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What to pack when travelling with the kids January 31, 2008

Filed under: travel,travelling with the kids — lifestylescribe @ 11:33 am
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While traveling can be considered a solitary activity. It is also considered as a good way to spend time with the kids. But kids have special needs and having them at your backseat or beside you on the plane.

I remember when I went with my brother and his kids on a disneyland trip two years ago. It was chaos even while we were still at the house. The three kids were running from their room to room and were finding something I can’t remember now but I can recall how noisy it was. My brother, a single parent just had deep sighs and was able to manage to get the kids to the SUV and led the kids to the airport.

The scene at the plane was somewhat subtle. My two nephews and one niece were just able to whisper childish insults to each other. When we arrived at Florida, the tantrums suddenly disappear as they were told that Mickey was just a few minutes away.

So, what do I learned from that experience? I was able to come up with a list of the things we should pack when travelling with the kiddies.

1. Headphones

Putting something in your child’s ear can definitely make things quieter. With something to listen to while travelling, you can make sure they won’t move any muscle. But a word of caution, though. Don’t let the headphones for two long or let them max out the volume.

2. Light snacks

The way to a child’s heart is through their stomachs as well. Nibbling or eating along the way can divert their attention from playing around. But it is better to give them light snacks so as not to upset their tummies and make stopovers at public restrooms that are not that clean.

3. Favorite huggables

Bringing their sleeping companion will definitely ease their tendency to play around. Plus, it will contribute to a sound dozing off.

4. Medicines

Taking the necesary medicines will definitely aid you for unexpected health emergencies like dizziness, stomachaches, headaches, and other travel sickness.

5. Portable DVD player

Having something to view while traveling will surely keep their eyes fixed and their bodies properly seated. Don’t forget to bring the kiddie flicks.

Preparation is the key

Make a checklist before the trip. A checklist will let you decide on what are the necessary things you need to pack. Also, plan your departure time. A late afternoon departure will give you some peace since the kids will fall asleep when night time comes. My brother has learned from that Disneyland trip and the next trip six months after that went very smoothly to the point that he was able to sleep six hours on their first night out. He brought all these stuff and it worked more than expected.

Also, don’t forget to buckle the kids securely. A nagging-free trip is a happy thought but main goal is safety first.