Summer is drawing to a close and it seems like most everyone has taken their summer trips. We’re just getting started, though. We will be taking our six kids on a plane tomorrow to head to the Motherland (a.k.a. Utah). What I’ve learned about plane travel is to wear shoes that slip off and on easily and to not unwrap all the little toys I’ve bought for my kids (the unwrapping kills five minutes right there.)
Car travel seems to be a bigger obstacle. It takes a lot longer than a plane ride usually, and there is a lot of room for annoying and obnoxious behavior where kids are concerned (sibling rivalry to the tenth power!)
We have a DVD player in our car, but I hate to keep it going full time. Growing up we endured yearly drives across the country and I really grew to appreciate the simple things like reading and looking out the window at the changing scenery. I feel like my kids should have that same experience, but turning off the DVD player seems to punish the parents more than the kids.
I read that staying hydrated is really important, so on our last car trip I drained my water bottle regularly. Which meant that I had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the New Mexico desert more than once. So now I have decided that staying hydrated is maybe not the best idea for the two days we are stuck in the car.
What secrets have you learned travelling, either with kids or without? Has anybody ever given you really great (or really awful) advice ?