Travel Tips: travelling with children (part 1)

Photo: Flickr/ Highways Agency
Photo: Flickr/ Highways Agency

5 Tips for Travelling with Kids.

Taking your children on holiday with you needn’t be a nightmare. Every parent dreads hearing “Are we there yet?” for the hundredth time, or worse still “I’m bored”. You’ve been saving up for this holiday for ages, so you really should not despair. Bringing the kids along for a family holiday rather than leaving them with their grandparents, aunties and uncles could actually make your holiday all the more fun! Here are five tips for making the most of your family trip.

The holiday begins the moment you step in the car, so this is where the fun should begin. If you want the kids to sleep the whole way, setting off very late at night or early in the morning can give you the peace and quiet you need to concentrate on driving and navigation, but for those travelling during the day, it’s important to maintain a level of joviality and excitement. Before bundling into the car, make sure you’re armed with snacks and drinks as stopping at service stations can get expensive. If your child is happy to drink water, then stick to this as spillages are likely and juice and fizzy drinks are much harder to clean up. It is also important to keep your children entertained. Obviously this depends a lot on age, but usual car games such as “I spy” or making funny names out of passing number plates can be good fun for all the family. Car journeys have evolved a lot since today’s parents would have gone on holiday. If you have them, bring all of your children’s favourite books, hand-held games consoles and portable DVD players to keep them quietly entertained. Finally it is important to stop regularly for toilet breaks to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and of course go to the loo.

Your tastes will not always match your child’s when it comes to choosing things to do, however it is your holiday too, so don’t be bullied into spending lots of money on attractions solely aimed at children. Choosing activities on family holidays needs to be balanced. Do one activity which is aimed at their interests at the beginning of the week and one at the end. In the mean time, if your kids aren’t into gardens or museums in the same way you are, try and come up with things to give them to do. Challenge them to take interesting photos, draw their favourite museum exhibit, or just continue playing I Spy to ease the pressure from any unwanted moaning.

Join us again tomorrow for more handy travel tips for taking the kids away with you!