Compiled by Daniel Sherwin at Dadsolo.com
Summer is upon us! It’s prime time when families hit the road for their holiday. While the holiday part can be exciting, traveling with children can take its toll. Whatever form of transportation you’re using, at some point they will ask, “Are we there yet?” Possibly multiple times. But with a little creativity and a few easy-to-carry items, your travel time can be just as fun as the holiday itself.
Before you go anywhere, be prepared for potential issues with your flight or destination to save headaches later one. This includes:
Finding out if Wi-Fi is available on your flight. If you promise the kids they can be online but you need to turn on airplane mode, they may get upset. Be sure to load up offline activities on the device ahead of time.
Make sure your tablet is allowed as a carry-on item on your plane.
Find out rules for car seats and seatbelts at your destination, especially if it’s out of the country.
Check out the rules for flying kids, and make sure your airline doesn’t have any additional stipulations.
Safe travel is a top priority for children. If you have a large family, you can make a “sound off” a fun game to make sure everyone is together at airports, ship ports, and other “in between” travel spots.
Before traveling, you should also run through some possible travel challenges with your kids. Talk to them about security checks at the airport, and what to do if you become separated for any reason. Child Safety recommends some role playing as well as a number of other safety tips to teach kids about what to do before you leave.
Car Trip Road Games
Road trips are a great time for family bonding, and playing games are one of the best ways to do that. Some classic road games from Edmunds include:
I Spy: One person finds an item, gives a clue, and then the family has to guess what it is.
Count the ___: Pick an object and count how many you can find. This is a good game for little ones.
License Plates: There are multiple letter and word games you can play with license plates. Remember you’ll need plenty of traffic around for this game!
These portable game options from Travel and Leisure will also keep the kids happy during travel time.
Power Up On The Road
As you drive, reception and Wi-Fi may come and go, so be sure that your kids have offline options such as movies, books, and music they’ve already downloaded. Here are more fun ways to use tech on holiday as a family from MakeUseOf.com.
Don’t forget to bring an extra charger or two just in case. You don’t want to run the risk of their tablet dying in the middle of a movie!
Music For Travel
If you plan to play music for the whole family, choose songs that are meaningful for you and your kids rather than just your favourites. Find songs you all know the words to for a great sing-along. Create a travel playlist of these tunes so you can all join in.
Stuck for some ideas? Here is a list of 50 great road trip songs from Three Boys and a Dog.
Fun And Healthy Eats
Unless you’ve stocked your car with snacks, your kids might want to stop at every roadside restaurant and fast food joint they see. Instead, avoid pricey travel meals and keep your kids satisfied with healthy food options, such as:
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Butter both sides of the bread so it doesn’t get ruined.
Create wraps with their favourite fillings, and wrap in wax paper, just like a fast food wrap!
Make a protein bento box with veggies, crackers, and hummus, or carrots, celery and ranch dip. Use grapes as dessert.
Family travel doesn’t have to be a bore or overly exhausting for parents. Instead, try to make it the first part of a memorable holiday with these handy suggestions You’ll be glad you did.
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