“Are we there yet?”
“How much farther?”
“I need to go to the bathroom.”
If you are or have been a parent with small children, those are examples of the kind of things you hear when you take the family on vacation. Some are easy to answer, others more difficult. Some, such as a reference to a potty stop or a feed-me situation, can lead to delays, but require action … quickly.
If you’re driving, the degree of difficulty probably will increase significantly. Plus, you can multiply by the number of little ones on board.
So, is there a perfect system for handling “requests” from the underage travelers? No. Each family is different. Is there a way to make traveling by vehicle more enjoyable and less stressful? Yes.
Here are some options:
Journaling: If the children are of the age they can write, show them how to keep a trip log or diary, day by day. You can make one, or pick one up at any store that sells writing utensils. It depends on what you want to spend.
Keeping children entertained while traveling on a vacation can be a challenge or a simple task. (Thinkstock/Getty Images)
You might slip a postcard or some other visual element into the pages. These travel journals for years to come are great for reliving a trip with your family or sharing memories with theirs. They’re also a good way to improve on writing skills.