Traveling with kids can be quite challenging and if you are travelling by plane, there are many situations, you do not feel comfortable sometimes. Your kid is full of energy, wants to jump around, but on plane, they have to be still for some time and all the extra space you can get on the plane, can save you some hard times. I understand completely, we have been there and it is quite demanding to “survive”. When you travel with children with an airplane, check the following:
1. Are there children playing areas?
When we are looking for our next destination, the children playground areas are one of “must have destination” issues. It of course depends of the child’s age. Most children like to play and most also like the company. With socializing on the playground, you help your child to set the fundamentals for further ability to make a contact with another child or latter, other people. And it is true, a playground is also a very sociable place for parents – you have the opportunity to meet new people and you never know when you meet somebody interesting, maybe a new business partner or just a very good friend.
Here are some games we play and help us “kill the time” on a plane or in a car, suitable for younger children:
• Games with hands
Rock, paper, scissors
• Games with letters
Who can remember any fruit on the letter A, B, C,……….
Who can remember any vegetable on the letter A, B, C, ….
Who can remember “anything you define” on the letter, A, B, C, …..Z
Who can count how many letters A are in the word Potato,….
Who can count how many letters X are in the word X
The safety of YOU and YOUR CHILD is very important, therefore I recommend you that always you are driving a car and your babies or children are with you, you follow these “rules”:
1. ALWAYS, but really ALWAYS have your eyes on the road. If child loses his/her toys and are screaming and crying – DO NOT EVER TRY TO PICK UP THE TOY WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING. That could be dangerous for YOU and YOUR CHILD – the second of not paying attention and the accident could be here. There were so many stories that mom or dad was picking up a toy while driving and the second after there was a car accident – the child survived, but the parent died. You will be no use to your child dead!!!
Here are a few things that could help:
•avoid large heavy meal at least one hour before the drive,
•have in the car some light snacks or just bread (as much as it sounds strange, but only chewing bread helped us),
•have with you a lot of water,
•try to avoid huge activities before the drive,
•if you have longer drive, try to plan it over the night when you child can sleep,
•if nothing helps, have with you enough bags, if you will not have the possibility to stop the car safely.
Ask yourself these questions before you turn around with the hand break 🙂 It could save you a lot of time. Do you ever turn your car around because you or somebody from the family forgot to take something with you?
How many times did you turn your car around so far :-)?
Did you ever travel and your bag got lost on the way?
Or even better – did you forget one of your packed bags at home, when you left home to go to your finally well-deserved holidays?
Here is a tip how to solve this situation – I call it MIXED PACKING and you can do it in a pre-traveling phase.