Tips For Traveling With Young Children

We know that Children - even very young children! - have the capacity to understand what to expect, what is expected of them, and the ability to play an active role in the journey itself.

Traveling as a family is always fun because you get to spend time together, but traveling with children is often difficult and frustrating. Tired, cranky kids can make an easy trip the most difficult in the world.

While kids are kids and do get tired, there are a number of ways to make sure your child has a good trip with a minimum of fuss.

Children hate to have their routine broken, so try and stick with it as much as possible. If they get a story, snack or nap at a certain time, try to stay as close as possible to that schedule while you’re traveling.

Here’s a handful of tips to keep the kids happy when you are traveling away from home.
Make sure you have their medications. This is a no brainer. You don’t want to be caught with out medications to treat things like allergies or asthma. It’s also a good idea to carry a Young first aid kit with things such as bandages, antiseptics and a thermometer. 

Child’s favorite items:
Make sure you pack your child’s favorite items when you’re traveling. Make a list before you leave, and pack them all. If your child wants their favorite blanket, but mommy left it at home, your child will probably let you know he’s mad. And that’s painful for everyone.
Be sure to have snacks on hand in case your child gets hungry. This could include dry cereal stored in a ziplock bag, raisins, bananas, apples, or a lunchable if you have a cooler available. If your child is REALLY Young, make sure you have formula and baby food on hand.

If you are going to be waiting at an airport, make sure that you have something for your child to do to stay occupied. coloring books, game boys, portable DVD players, books, cards, and even some miniature traveling board games should help pass the time and keep your little one occupied.
Other supplies:
If your child is still in diapers or being potty trained, make sure that you have plenty of diapers on hand, so you don’t run out at an inopportune time. Also be sure that you have baby wipes, facial tissues and anything else that your child might require while traveling.

    I hope that these 5 tips for traveling with Small children comes in handy the next time you hit the road. If you have any suggestions that you’d like to add, please feel free to add them.

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