It’s no surprise we travel a lot with our two children, who are 6 and 3. Whether it’s by car, train, plane, or boat these are my 3 must-do tasks that can make or break our trip.
- Get them vested in the trip. Before we even leave the house, we are talking about where we are going and what we might see and learn. We’ve looked up pictures online, looked at a map and involved them in packing. Build up the excitement so they aren’t just droning along wondering when the fun will begin.
- Prepare a big breakfast. My boys can already eat more than this momma. I fear our food bill when they are teenagers. How many times do you get in the car just to hear those dreaded whining words, “I’m hungry!” I usually get up 30 minutes earlier than I normally would want to just to have time to make a big hearty breakfast. Think protein. A couple of eggs and sausages with toast and fruit or loaded oatmeal with nuts and berries are good options. You can do a fruit smoothie with yogurt and kale on the side. I want them so full and completely satisfied that they don’t even want to think about food for at least a couple of hours. This isn’t the morning for cereal. It won’t sustain them.
- Poopin’ Yep, I said it. Putting it out there. This should be number one on the list, but I didn’t want to scare you off. I can always tell when my kids have to go to the bathroom because their minds wander and their little bodies get busy with not minding. They start flopping around or running around like crazy people, doing the one leg kick until they can’t hold it anymore and run to the bathroom holding their bottoms. And the most frustrating part is this could go on for hours. Sometimes it’s the equivalent of them hopped up on sugar. It’s the same behavior at least. So, the number one rule in our house before we leave for any long length of time, is they have to try and poop. And most of the time they are successful and I thank God knowing that major hurdle has been crossed.
How about you? Do you have any secrets up your sleeve to make traveling with kids just a bit smoother?