Travel can be a joyful experience, but it can also be exhausting for parents with young children. Here are a few tips to keep your travels on the pleasant side.

For starters, remember the excitement and possible fears of a trip can be exhausting. Curb expectations and fears with brief informative discussions. Parents are often surprised by what a trip to the mountains, the beach, or an amusement park conjures in a child’s mind. If you have a worrier in your family, stick to the positives, but do ask if your child has any questions so you can allay fears before your child dwells on them.

Try not to squeeze too many activities into one day. Whether your trip is something new or a yearly family reunion, it’s best to leave time to relax and unwind for both you and your child.

As for getting there, car, train, boat, or plane make sure you have the basics…

Comfy Clothes - layers are always good.

Healthy Snacks and Drinks – for adults and kids.

Things to do - it’s good to have a familiar toy or game your child chooses, but a couple new surprises to be pulled out when your child is out of sorts are a must. Some crayons and a new coloring book or even a blank book your child can draw in while together you write a story about your trip can occupy time while adding to the excitement of the new adventure.

Lastly, don’t over pack. Make your trip about time together, explorations, meeting people, noticing new plants or animals. Having to keep track of extra stuff gets in the way!

Enjoy. Nothing opens up the world to a child like travel.  

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