Travelling has its undeniable attractions - the novelty of visiting new places, adventure and amusement. Travel is a time to unwind, to let go of all pressures and explore new places. The responsibilities of a woman while travelling are markedly different, especially while travelling with children or teenagers.
Travelling with a couple of uneasy small children, can take most of the pleasure out of the outing. Children, who are not accustomed to staying inactive or sedentary for long periods can get highly fidgety and impatient. But with a small amount of forethought your journey can be made pleasurable and fulfilling.
It is best to prepare your children for the trip by telling them as much as possible about the journey. Tell them about the different means of travelling there, the routes, the distance and so on. You could give them brochures and get them to read about the history of the locality.
- Take along your children`s favourite snacks like chips or biscuits in small, single serving packs get consumed and that will reduce your baggage and also reduce the difficulty of storing half used packs.
- Carry enough disposable Styrofoam or plastic plates and glasses. This will keep you from worrying too much about having clean cups and plates and allows you to maintain hygiene.
- Carry enough blank paper to keep the kids occupied, so that they can draw or play games while you read a book or take a nap. A competition to draw anything new that they have seen, will keep them well occupied.
- If you are driving, playing the children`s favourite songs will keep them from getting too restless.
- Consider carrying lengthy books for yourself and your teens, to keep all of you engrossed. It saves you the trouble of carrying several smaller ones. In this case, bigger is definitely better.
- Younger children are excited to have their own baggage. Give them their own backpacks consisting of some toys and colouring books. Soft toys can keep them engaged for hours as they carry their friends along, on their imaginary adventures.
- While travelling to a foreign country or a new city, safety becomes a major concern. Give your children badges and cards with the address and telephone number of the hotel you are staying at, as well as your home address to put in their pockets. Also explain how to use these in the event that that they are lost.
- The most wearying bit of the trip, especially when you have children along, is the return journey, so make sure to plan some games that the kids enjoy for this last stretch.