Posted by: Karen Fowler
While many people plan vacations in order to enjoy time away from home in a relaxing, stress-free environment, many parents find the opposite is true when it comes to traveling with children. Whether on a plane or a long train or car ride, knowing how to keep children occupied can prevent stress and boredom and keep everyone happy. Not only is it a good idea to keep children entertained during travel, but it can also prove to be a wise choice. Children who are bored during long car rides may become disruptive and make it difficult for adult drivers to concentrate on the road. These distractions can sometimes prove deadly. By planning ahead, providing ample games and activities to keep children occupied and entertained, and making sure children are well - fed while traveling, parents can eliminate many problems before they occur.
Children of all ages can be occupied with appropriate travel games and activities. Snack ideas should include foods that are easily portable and safe for eating during travel. Knowing suitable snack choices for young children can help ensure a smooth and comfortable trip. Likewise, those making long journeys with diabetic children will need to ensure that they have appropriate snacks for the trip. You'll find tips, tricks, age-appropriate games and activities, as well as snack ideas for those traveling during long vacation trips below.
Tips and Tricks
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shares the procedures and policies TSA agents use regarding children age 12 and under.
This page examines steps those traveling on airplanes with kids can take to ensure their health and well-being.
The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh discusses the importance of careful planning before taking long vacation trips.
The UC Davis Health System provides these tips for those traveling with children.
Family Fun magazine shares these ideas for parents to ensure they have a trouble-free vacation with their kids.
Web MD provides these tips for parents traveling with children by car.
Find these great resources for planning a fun family vacation including road trips from Michigan State University.
Stanford provides these tips for parents who are planning adventurous vacations and road trips with children under the age of four.
A PDF from Eastern Florida offers advice for parents preparing for travel by plane, train or automobile.
Snacks
The American Diabetes Association provides these healthy snack recipes for those traveling.
Five must-have snacks to ensure your summer road trip is a success.
The Baylor College of Medicine shares nutritional advice for those traveling on long road trips and warns against using snacks to occupy children.
Le Cordon Bleu provides resources and snack ideas for those traveling on the road or in airplanes with children.
The Beaumont Health System offers these snack ideas for travelers on the road and in the air.
VitaMin provides these snack ideas for kids traveling during vacation time in PDF format.
Children who have diabetes need to have certain precautions taken when on the road or in the air. These tips will help ensure that diabetic children remain healthy when traveling.
Games and Activities
Children can play these car games by themselves.
Find activities and games kids of all ages can play to remain occupied when taking family road trips.
Find geography games kids can play when traveling on road trips.
The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital offers these fun games in PDF format that kids can play when on road trips.
PBS offers these suggestions for parents planning long road trips with children.
The University of Illinois Extension provides suggestions for those traveling with children, including how to make the experience an educational one.
Find games that kids can play solo, with others or with their parents at Kids Health.
OSU provides this list of fun car games for kids to play with others when making road trips.
The PBS show "Postcards from Buster" released this PDF that includes a variety of fun travel games kids can play while on road trips.