Traveling With Children
A family vacation is an ideal way to liven up your summer. It can create some lasting memories, but traveling with young children also presents some unique challenges.
If traveling by car, comfort is the key. Be sure to bring plenty of pillows or blankets and plan for frequent breaks to stretch or use the restroom. Keep a bag of snacks within easy reach and don't forget batteries or chargers for the kids' toys and electronic devices. Try to distract them by playing games or having them look for famous landmarks.
Always plan ahead. When traveling by air and try to arrive early to allow extra time to get through the security checkpoint. Bring gum to help with the change in air pressure and remember to have the kids drink plenty of water. On long flights be sure to pack paper, crayons, books or toys to keep your children busy. If you do forget some of their favorite toys, talk to the flight attendants - many airlines keep odds and ends like coloring books on hand to help entertain children.
Once you arrive at your destination, to stick to a schedule. Be flexible enough to allow for spontaneity, but be sure that everyone gets to visit what they want. Set up meeting times and locations if your group plans to split up for a while.
Plan for any special needs that your child may have. Bring extra medication or have a plan to get more in case the trip becomes extended.
Remember to keep a good attitude to help you deal with the stress of a family vacation. Unforeseen problems will arise, but a good sense of humor will let you relax and enjoy the trip regardless.