- Have snacks and drinks readily available.
- Give them the chance to move their bodies whenever possible. If you’re driving, take breaks. If you’re flying and it’s safe to do so, talk a short walk in the aisle.
- Pack an extra set of clothes in case of a problem (spilled milk, lost luggage, etc.)
- Take a few small toys out of circulation several weeks before you travel so they will have some novelty value when you offer them during the trip.
- Purchase a few inexpensive little toys at the dollar store. Wrap them in newspaper and dole them out sparingly to your child when boredom seems imminent. Who can resist a wrapped present?
- Bring a few books to read aloud.
- Pack a small pad of paper and washable markers
- You and your child can play many of the games you remember from your childhood even while he/she is safely strapped into his/her car sear. Simon Says (“Touch your nose!”) and I Spy (“Can you find something blue?”) easily adapt to traveling.
- Trade off child care duties with your partner, that way each of you gets a short break here and there.
CSP Spotlight: Traveling with Kids
The holidays are quickly approaching. During this time, some families travel to be with extended family members. Here are a few tips to help you travel with ease with your small children.