Don’t Let Your Brood Get Bored While Traveling!
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It’s August, and that means there’s just enough time for One.Last.EPIC.family vacation. Book your plane tickets and hotel, check your passports are valid and head out! And for our European friends coming to the US, remember your ESTA Visa waiver. After that, all that’s left to do is pack. Once you’ve got all the clothing and essentials down, it’s time to focus on keeping the brood busy while traveling. After all, there’s nothing worse than bored kids on in a small space. So, here are some tips for keeping your little ones occupied on planes, trains and automobiles!
Surviving the Road
Snacks, snack, snacks. Eating gives us something to do, so it’s a go-to attention grabber. But no matter how young or old we are, avoid eats that are too high in sugar. Check out our recommendations, and pack some healthier snacks to balance things out.
Paper, Pens, Pencils
Travel time can be quality time! Distractions are at a minimum, so it’s a perfect opportunity to use your imagination, and tell a story together. You don’t even have to go totally original. Why not write out their favorite fairy tale…but change the ending? It’s a nice way to get a little insight into their budding personality, and you get to be creative. If you’re traveling with a bigger group, you can write a chain story. Each person writes a paragraph and shows the final line to the next writer. Once the final person has written their section, read the story out loud for all to hear. There are usually some very funny outcomes.
Crayons, pens and pencils are always another option if your child prefers to draw rather than write. This is also a good option to keep little ones occupied on a long plane journey. Flight attendants are often happy to display your child’s work in the gallery or the kitchen. And kids are more likely to concentrate and take their time if they know the picture is for the flight crew.
Tablet to the rescue
When boredom really moves in and sets up shop, movies, games and kid-friendly entertainment (find our faves here!) can save the day on long flights or car trips. Kids have a hard time with adult-sized ear buds, so make sure you’ve got what they need before you leave. And bring a backup pair! No one wants to pay airport prices for headphones.
Board games aren’t just for home!
There are tons of travel editions of your favorite games—tailor-made for vacation. Some even have options you can play on the tablet. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the time passes when your children get into the swing of things, and you’ll encourage your child’s competitive streak. Hopefully, they don’t get too competitive!
Use these ideas for fun family bonding to keep everyone blissed out on the journey, and you’ll all arrive much happier and ready to vacation!