You have been looking forward to your family vacation for some relaxation, and it is finally just around the corner. If you are traveling with young children, you might encounter challenges that will foil your plans to relax. However, if you know how to plan for it, you can avoid major meltdowns. Here are some tips that you can use.
Children have very short attention spans. They have no patience. When they get bored, they start to whine. Whether your trip includes a long ride in the car or on the plane, your child will not be able to sit still for very long without some kind of entertainment. Therefore, you need a strategy to keep them occupied.
Pack a backpack with small things that will peak your child’s interest. You can find inexpensive mini puzzles, coloring books, fidget toys, and other knick-knacks that will keep his mind and hands occupied. Do not let your child see what you have in your bag. As soon as you get a signal from your child that he might be getting bored, take out one of these items and keep him engaged.
A hungry child is a grumpy child. Pack along some of your child’s favorite snacks and some fruits. Keep these on hand so you can take them out easily on demand. Avoid giving him junk food because the sugar and salt content will make him feel worse. Nuts, cheese and crackers, or mini sandwiches will be more satisfying.
Have your child choose one of his small stuffed animals as his travel companion. This can comfort your child if he gets into an unpleasant mood. Direct his attention to taking care of his animal friend so he will not dwell on his own grumpy feelings.
Naps can do wonders. Pack his favorite blankie and a neck pillow. If you see your child getting sleepy, encourage him to take a nap. Position his head comfortably on the neck pillow. Tuck him in with his blankie and his animal friend. On your mobile device, you can play some soft music. If you use aromatherapy, pack along a sachet with lavender. The gentle scent can calm and soothe the senses and will help your child fall asleep. Not to mention, it can relax you as well.
Traveling with a small child does not have to be nightmare. Use some of the tips above, and you can avoid meltdowns that can spoil your trip.