Heading out to an exhilarating adventure with your kids can bring immense challenges. Even though they might be extremely delighted for going on a road trip, you are well aware that all of you as a family need to succumb to a long drive, constant breaks, delayed flights, and nervous screaming. However, there is no need to start panicking, since there are ways to avoid a nerve-wracking trip and have a pleasing and joyous time together. All it takes is patience, careful planning and following some of these tips.
Prepare in advance
As a parent, you are undoubtedly familiar with this phrase, but planing in advance won’t only save you time, but it will help you have everything by your side in case of “uncontrollable” condition. When travelling, kids always seem to find something that they want to eat, drink, play or do. In order to avoid any negative outcomes and stressful mishaps, plan and pack everything in advance. For starters, make sure that you always have water and a few juicy snacks on hand in your bag. Kids can be rather unpredictable, so pack some toys, books, tissues and toilet paper.
When travelling you can never know what outcomes can arise that you don’t have control of. Weather is the major factor. On the start of your journey, it might be sunny, but in a blink of an eye, it could turn sour. Pack umbrellas, extra pair of sweaters for your kids, and yourselves. Avoid unnecessary stressful situation if your kids get cold or hungry. What is more, avoid being flustered by organizing your own stuff diligently by exactly knowing what you have packed in your travel bag. It would be a nifty thing to have separate bags or compartments in your bag for important things. Avoid the agitation and stress of not finding tickets, passports, and snacks.
Have fun altogether
Children car seats are meant to keep the kids safe and comfortable throughout the whole journey, but there will be times when they would like for you to stop, take a break, go out of them, and go outside. Taking constant unnecessary breaks can be really frustrating for a parent, especially when there is no tangible cause for one. That is why you should prepare a few fun and entertaining games in order to keep them in their seats. Kids will get more engaged if you play together, and when the game is competitive or challenging. You could play, for instance, I Spy, road trip trivia, bingo games and so on. You can also bring tablets and some other handheld games that will give you some time to unwind and set your mind at ease.
Prepare your kids for what’s to come
One thing that you must do is tell your children what to expect, what kind of a trip you are about to take, and what are they allowed to do, and what not. Of course, this doesn’t apply to toddlers and very small children who still cannot comprehend things. But it would keep your nerves calm once you have told your kids how you expect them to behave. If you are taking a flight, tell your kids what are the airport rules and regulations, and how they should behave and what would happen if they don’t obey the rules. They need to know when they have time for fun and play, and when they need to respect the rules of travel.
Opt for a condo
One way to assure everything you will have a stress-free trip is to book a comfortable, fitting and appropriate accommodation. Staying in a hotel with kids can be rather demanding since not all hotels offer kid-friendly services. For that matter, you need to assure that you choose the accommodation which has a pool, kid-friendly park, or play space. Condos, on the other hand, give you and your kids the opportunity to be free and continue behaving as you would back home. When kids feel relaxed, you would immediately feel relieved, calmer and stress-free.
Let your kids participate
It is already a hard task to organize a trip for the whole family, but you should always strive to remain a happy mom because that is the only way you would be able to keep everything in order. And that state of happiness when travelling can be achieved if you let your kids get involved in the trip planning and organization. Ask them what they would like to see, whether they would like to travel by plane or maybe by train. When you let your kids make a decision about the destination, accommodation, transport, and entertainment, they would certainly be more invested in the vacation. Kids get more excited and thrilled when they are anticipating the things that they have weighed in on.
Arm yourselves with a lot of patience and tolerance. Travelling with kids can be a fun ride, but you are the ones who need to express and show off calmness so that your kids would follow the same principle.