Managing Travel Meltdowns: How to Travel Easier with Children

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Managing Travel Meltdowns: How to Travel Easier with Children
Family vacations are suppose to be fun, entertaining, and relaxing. But between making sure everyone has their luggage, supplies, tickets, ID’s, and more, you can quickly find yourself feeling vacation burn out before your plane has even left the ground or car has even pulled out of the driveway!This year, enjoy your family vacation and all of the magic that comes with it. Take a peek below at seven simple tips for traveling with children. Whether you are going by plane, train, or automobile, these tips apply for all situations. You will find out how to keep your kids calm, prepared, and in the end feel the stress comes off your shoulders as well. Not only are these tips easy, but they are all frugal too. You can pull them off in many cases without spending any money at all!Ten Tips for Traveling Easier with Children

1. Take them when they are tired. Schedule the flights and car rides around your kids’ sleep patterns. Leave at night when they’re normally asleep so you can catch a few minutes of sleep yourself or even just get some quiet time. As we all know, traveling time zooms by when you or they are sleeping for part of it!
2. Have an open convo about what to expect. Before you embark on your journey, talk with children about what will happen, where you are going, and how you will get there. Give them a clear plan and your expectations of them. Make them repeat it back to you so you are sure they understand. Explain to them that they are expected to behave and what exactly that will look like.
3. Pack those gadgets.  If you’ve got an iPhone or an iPad, load it up with new kid-friendly apps your children have never tried or will already be bored with. Buy some proper headphones that will fit on your kids’ heads so they can listen comfortably and you don’t need to be bothered by the sound. There are plenty of free apps available, just a quick Google search will yield hundreds!
4. Flight attendants are fabulous. If you are traveling by plane, make friends with your attendant. Would your kids rather listen to complete strangers than you? If you are having trouble getting your child to follow rules, ask the flight attendant to tell them to sit down and get buckled tight. Plus, the attendant may have small freebie items such as flight pins as an incentive for those who behave.
5. Food is your very best friend. Nothing keeps a kid quiet like snacks. Bring plenty of fun and healthy snacks to keep them fueled and quiet.  Snacks such as granola packs, cheese sticks, apples and peanut butter, and even cookies are not only tasty but will keep them feeling full and happy. Plus, they are all economic choices and cheaper than on flight food or drive thru fare! Eating these snacks will also occupy them even if it is just for a few minutes.
6. Be a role model. It is easy to show signs of stress while traveling. Instead, model the behavior you wish to see. Focus on relaxing and enjoying  the trip which will also allow you to be able to be there for your child’s needs. The best way to keep children calm and collected is to model it yourself and set the example. They should follow suite!
7. Don’t wait until the last minute. Plan ahead as much as possible. Spend as little as 30 minutes a day leading up to the trip double checking flight info or driving maps and packing supplies to be better prepared. Keep a list of what is done and what still needs to be done. The more prepared you are, the more you will be able to relax.
As you can see, traveling with children does not need to be a nightmare, nor do you need to invest in any expensive products. It is as easy as these seven tips which will have you traveling blissfully in no time!
So enjoy your family vacation this year, and of course, travel safe!

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