Going on vacation is an exciting thing for the whole family. What is not always fun, however, is the journey. When you are on the way to your destination and everyone is having difficulty being patient, it can seem like you might never get there.
How can you keep your kids busy while traveling, whether you are going by vehicle, train, or airplane?
To encourage your children to use these supplies, consider buying a new special set of markers, or anything especially fun for each child.
Always have ideas of games on hand that you can all play together. Some easy picks are games such as “eye spy” and scavenger hunts, where each person has a sheet of items they can check off as they find them during the trip.
You can also play games such as one where you take turns listing items to take on vacation that begin with the letters of the alphabet, in order. To take it up a notch, turn it into a memory game where each person has to remember every item listed before theirs, as well as making up a new one for their letter.
Travel Bucket Journal
If your children are old enough to write, give them each a travel bucket journal. Each child can write about their own vacation highlights, the fun things the did, and will have wonderful memories to share later.
Create your own journal with prompts about the destination you are heading to, or purchase a bucket journal from us! Younger children can draw pictures for their entries instead of using words.
Game consoles have gotten a bad reputation, but long trips are one instance where they can be useful. Buy each child a new game that will keep him (or her) occupied for the long trip. Give them time limits, and enforce mandatory breaks in order to give tired eyes a rest.
Music and Audio Books
Having a device to listen to music on is a great idea for all ages. Before you leave, fill the device with music of each child’s choice. If you are going on an airplane, your child’s own headphones can often be used to watch videos on board the aircraft when the airline has them available, instead of renting or buying a pair from the airline.
If your child has a digital camera, encourage her to take photos while traveling. If she does not have one, consider buying a children's digital camera. This type of digital camera is easy to use, cost effective and will ensure that she can take as many photos as her heart desires without having to worry about running out of film.
Make sure that batteries are freshly charged, or take extras if the camera uses disposable ones.
Snacks are a must-have on any trip. The traveling time will always be more enjoyable with something to munch on. Bring items that store well even without refrigeration. Items such as veggies and hummus, dried fruit, granola bars, nuts and cheese sticks are fun and work well. As you know, staying away from excessive sugar will make the trip more enjoyable for all.
Traveling can be boring, or great fun. It all depends on how well-prepared you are for it. When you are traveling with kids, there are many ways to make it more exciting for them. Put these tips to use and enjoy your travels while watching your children enjoy theirs as well.
What activities have you found successful for keeping kids busy while traveling?