The Mommy Files: De-Stress Holiday Travel
The holidays are supposed to be a time of great enjoyment for families. We get together, we cook together, we eat together, we catch up on each other’s lives.
In theory, it’s all very sweet and fun, isn’t it?
Too bad it often involves traveling by plane, train or car. It often means entertaining kids in a variety of situations. Long lines at the airports, hours in the car and delayed trains to take us out of town.
Here’s some excellent ideas on ways to make traveling for the holidays just a bit easier.
If you’ll be traveling by plane, you’ll want to take advantage of Parenting’s article 50 Ways to Entertain Kids on an Airplane. From earthworm crayons and magnetic faces to finger puppets and chopsticks, this list not only includes some very inventive ways to keep the kids busy, it also includes a list of items you can’t bring on the plane thanks to strict TSA regulations.
Traveling by car? You’ll want to read up on the ways to survive a road trip with kids. And if you live in a cooler climate and plan to travel with baby or toddler, it’s a good idea to pack a special bag of clothes that includes lots of layers and an emergency clothing kit with a few changes of cold-weather clothes, just in case you break down.
Finally, as a single parent for several years with my oldest was a little girl, I know how difficult it can be traveling solo. Actually, I can still relate because I just took both kids on a week-long trip that involved several layovers; it was no easy feat.
Check out ways to survive single parent travel before you hit the road.