Whether you’re trekking by plane, train or automobile this holiday season, traveling with kids in tow adds another layer of planning. Use these tips to keep it safe, sane and fun for the whole family.
Expect delays. Even if you’re headed for sunny beaches, the trip there may be paved with rain, snow or traffic. Budgeting rest stops into your itinerary is smart, but when hunger hits and it’s bumper to bumper, you’ll be happy you packed a snack bag. Fill it up with healthy, non-perishable, portable foods like dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots), nuts, granola bars, apples, bananas and easy-to-peel clementines, now in season. And don’t forget to pack an empty bag for easy clean up.
Make it a game. I Spy is great for any mode of travel, and gets kids to focus on details, a fun and important lesson for emerging elementary school writers. Mini-versions of their favorite games, like UNO, Connect Four or Scrabble are a good way to pass the time too.
Accidents happen, whether it’s spilled yogurt or a long line at the bathroom, so have a change of clothing ready for kids of all ages. Toss in some zip-top bags too, so you’ll have a place to store soiled clothing.
Night-time travel. If you’re hitting the road, or will be en route, during your little one’s bedtime, dress them in pajamas or loose-fitting clothing and pack a favorite blanket, to help them fall into a more comfortable slumber.