Going on holiday with children can be a great pleasure. Sharing fun experiences with them and showing them new places is great. However, children do get bored easily and while you are on holiday you should be able to find plenty to do to entertain them, but while you are travelling it can be much more difficult. Whether you are flying, going in the car, using public transport or doing a combination, you will need to plan for the journey well to make sure that they are happy.
Food and drink
You will be able to purchase food and drink on most journeys but it is a good idea to have soe with you. Children can be fussy and they may not be happy about eating and drinking things which are not familiar to them. If they do get hungry or thirsty it is likely to affect their mood and they could get grumpy which will not make things fun for anyone. Think about how long the journey is likely to be and prepare more than enough in case of delays. You may also find that when you get to your destination, it may not be that easy to get hold of food or drink quickly and so having some, if you can, will help. Remember to have some for yourself and other adults with you as well because it will also be easier for you to cope if you have had something as well. It also means that if you get hungry or thirsty you will not be tempted to take some of the children’s things, if you have your own.
It is really important to think about whether the children will be too hot or cold and consider what to do about this. It is uncomfortable if you are not the right temperature and so make sure that they are able, as much as possible to be comfortable. This means making sure that you have think and thick clothing or them and layers to keep them warm if necessary but to take off if they get too hot. It can be tricky to predict what the temperature might be, so it is wise to be prepared for everything. Hand held fans can be a good way of keeping cool and making sure you have sun block and hats if you are likely to be outside in the sun is useful as well.
Sleep and rest
Travelling can be tiring and if you are going a long way, then it may be that children are travelling past their bedtime or that you change time zones. It can be wise to make sure that they get the sleep and rest that they need to make travelling easier for everyone. It can be difficult though so think about what they might need to help them to sleep. It might be that they will need a blanket, pillow or special teddy, for example. You may need to think about making it dark, so perhaps having an eye mask and perhaps even ear defenders or ear plugs so that they are not disturbed.
Keeping children occupied can be tricky when you have limited space for carrying items. However, if you take some paper and pencils or pens, then they will be able to draw, write or colour so there are several activities that they can do with the same set of equipment. You may even be able to do quizzes with them or play other pen and paper games such as boxes or noughts and crosses. Obviously whether this will entertain the children will depend on their age and what sorts of things they like to do, but there are lots of possibilities so hopefully it could work for a lot of them.
There might be some small games that you could take with you. A pack of cards can be useful as they can be used for all sorts of games, both games for one person and for more. You might have other types of card games that you could take or small board games such as travel chess. You can also make up games such as eye spy and twenty questions as well as quizzing each other or seeing who can spot different things out of the window. It can be good to search for new games to take with you that could be a lot of fun, but do make sure that it is something that you know you will like or else you may end up carrying it back and forth for nothing.
It is a good idea to make sure that the clothing you wear when travelling is comfortable. You may find that after sitting for a long time, things start to feel rather tight, particularly if flying. It is also more pleasant to have breathable clothing in case you get warm. For children the same applies, they will feel much happier if their clothes are cosy and loose. They may like to wear snuggly clothes which could help them sleep or something that will keep them cooler. What you choose may depend on the way you are travelling and how hot you expect it to be. If the children are young having a few changes of clothing handy could be worthwhile in case of accidents or spillages.
Older children will be entertained by phones, music players and things like this. These can be a great way to pass time and will mean that the adults will not have to do the entertaining. However, it will be important to make sure that you have everything charged up ready and take chargers with you. You should find out whether you will be able to charge things on your journey and if you cannot, then you will need to take batteries if you can and make sure these are charged up beforehand.
Get them prepared
It is also a lot easier if you can get them prepared in advance. Explain to the children how long the journey will be and the amount of space they will have and things like that. Discuss with them, what sorts of things they might like to do during the journey and see what they come up with. If they understand that it will be a long trip then this should help them to know that they might get bored or tired and hopefully will allow them to prepare for it better.