Keep Kids on a Schedule: Everyone knows that kids are happiest when kept on a regular schedule. This also goes for vacations, the better you do with keeping the regular meal times and bedtimes, chances are the happier your kids will be too!
Comfy Clothes: Whether you will be travelling by car or plane, it is always wise to wear layers of comfy clothes. Layers are helpful in case of temperature changes in the plane. Also make sure to bring a change of clothes for children and at least a spare top for adults, because you just never know what might be spilled on you when traveling with kids!
Burn Off Steam: It can be tough for anyone to remain seated for hours at a time in a confined space, especially for kids! Make sure to give your children opportunities to run around, whether it's at airports, rest stops, or even walking up and down the aisle on the airplane.
Keep Them Busy: Since the attention span of most young children is about 20-30 minutes, make sure to bring a variety of things for kids to do on a plane, or in a car, such as: books, coloring books and crayons, music CD's and player, portable DVD player. Sometimes packing a few new "travel toys" can be a fun idea, too!
Bring Healthy Snacks: It is important not to load kids up on sugar during long trips, as it just makes it harder for them to remain seated. Some ideas for healthy snacks that travel well are: fresh fruit (bananas, apples or grapes), veggie sticks, cheese sticks, crackers, dried fruit and cheerios.
Don't Over Pack: Sure you want to be comfortable and have all the necessities for your family while on vacation, but try to distinguish what is actually a necessity and what is not. You don't want to be lugging ten suitcases through busy airports.
Whatever your travel plans may be, by following even a few of these tips can help keep kids happy making you happy resulting in an overall pleasant experience for the entire family.
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