream them live through Netflix or Amazon never hurt anyone! This always keeps our son virtually invisible the entire trip except to eat and use the potty. Besides, how cool is it for your kids to watch a movie the entire plane ride without killing each other?
2. If you are one those people who can detach your hand from your cell phone, downloading a few games and letting the kids have at it isn’t a bad idea. Just don’t forget to put it on “Airplane Mode” if traveling by plane to abide by airline policies.
Good Old Reading
3. My dad always made traveling fun by reading the green and blue guide and information signs on the road. For long car trips, have kids participate in the trip by tracking how many miles to your final destination or help identify the next fast food spot or gas station.
4. Books are an easy way to keep your kids engrossed in their own little world. These can be read in a car, plane, or train. Some kids complain of headaches reading while riding, so make sure they take adequate breaks in between reading. The last thing you want is a sick complaining kid on a trip!
Home Routines on the Road
5. Snacks always save the day! No matter what mode of travel and for how long, if you just need 10 to 15 minutes of quiet time, stuff a snack in the child’s mouth. Well, don’t stuff it, but do offer it because it will give you time to regain sanity.
6. Naps. I shouldn’t need to explain this more but since this is the secret weapon of all parents at home or on the road, you should save this one in your back pocket! Unless the child has naturally fallen asleep, you shouldn’t just order naps haphazardly; they need to be timed perfectly. When riding on the plane with children, I aim for them to nap before we land to take away the anxiety of a rocky landing. This also prevents boredom from waiting to exit the plane after it his landed.
Don’t forget to pack your tablets and books while traveling this weekend. Remember that any trip longer than five minutes seems like forever to a kid, so use those tips to help!