Traveling Comfortably With Children
Let’s face it, it’s not always the easiest thing to do when it comes to traveling with children. I can’t tell you how many times I’m asked when we’ll be somewhere, if they can stop for a bathroom break, if they can stop for snacks, or when we’ll be somewhere-oh did I already say that? It get’s old doesn’t it. You may not believe it, but there are ways that you can comfortably travel with your kids without having to sacrifice your own comfort.
Getting Them To Sleep Comfortably
Okay, so this is where I struggle quite often with my own children. Whenever we stop somewhere to rest, they have a tough time falling asleep because of the bed-it doesn’t feel like their own. There are certain qualities in a kids mattress that make it safe and comfortable for them whereas hotel mattresses may not always feel the same. The best way to resolve this is to bring your own with you or bring a topper that is suitable for children.
If you are traveling in an RV, it’ll be much easier to pick out a bed and keep it with you at all times. A lot of them have bunk beds or even twin sized beds that are easy to buy mattresses for. Make sure you are finding mattresses that are supportive on their backs. If they wake up sore, it’s only going to add to the stress of your trip with the constant complaining.
Keeping Them Occupied
It’s hard to keep a kid busy in the car, but there are ways around this dilemma, you just have to get creative. What I do with my kids is I bring our Xbox One along for the ride. I hook it up to a television and they get to play their games while we’re on the road. Another thing you can do is stock up on crayons, colored pencils, coloring books, paper, and doodle pads. This keeps my girls busy for hours and I’ve even found them sound asleep while hunched over their books.
If you’re in an RV, playing cards seem to be a popular hit along with board games. The whole family can play along, other than the driver. Not only that, but in the RV, you have snacks at your disposal and possibly a bathroom. This will make the trip much more comfortable and relaxing.
Traveling with children isn’t necessarily difficult, you just need to know how to keep them busy and how to get them to sleep out of their comfort zone. It could take a little bit of trial and error, but you’ll get it eventually. It took me many years of traveling to figure out the routine that my kids had acquired and now it’s rather easy to travel long distances. If you’re in an RV, it doesn’t hurt to have a dehumidifier handy to keep those humid nights more manageable and kids less cranky. Humid nights equal sweaty and irritable children, not to mention, it can heighten allergies. Keep the kids happy while on the road and you’ll be less likely to want to pull your hair out by the end of the trip.