This summer, many families will be enjoying family vacations and day trips. If you’re traveling this summer, you may be wondering how you can keep your child entertained and happy when they’re away from their normal routine. Here are some tips for keeping your child entertained while traveling.
- Listen to audiobooks. When driving for long distances, a child-friendly audiobook can be a great way to pass the time and keep your child from getting bored.
- Load up on books. If you’re traveling by airplane or train, or your child doesn’t get motion sickness in the car, your trip is a good time to let your child indulge in their love of reading.
- Bring new or interesting toys and activities. If your child gets bored or antsy during travel, a new toy or game can be an ideal distraction and something for them to look forward to.
- Consider relaxing your rules on screen time. If you have screen time restrictions at home, you might consider loosening them on a long journey. Bring some child-sized headphones and give your child the chance to watch their favorite videos.
- Create travel kits. Whether you’re traveling by car, train, or airplane, consider packing portable activity kits that won’t take up much room or make much mess. You can even customize the toys and activities based on where you’re going.
- Give your child a map. Children love to feel involved, and being able to see the journey’s progress can help to keep them engaged. You can give your child a roadmap with your route marked out, or show them on the airplane’s map where you are.
- Take breaks if possible. Whenever you can, take a break to get out of the car and run around, or walk up and down the aisles in the plane or train. This will help your child burn off energy and alleviate boredom.
- Sing songs. Children love music and songs, and a trip is a great chance to sing their favorite songs along with them.
- Play car games. No matter how you’re getting to your destination, you can play classic car games such as Would You Rather? or I Spy.
- Play travel bingo. Create a travel bingo sheet containing things such as landmarks, car colors, or road signs, and give your child the fun task of looking out for these things along the way.
- Pack lots of snacks. Healthy and delicious snacks can go a long way in keeping your child’s spirits up on a trip.
- Talk about your destination. Whether you’re going to visit grandparents or Mickey Mouse, there is likely something at your destination your child will be excited about. Take advantage of your journey to talk about what to expect when you arrive.
When traveling with children, plan ahead as much as you can, be patient, and do your best. These tips for keeping your child entertained can help this summer’s vacation run smoothly.