Posted by Michael Hixson on December 20, 2013
Traveling with the entire family will require knowledge of basic travel guidelines to guarantee that everyone stays safe and has a good time. You have to make preparations a few days before. Learn about the experiences of other parents and get some techniques that might work for your own children.
You will realize that getting ready will serve several benefits and will make the trip more worthwhile. Your kids will also be more prepared for future vacations so you can have the best time. Here are the guidelines.
Let the whole family know weeks in advance that you’re going on a trip. Tell them what you’re going to be riding, like a car, a plane, a train, etc. Children who are traveling for the first time in a certain vessel or vehicle should be taught about the basics by showing them books or videos on the internet.
Explain to them how the vehicle works such as showing how an airplane flies or how the boat moves from one point to the other. You should also show your kids a map of the places where you will be going to let them know how far you’re traveling. Share how many hours you are supposed to travel.
Prepare a baby carriage for the car, check the seatbelts, check the tires and prepare a spare tire and all the basic car tools. Also fill up the tank with gas and take the vehicle to a mechanic to do a thorough inspection a couple of days before the trip.
Bring enough food and water for the children. They should stay hydrated throughout the trip. Also check the luggage. You might like to put locks on the bags to protect these when traveling by train or airplane. Place the luggage properly in your car trunk to keep them from taking space in your vehicle.
Tell your kids that they should wear their seatbelts at all times. Instruct them that horseplay and bickering are prohibited and that they should try to learn a lot based on what they see. Ask them to read books and browse photos on the web beforehand so they know what to expect during the trip. Also provide them with games, toys, CD players, and portable devices to keep them occupied during the trip.
It is important to make regular stops every 2 to 3 hours for children to empty their bladder. Also prepare the necessary items for babies. Make the trip educational by planning the stops at beautiful sights and landmarks then spending a few minutes talking about the environment. Ask your older children to watch over their younger siblings during stops. Also instruct them to stay close to the family at all times and not to talk to strangers.
Aim to leave early in the morning. This gives you a few hours of peaceful driving while the kids are still sleepy. Some parents also start driving at night when the kids are tired and ready to sleep. Give them blankets and pillows to stay comfortable throughout the ride. Also provide booster seats for small children. The children should always remain in the backseat to stay safe.
Bring a first aid kit at all times. Also have the mechanic check the airbags and seatbelts. Check the car to be certain the headlights and taillights are functioning properly. Also orient your kids on what to do during emergencies and road accidents. Teach them who to call and how to respond to the situation.