If you’re planning a last minute trip with the kids–especially during the holidays season–you’ll need to be prepared for the unexpected. Plotting out the details of a trip can be an overwhelming process, especially if you’re overdue for a vacation and you’ve never actually traveled with the little ones. Picking a destination as a family is the easy part, figuring out how to keep your kids happy and comfortable during the journey is a little trickier. From remembering the Dramamine to giving them responsibilities, MommyNoire has 15 tips on how to keep your kids cool even while they’re trippin’ for hours.
Do the Download
These days there are a plethora of apps for youngsters, not to mention kiddie tablets in the market today. If you have your own work to do on your gadgets but you have a few extra coins, cop them their own tablet and download some age-appropriate apps and music to help them bide some time on your journey.
Set Some Roles
Put each child in charge of something to keep them occupied. Whether it’s documenting your trip through journal entries or photographs, they’ll be happy to have something to do.
Keep ‘Em Close
If you’re in a busy airport, there won’t be much to do in the way of exploring but if you have an older child with you, have them take the little ones on a quick walk. And just in case they get separated, write your cell number on the inside of their arm or invest in a child locator before pushing off. It’s a cool gadget that has a remote so if they stray too far it alerts the parent.
It’s the Small Things
Try not to forget the details. If your babies are prone to motion sickness, remember to grab some Dramamine. If they can’t deal with the air pressure in their ears when taking flights, remember the Tylenol. Baby wipes, hoodies and hand sanitizer are some other essential items to bring.
That sugary cereal they had before leaving the house? It’s catching up to your kiddies now. Let them run around and burn the sugar off before getting on a flight or into the car for hours. If not, you’ll have some hyped-up and subsequently whiny travelers all the way to your destination.
You guys don’t have to be slouchy or sloppy while traveling — just comfortable. Whether you’re in a vehicle or on a plane, comfort is key. Dress in layers and pull them off as needed. Also, if you’re catching a flight, try and avoid lace-up shoes and/or belts. Those security checkpoints can be super frustrating if you have to take off belts and tie and untie sneakers. Have them rock overalls and Uggs to make things simple.
Stop. Get Some Rest.
If you were driving alone, you’d probably be “there” already. But you’re not. And the little ones need ample breaks, or again, you’ll have some whiny kids on your hands, making the trip miserable for all of you. Plot out exactly where you plan on stopping before you even pull off, even if you spend a night at a hotel while on the road, it’s important that kids have the time to relax and stretch and have a little outside fun on the journey.