Friday, August 24, 2012

Tips to Help You Travel with Young Children

When you take a vacation with the whole family, so much planning and organization is involved it almost seems like it’s too much work for what it’s worth! Especially if you have young children in the family; keeping them entertained and happy during the journey can tire you out before you get to your destination. But once you get on holiday, it not only recharges your batteries but it’s so beneficial for the children too – so don’t let the thought of a stressful journey put you off! 
Here are some tips to help you look after and entertain your children when you’re traveling:
Stay Calm
First thing to remember: try and keep your cool. I know it’s easier said than done, but if any hiccups occur in your journey, such as delayed flights or traffic jams and you become irritable your children will pick up on that tension and display their own negative behavior. Staying calm and positive will help your children to settle, even if you have to spend hours in the airport. If you do have a long delay, reiterate to them why they are there; tell them about the exciting adventure they are on! 
Delays and stress is where kids can come unstuck and start throwing tantrums, so make it as easy as possible for them. Dress them in comfortable clothing – maybe even get a top and use a t-shirt printing company to personalize the date of your trip so your kids feel even more excited! If you have more than one child you could dress them in the similar bright colors so it’s easier to keep an eye on them.
Keep Them Entertained
Entertainment is key when it comes to keeping the kids occupied as there is a lot of waiting around when you’re traveling– and you might have to be pretty tactical! Coloring books, paper and pens are great as you can use them for playing games or just for your kids to have some quiet time. Bringing a couple of books is probably a good idea, maybe one old favorite and one new one to keep them entertained when they’re on holiday as well as on the journey. It’s probably best to take an old favorite toy with you too, to help your child feel comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings. Once you’re on the plane and your child is getting a little bit antsy again, this is when you bring out your secret weapon – a new toy! It doesn’t have to be big or particularly expensive, but the novelty of something new will hopefully keep them entertained for a good while.
The change in routine can be disruptive to your child’s schedule, so if you can stick to their sleeping and feeding schedule as much as possible it will help them adapt once you get on holiday. How your children cope with traveling will obviously change from family to family, but as long as you don’t let this put you off taking a vacation. Once you get to your destination all the stress will be long forgotten! 
Danielle is writing on behalf of Banana Moon, an online retailer who specializes in personalized t-shirts, sports kits, workwear and hoodies for school leavers.

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