Traveling is something a lot of people, especially families, enjoy doing. But when it comes to traveling with kids, it can actually be quite challenging. So whether you’re driving, flying, or taking another mode of transportation, it’s important to keep your kids occupied. This is why we’ve compiled a list of a few great ways to keep kids busy while traveling.
Traveling isn’t always the most comfortable experience, especially when you’re stuck in a car or a bus. This is why it’s important to make it as comfortable for the kiddos as possible. If your kids are comfortable, they’re more likely to sleep — which gives you some time to relax and enjoy the ride. So if you’re planning on taking a road trip or partake in one of the 751,000,000 annual motorcoach passenger trips, make sure to be prepared. Investing in some good travel pillows and blankets can send your kids to dreamland and help pass the time by quicker.
Technology is going to be your best friend while traveling with kids. From watching movies and shows to playing games, having a tablet, iPad, or computer with you is going to be a life-saver. Platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are reaching more younger audiences than ever before — in fact, YouTube videos reach more 18 to 34 year-olds than any U.S. cable network. There are plenty of shows you can set up for your kids to watch or download some games for them to play. Just don’t forget to bring headphones so you don’t annoy other passengers.
Before technology, there were plenty of ways to stay busy while traveling. Playing cards, drawing, or playing games like I Spy and Bingo can all still be great options for keeping your kids pre-occupied. If you’re looking for a way to stray away from technology and bring the whole family together, go back to the basics. Simple games can keep everyone busy and can be used in areas where you may not have Internet access or a charging port nearby.
It’s important to remember that a hungry kid is going to be a cranky kid. And cranky kids are going to do a whole lot more whining than happy kids. So no matter where you’re going or how you’re getting there, make sure to pack plenty of snacks. Just make sure the snacks are travel-friendly — pre-pack them into proper portion sizes and put them in convenient baggies so you can quickly grab them as needed. Keeping your kids fed and happy will help keep them occupied during travel time.
Traveling is a great learning opportunity. And while 78% of millennials say they want to learn something new when they travel, you’re never too young to do some learning. So plan some fun, educational games for kids to play along the way. There are plenty of apps you can download that focus on learning activities. Or if you want to make the learning specific to your trip, consider making flashcards or activities that teach the kids about the place you’re going. This way, you can feel good about the activities your kids are doing while they’re away from school.
Keeping kids busy while traveling isn’t always an easy task. But hopefully, these tips will help you fend off boredom and keep the kids occupied in the car or on the plane.