7 Tips for Stress-Free Travel with Kids
Taking your children on vacation can be tons of fun, but can also result in tons of headaches. Below are seven tips designed to help you enjoy a fun, stress-free vacation with your kids.
Kids like to draw, color, read, and play with action figures in the car. A small cookie sheet is an excellent item to bring along for the kids to use. It works as a desk for coloring and drawing, a platform for action figure adventures, and a place to set a sandwich or burger down while taking a drink. Just make sure you make it clear that one of its many uses is not hitting their brother over the head!
Purchase a disposable camera for each of your children. This allows each child to take pictures of those things that are most memorable, protects your expensive camera from clumsy little hands, and makes kids feel more grown up. Encourage your kids to take pictures of each other as well as the world around them.
Road trip scavenger hunts are an old past-time, but you can put a high-tech spin on this old game. Look online to find information about Geo-Caching. When planning your road trip, find several Geo Cache sites along the way to try finding. Tell your kids about the scavenger hunt, and let them help you choose a few trinkets to take with you to leave at Geo Cache sites.
When it’s time to take a bathroom or eating break, find a park or a rest stop with lots of space to run. Send the kids off to run while you stretch your legs. Encourage a game of tag or other active game. Let your kids expend some energy!
Let your kids take turns riding up front in the passenger seat, if they are old enough. This can be a reward for very good behavior, or just a planned fun thing. Just remember, kids under 12 should not sit in the front passenger seat if there is an airbag.
Bring travel board games that do not require electricity. Kids play electronic games all the time, so having a more traditional travel board game can be novel, and fun. These types of games also do not require batteries, so you can save a few dollars.
Once your child has learned to read, he or she is old enough to help you navigate. Traveling on a road trip is an excellent time to teach your kids how to read a map, read and learn how to follow road signs, and learn how to manage an unexpected detour. If you use a GPS system in your car, turn it off occasionally and let your young map reader help you navigate instead. You can also let your kids help you program your GPS. Knowing how to use both high-tech and low-tech means of navigation is important. A road trip is the perfect opportunity for this educational, yet fun, experience.
Prevent stress and headaches while making your trip more fun for your kids by following these tips.