Traveling with four year olds is a lot easier than traveling with 18 month olds – they’re a little more self sufficient, their attention spans are a little longer, they don’t need nappy changes, and they have their own seats.
Here are 7 tips for making traveling with kids a breeze:
- Talk about the travel part of the trip as an adventure. Involve them in discussions and plans, such as how you’re going to get to the airport or when you’re there let them hand in their own tickets, that make them feel like a valuable part of the trip. Even going through the metal detectors is fun for four year olds.
- Cheska gave my girls one of these backpacks for their second birthday and we’ve used them for every trip since. They’re big enough to fit their essentials, but small enough to carry the bag themselves.
- Pack a lunch box for each child for the trip. Variety is key – smaller amounts of more items. I always include one or two treats too. These lunchboxes go into their backpacks, and they can get them out whenever they want. They love the autonomy, and I love not having to depend on airplane food. The variety keeps them interested. Even if you’re not traveling over a meal time, it’s a good call not arrive on the other side with hungry small people.
- Create a little tradition at the airport. Something you always do while you’re waiting for your flight that your kids look forward to and feel part of, whether it’s watching planes take off of getting a bag of popcorn, to avoid just waiting.
- I always pack a little bag of toys in my girls’ backpacks that they only see when they’re traveling. My girls’ bags still have a little travel doll and it’s blanket, and a toy airplane that have been in there since they were babies. I’ve recently added another doll and little pony. Avoid tiny pieces that can disappear into the void.
- Stickers and a notebook. I say no more.
- This is a recently established tip which came about through experience. Black leggings are a winner for travel. They hide things. When I flew home in December our flight was over dinner time. I had brought heated-up melazane onboard for my girls (not advisable). While eating, one of the containers was knocked and I watched in slow motion as it somersaulted down onto my one daughter’s lap. Needless to say I wished they had been wearing black.
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