Family vacations are a great way to bond with your children. When everybody goes away together, you get a chance to bond with one another. That means that you can spend some quality time with your children while you enjoy an escape from your daily stresses. One of the biggest issues for many families is getting to a vacation destination. Many children find travelling hard. Some children get travel sick, whilst others just find the experience exhausting. The best thing you can do to make the trip as painless as possible is keep your children busy while you travel. Doing so will stop them feeling sick and bored during the journey. That in itself will mean that the trip starts well. There is nothing worse than starting a trip with someone being sick or naughty. You want to enjoy your family vacation and to do, so you need your children to behave. Here are some great ways to keep your children busy while you travel.
Books and audiobooks
If your children can read already, you should take a range of books for them to read on the journey. If you are lucky, your children will love reading and will spend the entire trip lost in a book. That is an idyllic scenario, but you never know, it just might work. Another option is audiobooks. You can download books onto your smartphone for your children to listen to on the journey. Children love stories, and if you choose an engaging book, they will listen for hours.
Toys that you can take in your hand luggage
When you travel, you don’t have room to take lots of toys and games with you. You need to take toys that are small enough to fit in your handbag; that will also distract your children. Small children will love playing with things such as dinky toys and little cars. These toys will fit in your bag and are entertaining for little children. Older children will want something more challenging than a toy car. Consider taking puzzle books and fold away games that they can play.
If you are travelling by car, you have a world of games you can play on the journey. Making up car games is one of the best ways to distract children on a journey. You can make a game out of spotting different types of vehicles. For example, you might want to have a competition to see who can spot the most trucks on the road. You might even want to give a prize to the winner. Alternately, you could play I Spy or other similar games. Take a look at car games for children online and pick out a few games that will suit your family.
Tablets and iPads
Tablets are iPads are a great way to entertain children. The problem is that children can get addicted to silly online games and apps. You should make sure that you don’t let your children play with tablets for too long. Look into educational apps from your game store. You might find an app that will help your children to learn a new skill on the journey. For example, if you are visiting a foreign country, look for an app that teaches the children a few phrases for their holiday. There are many apps to choose from, and so you should take the time to find the right one for your family.
Planning your schedule
The journey is an ideal time to start to plan your vacation. You want your children to get excited about their destination. When you are in the car or on a plane, start talking about the things you will do when you get to your vacation. Get your children involved in planning the schedule as doing so will pass loads of time.