Traveling with children can be a difficult thing to do, especially if you are planning a long trip by car or plane. Children usually behave fairly well at first, but as they get bored and go crazy, they will also start to be more difficult and get upset. These tips will help you keep them happy the next time you travel:
Invest in a portable DVD player. It’s amazing how long kids can be entertained with a simple little machine! Bringing a portable DVD player with several of their favorite movies is a great way to keep the kids quiet while traveling. If you are on a plane, be sure to bring headphones so as not to disturb other passengers on the plane.
Always have snacks available. Children are less likely to become cranky if they are well nourished! Having snacks available is a great way to keep them happy, I usually keep the snacks and remove them when they start to get a little choppy or cranky.
Toys can be a great way to keep children entertained, but be sure to bring new toys or different novelty toys. Many parents make the mistake of bringing the same toys that children play with everyday … and therefore children are more interested in all the new things around them (with which they should not play) instead of playing with the toys they have.
Picture books are another good option, as kids like to flip pages to see all of the pictures. However, I advise you to stay away from coloring books, as it can be difficult to keep children from drawing on everything else.
Yes, it can be difficult to travel with children, but it can be very rewarding! You will create family memories that will last a lifetime, and it's worth it!