Its getting to that time of year where everyone’s starting to book there holidays and trips away.. us included. Along with the joy of having something to look forward to also comes the worries of the journey you have to make to get to that destination. When your becoming a parent no one tells you that the days of just getting in a car or on a plane and sitting back and relaxing… are long gone. Instead it has now become one of the most stressful parenting challenges you’ll come up against.
Travelling anywhere for us has always been a bit of a nightmare . If its in a car on a long journey then its accompanied by screaming, kicking the seats and that never ending question of ‘are we there yet’. Flying anywhere isn’t any easier either spite sometimes being quicker as its always accompanied by crying, fidgeting and people staring (grrrr!!!) The amount of times I’ve said things I thought id never say like ‘don’t make me turn this car around’ like any parent would actually turn the car around after the effort it took to get out in the first place.
Luckily for us thou thru trial and error .. and some awful journeys and some ‘so… that could of gone worse journeys’, I am proud to say we finally cracked it and managed our first peaceful journey as parents (well as peaceful as can be)
So here are a few useful tips which hopefully might lead to you being able to have a stress free journey.
1. Plan Ahead
Try to pre plan as much as possible. Playing it by ear isn’t really an option when travelling with kids. Try to work out beforehand where and when your going to eat and take breaks etc. If flying research place to eat whilst there and if travelling by car looks for possible stopping points along the way, service stations, pubs etc. Takes one less stress away last thing you want when travelling is hungry little ones and you panicking trying to find a sign for somewhere to stop. Try and Stick to your normal meal and nap times as much as possible.
2.Take Some Sweets
This is something that especially comes in handy if flying. Even us adults know of the effects landing and taking off can have on our ears, so can only assume its the same if not worst for kids. Have some sweets to suck on or a lollipop will encourage them to suck and swallow therefore hopefully reducing the pain to there ears. Obviously I’m not saying to give a baby sweets, a bottle or dummy will work just as well. Taking sweets on a journey also has the bonus of it can come in handy as a bribe for the kids.. a lollipop can calm any meltdown lol.
3. Pack A Tablet Or Portable DVD Player
One of our best buys by far has to be the kids tablets, not only are they great for at home but there also a huge life saver on journeys. Before any journey we always make sure we’ve downloaded enough kids film, kids games (ours particularly like the Cbeebies app and Peppa Pigs Paintbox both of which are free and last but not least we make sure there fully charged. If you don’t have a tablet available then we’ve found that a portable DVD player and a load of kids DVDs do just as good a job at keeping the kids happy and entertained.
4. Handheld Activities Are A Must!!
You can buy all sorts of handheld activities these day.. from Handheld puzzles, to pocket size colouring books and stickers . All of which are great for keeping the kids entertained on long he journeys. You can normally find these kind of things in your local supermarket or pound shop.
5. Bring wet wipes
There hasn’t been a single journey out this house that has needed a wet wipe at some point.. even a trip to the super market had required one at some point. Whether it to clean a kid up after eating, or clean up spillages or even to freshen yourself up during a long car journey. I definitely couldn’t leave the house without them.
6. Invest in a mini backpack or a Trunki
These can be used to hold all the things stated above plus lots more. The mini backpacks and Trunkis might seem a little bit on the costly side but are great for travelling with kids. If I had to pick one to invest in out of the two I’d probably go with a Trunki because there a lot more spacious inside, plus they have the added bonus of wheels and a strap for the adults to pull so are perfect for your little ones to sit on and be pulled around on if there legs get tired. If only they made adults one hey!!
7. Expect the unexpected
You can plan everything to a tee …however let’s be honest something with always go wrong. Just trust your instincts and your children’s don’t be afraid to deviate from your plan a little and just enjoy your trip.
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