Whether by plane, train or car, it’s no secret that holiday travel can be challenging for many families. But you can make the most of this time together. VTech has enlisted The Travel Mom, Emily Kaufman, to share some great tips to keep parents sane and kids entertained this holiday travel season, including:
Do everything you need to do before you get the kids in the car. Load your luggage, service your vehicle and arm yourself with information about the route. Also, prepare a mini first aid kit in case of an emergency.
GET IN THE “ZONE”
Think of the car trip as part of the vacation experience instead of just the way to get to your final destination. Shift your thinking so the minute you pull away from the house, you are "on vacation.”
Make technology your travel companion. Use GPS, apps and portable DVD players to make road trips less stressful and more fun. And avoid the “are we there yet” moment with VTech's new InnoTab 2 (vtechkids.com/InnoTab2). The children’s learning tablet features hundreds of fun learning activities, and mom and dad can easily download new content from VTech’s Learning Lodge to the device right before they hit the road. Don't forget to bring some batteries and a couple of extra game cartridges too!
THE BOREDOM BAG
Prepare a boredom bag. Keep a travel cosmetic case in the seat-back and fill each compartment with age-appropriate activities. VTech's InnoTab 2 is perfect because of its durability, compact size and wide variety of things to keep kids engaged.It includes a camera, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio and built in games. You can also plan a pit stop at a place with a playground or grass so the kids can burn off energy in a safe place.
Plan ahead by preparing snacks that make sense in the car. Prepackage easy foods into individual, re-sealable sandwich bags so each child has their own, and they’re easy to close when they’re finished. Also avoid messy drink options like juice boxes; once they’re punctured, they become a sticky mess. Bring along re-sealable water bottles as well.
SMILES FOR MILES
Finally, be realistic!Many times, parents get the big idea to pop sleeping kids into the car in their PJs at the crack of dawn with the hopes they’ll sleep through most of the trip. This rarely works out and often leads to disrupted routines, cranky children and irritable parents. Get the kids up and at ‘em ahead of the ride so everyone’s fully prepared to hit the road for a fun family adventure.