Keeping Boredom and Tantrums at Bay
Travelling doesn’t have to be a nightmare – our handy hints and tips will help you to keep your kids happy until you reach your destination.
Holidays are great fun, but getting there can be a little less so. Factor in some bored children and a seriously stressed mum and dad, and you’ve got a full blown nightmare on your hands. Before you decide never to travel again though, we’re here to help. Below are our top tips for keeping little ones amused on long journeys – whether by plane, train or car.
Plan, plan, plan!
Firstly, plan ahead. If you’re going to amuse your child with a new activity every fifteen minutes or so, you’ll need to start thinking of stuff to do. Card games, a round of I Spy and a magazine to read are all ideal.
Invest in a tablet. Not only will you use it, but it’s great for entertaining kids. A film or a few episodes of their favourite TV show will keep boredom at bay for a while. Plus, tablets are easy to carry and store. Just make sure to bring a pair of earphones if you are travelling by plane or train.
Make it worthwhile for them
Reward them if they’re behaving well. Presenting them with their favourite snack or a new toy are great ways of telling them that you’re pleased with their behaviour. Plus, they’ll be occupied by that for a while too.
Travel in style
Travelling can be a form of entertainment in itself – as some of the best train journeys in the world prove. From the Orient Express to the Maharaja’s Express, these trains will impress kids with their luxury and history.
Stock up on food and drink
Irritability can come from hunger and thirst, so keep them fed and watered. Make sure that they’re drinking plenty if your journey is long and hot, and choose long-lasting snacks to keep both blood sugars and moods stable. If you’re travelling by car, factor in a stop or two at a café or service station.
Pack some toys
Bring some toys along too. Travelling can be stressful for kids, so a little piece of home will reassure and comfort them. Plus, their raggedy old teddy bear will be able to have a trip of a lifetime!
Apps are your friend
Games and apps are a great way of keeping kids amused with little to no effort – and many of them are free too! Why not try some foreign language apps to help them learn a little local lingo for your trip?
Be prepared for naps
Pillows and blankets are essential travel companions. If your journey is going to be a long one, then some shut eye will keep your little ones happy. Just be prepared to sacrifice your shoulder or lap while they snooze!
Make a travel journal all about your travel destination. Start off getting your child to write down everything that they know about the place you’re going to, and encourage them to draw pictures and come up with a list of things they want to do.
Let them learn as you travel
Point out landmarks as you travel. From famous buildings to natural wonders, there’s nothing more satisfying for a child than learning about the world around them. Seeing the world from a plane is breathtaking, while travelling by car allows you to pull over and take some pictures.
Here’s to a smooth journey!
So there you have it; how to keep even the most boisterous of kids amused! While the journey is something many of us just suffer through to get to our destination, there’s no reason why it can’t be fun for kids and adults alike. Happy kids make for a relaxed mum and dad, after all – and what better way is there to start your holiday than in a good mood?