Traveling with young children can feel like a Halloween horror story if you don't plan correctly. Their bladders are smaller, the may require diaper changing and feeding, and they lack the ability to sit still for extended periods of time. It is important to remember that for every moment you are uncomfortable and can't wait to get out of the car, they have been experiencing up to ten times the same emotion.

Five Tips for Traveling with Young Children

       
  1. Pack Toys (but not too many): Each child should have their own small bag of travel supplies, but if your child has their own tablet or mobile device, you may find that they have little interest in toys or coloring while traveling.
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  3. Don't Rush! Plan your trip to allow for twice as much time as the GPS indicates. For example, allow for eight hours of traveling for a four-hour journey.   This will provide you the freedom you need to stop for restroom breaks, eat at a park, and let your child(ren) play without feeling strain in your schedule.
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  5. Stop at City Parks: Traveling can take a lot out of a child, but when you have little ones who are not accustomed to being inside the car for extended periods of time it can be exceptionally difficult. Stop at parks along your route to allow children to run, play, and exhaust their energy before continuing on your journey. This is especially important when you plan on traveling at night.
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  7. Don't Eat in the Car: Cups and drinks will spill in the car, but more importantly, it is unsafe for children to eat while the vehicle is in motion. Children and adults of all ages can experience chocking or difficulty swallowing and it can be difficult to stop the vehicle to address the situation timely.
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  9. Pack Extras: Keep extra clothing handy in case your child soils their clothing unexpectedly. I have learned that it doesn't matter how old your child is, saccidents happen that may require a change of clothes while traveling. (Motion sickness, unexpected illness, potty accidents, drink spills, and any number of things).

What is the longest trip you have taken with your small child?


Author Note: Pamela Maynard is a local New England blogger and owner of the blog Mom Does Reviews. In her blog she provides her readers with greatest deals, specials, family and parenting tips, as well as truthful product reviews. Follow her on Facebook, or on Twitter.

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