School’s ending and vacation time is starting. Traveling can be fun and exciting. But when it involves kids it can be difficult. However, there are ways to make it easier.
Disposable clothes – If you’ll be gone longer than a week, you may want to consider going to your local thrift shop to pick up some inexpensive clothes. These clothes can be thrown away before packing to return. This may seem like a waste of money. However, the time you save not having to pack the clothes for the return trip and the time and money saved by not having to do laundry when you return home, can be worth it in the end. If you’re flying, this tip could save you money on extra baggage. Pack the disposable clothes in a suitcase you can donate. Then you have one less bag to worry about on the flight home.
Flip flops – Many people like to remove their shoes for long car rides in order to be more comfortable. But then there’s the stop at a rest area or for a meal. Having to put on your own shoes and the children and then removing them again when you return to the car can get frustrating. Instead of wearing tennis shoes, use flip flops instead. They can be slipped on and off with no problem and makes traveling easier in the end.
Snacks – Having treats for long trips is always a good idea. You may want to consider easy snacks that don’t make a mess. If you have the time before you leave, you may want to do something like carrot sticks or sliced apples. Whole apples mean cores in the car. Remember, just like at home you don’t want to spoil a meal with the snacks.
Games – There are games that can be played when your children get bored on the ride. Once they’re old enough to identify colors, they’re old enough for a car game. A simplistic game for the younger ones is a version of I Spy. Call out a color and see who can find it inside or out of your vehicle.
Notebooks – Start a trip notebook. If you have creative children or want to build their writing skills, get a notebook and pencil for each child. When they get bored, have them write about the trip to that point. The pages can be combined once you return home to make a souvenir in your child’s handwriting. It will make for great memories in the future.
Electronics – CD player, iPod, DVD player all go without saying. However, if you’re hoping to make it a family trip with interaction, you may want to limit their use. Make it a vacation from teens with buds to teens having a conversation with you.
If you have any other suggestions, feel free to add them in the comment section below.