Travel Tips With Kids On Winter Break

January 6 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000017572812XSmall.jpgIf you've traveled with your kids over the holidays, you know exactly how exhausting and taxing it can be for everyone involved. From deciding on whose relatives you're going to stay with this time, how you're going to travel there and how you're going to get all those presents there without ruining the surprise. It's a challenge, to say the least. It takes a lot of pre-planning and most of patience! Here are a few of my tried and true travel tips for traveling with the kids over the winter break.

- If flying to your destination is your mode of transportation, make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks, quiet games, a DVD player and a few of their favorite holiday movies to make the inevitable wait at airports a little more bearable. Mother Nature can be a little unpredictable during the winter months.

- Planning on packing up the car and heading out to a relative's house or a big trip? It's a great way to spend quality time with the family. You can choose to "unplug" and play old fashioned car games and when that grows tiresome or you can't stand the fighting anymore, everyone can retreat to their mobile devices and a little peace and quiet. One trick I learned with my girls, purchase a plastic bin and buy inexpensive toys and games to give to them every 100 miles (or who keeps quiet the longest). It made the car trip much more exciting for everyone!

- After you've arrived, unpacked the car and settled in, find out what activities are taking place in the community. Get the whole family involved and find an activity that will appeal to all ages. It can be as simple as holiday baking, going to a movie or depending on where you are, a family hike, ice skating or sledding.

If you do have a break, make sure to relax, unwind and enjoy the time with family and friends. And wherever your travels may take you, there's sure to be a Best Western nearby. Do you, or did you, have any plans for this winter break?

Tell us in the comments section below!

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    By rose on January 8, 2012 8:39 AM

    I agree completely with these tips. I always use surprise gifts as a method to keep them quiet and excited the whole way. They love it! I also use my iPad when we are traveling in the car or plane. It is a great way to keep the kids entertained. They can play games, watch movies, and even watch TV through my provider DISH Network. I learned about the Sling Adapter when I started working at DISH and it allows me access to all our subscription channels and DVR recordings from my iPad. The kids can watch live TV anywhere we can get a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. They love this feature and app on the iPad and being able to watch their favorite shows live from the car or plane keeps them quiet for hours. I know having the iPad, snacks, and the surprise gifts are a lifesaver when we travel.

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