Traveling With the Kids

Posted on February 28, 2009 @ 3:24 am
by Fred Ibenshaus

If you are planning a family holiday then you may be wondering how to make it as enjoyable as possible. You need a place which will cater for both you and the kids and you ideally need somewhere which will help you to keep them safe and happy too.

When looking at holidays with babies in mind, there are a number of factors which you need to look at. These include babysitting services, changing facilities and breastfeeding laws within the country you are traveling to. So when you are planning to have that perfect family vacation, always remember to keep these things in mind.

Ensuring That You Have a Good Holiday with the Children

When you are traveling with your children it can get a little stressful. There are various things that you should not forget to take with you, depending entirely upon the age of the child.

If you are traveling with babies then you will need diapers, bottles of milk and baby wipes. These things really will come in as essentials on the journey there and whilst you are at your holiday destination so it is important not to forget them. If you are traveling with older children then bottled water is an excellent thing to have with you. You never know what is in the water that you are drinking abroad and often our stomachs can become sensitive through drinking water in a different country. So, plenty of bottled water and plastic cups will come in really handy.

Keeping Everyone Entertained

Every parent knows just how frustrating it can be traveling with the family. The children constantly ask when you will be arriving and tensions really can mount up. So if your children and babies are old enough, play games with them.

Travel games such as ‘eye spy’ are excellent and they can really keep everyone entertained for at least half an hour to an hour. The alphabet game is also a good one to try where you start with the letter ‘A’ and give a topic for the game. For example, the topic could be ‘cartoon characters’ or ‘movies’. You then start with the letter ‘A’ and one person starts by giving a cartoon character for example, starting with the letter A. If they get one then it moves to the next person and so on. If you cannot think of one but someone else can then you lose that round. When nobody else can think of any more A’s you simply move on to B’s and so on until you reach the end of the alphabet. This game can take hours to play.

Failing that you can always give the children different toys to play with. Coloring books come in handy as do portable DVD players for older and younger children. Ipods are excellent for older children and they can listen to their favorite music for hours.

Overall remember to not drive for more than eight hours a day. You need breaks if you are driving with the children and for your own safety you should take breaks every 2-4 hours. This will help to ensure that you stay awake and that you feel refreshed and ready to carry on. Traveling with the children really doesn’t have to be a nightmare just as long as you give them plenty of things to do.

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