Travel Tips With Children Travelling with children can present many challenges. One must be prepared. Bringing along plenty of things for the children to do while on the trip will save the parents many hours of woe.
Children Newborn to 2
Children in this age bracket frequently will sleep on long drives so their sleep patterns will be messed up. Plan ahead for plenty of breaks and rest stops to nurse, change diapers or let them run off some of the excess energy. Be sure to pack a favorite blanket and stuffed toy.
Children 3 to 5
Occupying this age group will take a bit more ingenuity. Help the child to pack a child sized back pack of activities. Make is something unique and fun with minimal pieces for them to lose. It’s also a great idea to include some snacks such as fruit snacks or pretzels for them to nibble on. Books, toys, a few crayons and color book all work well for this age group. Don’t forget their favorite blanket and stuffed animal.
Children 6 to 9
This age group is often times more fun to travel with. Games can be invented such as how many red cars do you see drive by or whatever color you choose. Count out of state license plates or SUV’s or something clever. If the child can read while travelling pack a favorite book or two. Crayons and a color book might also interest this age group. A lightweight blanket and perhaps a stuffed toy as well will help them to feel comfy.
Children 10 to 12
Ah the tweenager. Tweens can be finicky. One minute they still like what they younger kids do and another minute they want to be teens. Be patient. Pack their headphones and some music. Consider a dvd and a player with headphones and let them watch a movie or something. Books are also a hit at this age.
Children 13 to 15
Teens never want to be seen with parents. That makes it all the more interesting. The truth is, they really do love you and enjoy being your kid, they just want to look cool to the other kids. Pack some dvd’s, music and lots of extra headphones. You can encourage them to discuss the trip and sights they will see as well.
Children 16 to 18
At this age, the newness of being a teen has worn off. If possible, let them help navigate or drive occasionally. Let them help plan the route or the trip. Give them as much room for choices as you possibly can and they’ll feel more grown up and willing to be seen with you. Of course, if all else fails, dvd’s, music and headphones are a good fall back for this age group as well.
Travelling with children can be an adventure if one looks at it that way. Remember, children are only young once and one day you’ll look back with fond memories about road trips, even if this is the worst one you’ve ever been on.