Traveling with children is an adventure, and traveling with a child requires a creative imagination! I had four children: three boys and one daughter. Overtime, I figured out how to entertain each one of my children. My oldest son, I would give him a pillow and a blanket, and he immediately fell asleep; he was definitely my easy traveler. My second son, he we would cry on every trip. He disliked being in his car seat, which forced us to take more breaks. This was definitely a challenge! My third son, he talked the entire trip. Falling asleep was far and few. He always had the “What-if...” questions and scenarios. My daughter was an easy traveler - she entertained herself with anything. I would like to share some of my travel tips that were helpful on my trips.
Traveling in the car was definitely easier; I had more control of stops and potty breaks when needed. I mapped out our destination with the best route and travel time, and went to my local auto club to pick up maps and entertainment books for the location to where we were traveling. We used travel games that the whole family could play on the trip. One of the greatest inventions was the mobile DVD player, with headphones! It certainly made our trips easier and quieter.
Flying required more planning. I needed more time and certainly more patience. When booking the flight I preferred the Red-Eye and made sure the kids did not nap the day we traveled, which made sleep easier on the flight. And, they were dressed in warm comfortable clothing. Another option was finding flights that had one layover. I know it sounds crazy, but it was a break in the flight. Each of the kids would have their own backpack with its contents being snacks, a book or two, a drawing book, pencils, crayons, and a card game like Uno. We also packed extra clothes, toothbrush, toothpaste, gum and lollipops. The gum or lollipops were for take off and landing, and of course my kids always needed to chew and suck on the lollipops! The second greatest invention was the Game Boy. They had to share the game; each one had thirty minutes to play. This was a great way to teach them time, time limits, and sharing.
They each carried a journal; I would have them write daily about their vacation. My kids were not happy about this because they were on vacation, not school! But I still have their journals today. Whenever they would say, “Are we lost?” My answer was, “Of course not, we are on an adventure!”
My children are now adults and when they travel they pack their own backpacks exactly how I taught them when they were small. They are never lost, and always on an adventure.
Children remember what you teach them so remember to make your trips fun and memorable! Here at Puddlesworth Café, we welcome your travel tips, too!