With the holidays coming up super quick, I’m sure you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to keep your sanity with kids while traveling, right? I mean, between “Are we there yet?,” “Johnny won’t stop touching/looking/pinching/staring at me!,” and “I have to go to the bathroom!” by the time we finally get to our destination, we’re ready to pull out all of our hair, and probably some of our kids’ hair, too! I’ve come up with a list of a few things you can do to try to eliminate some of those annoyances, and make your holiday trip a little easier.
7 Activities to Make Travel Easier with Kids
- iPad or any other tablet or a smart phone.
Load up your tablet or phone with games, books, movies, or even math or other educational things that can be used offline. That should keep them busy for a while, but do NOT forget the charger!
- Play games
Nothing is more fun than I Spy, or trying to find at least one license plate from every single state. Extra credit if you find a car from Hawaii, or another country! At night, you can play Padiddle (cars with one headlight) until everyone falls asleep. You can even purchase games to be played on road trips online and in stores.
- Portable DVD players
Bring along their favorites. Make sure that those favorites are movies or television shows that they all show interest in, or that might be another bone of contention back there, and no one wants that. If they don’t share the same taste in movies or shows, have them take turns.
- Plan pit stops
Make sure that you have your bathroom breaks planned out in advance, with time left in for stops for emergencies or diaper changes if you have wee ones. That way when they complain, you can tell them an approximation of when you’ll be at the next one.
- Bring a cooler with snacks
Make sure there’s enough food to make everyone happy. That way they don’t want to stop at every fast food joint you come across. Fill it with veggies, fruits, juice boxes, water bottles, lunch meats, bread, and soda (if you allow soda). This will limit the amount of money that you’re spending while on the road, and everyone has access to something to tide them over until the next meal time.
- If you’re staying overnight at a hotel, try to find one with a pool
This will give them something to look forward to, (and bribe them with during the ride), plus it will wear them out, and they’ll sleep much better this way, and get some of that unused energy out from sitting in the car all day long. It might be a little more expensive, but in the long run, I’d say it’s worth it.
- Use the “Clip up/Clip down” method that most of them know from school
Grab a bag of laundry clips from the dollar store and either write each child’s name on one, or color them different colors for each child. Place each clip on your sun visor, and let them know that for each infraction that they have that their clip will find its way off of your visor (you can either work their way down, or just pull them off and replace them). Once that happens, they’ll have so many minutes to correct their behavior, or face consequences. (ie: if you’re going to a hotel, they lose so many minutes of swim time, take their phone or tablet for a set amount of time, make them sit on the sofa or chair when you arrive at your destination for an allotted amount of time, etc.). If their clip can stay up for so long, then they receive a reward.
When things get rough, just remember, this too shall pass, and you’ll miss the noises coming from the backseat someday…I think.
How do you keep the kids occupied when you’re traveling? Share with us in the comments below!
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