As any parent knows, traveling with children can be a stressful experience. Small children need to be fed and changed, and traveling with teens and preteens has its own set of challenges. There are several steps you can take in order to reduce the stress of traveling with children.
If possible, avoid traveling with children on planes. Children have a particularly difficult time with air travel. Sitting in cramped seats with limited opportunities to get up and stretch your legs can be extremely frustrating to children. For small children the pressurized air in the plane’s cabin can cause pain in the child’s ear and lead to a very unhappy kid. If possible, consider train travel as an alternative. On trains it is easy to move between rail-cars and most passenger trains provide a lounge, or reading area, with plenty of space to stretch out and relax. If you do decide to travel by plane make sure to purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel the flight. Many affordable travel insurance plans will allow you to cancel and reschedule flights.
When traveling with children it really helps if you bring some sort of entertainment to keep the child occupied. Laptop computers, and other devices that play movies, can be a great way to keep children occupied. However, playing cards and travel size board games are also great. Depending on your child’s age, books can keep kids occupied for hours at a time. Whether you are on a plane, in a train, or traveling across the country in a car, reading is a great pastime for children and definitely keeps kids busy and fascinated for hours.
One of the most stressful parts of planning any trip is the uncertainty and unpredictability of travel. Traveling with children can add to this stress. Keeping the kids on schedule, children getting sick, and unexpected transportation delays are just some of the wildcards that can come into play when planning a trip. In order to help reduce some of the stress, it can be a great idea to purchase travel insurance. A good travel insurance plan will give you comfort in knowing that, if you need to change something, or an unexpected event happens, you are covered. This piece of mind can go a long way to reducing the stress of planning a family trip.
So, no matter how or where you decide to travel, make sure to plan accordingly and enjoy your trip. Some of the best childhood memories, come from family trips. These are great opportunities to spend time with each other and have a great time.