Traveling With Kids
Keep a few wet washcloths in the glove box inside a plastic bag for wiping hands and faces.
Keep a few wet washcloths in the ice chest inside a plastic bag for cooling them down quickly. The cool cloth on the back of the neck and front of both wrists will lower the body temperature quickly.
Have several drinks on hand in the ice chest so you don't have to make so many stops. And, bring clean snacks with you. Clean snacks are things that don't make a lot of crumbs, like grapes or cheese cubes.
Use Their Energy Wisely
Keep kids happy and let them burn off excess energy while traveling. Let them jump rope while you gas up the car or stretch your legs.
Help kids be less bored on trips and pay attention to more scenery by having them play a game to see who can find the most animals or the name the most different trees.
Prevent Car Sickness
The last thing you want on a trip to see Grandma and Grandpa is for your little one to throw up. It goes on the seat, the car seat, the floor, and all over baby's new outfit. But, little ones are not old enough for medicines like Dramamine.
Simply put a wide rubber band on each of child's wrists. They should be placed three (of his) finger widths from the bottom of his hands - with two of his fingers fitting between the band and his wrist wrinkle. This is a pressure point that controls car sickness, so the rubber bands should be snug but not so tight that
they cut off circulation. Or, you can buy Sea-Band for Travel Sickness, which is a ready-made pair, or the BioBand (only one is needed), which adjusts to any size.
Babies on a Plane
When an airplane takes off and lands, there is a change in pressure. This can cause pain in babies because their ear canals so narrower. Swallowing helps to "pop" our ears. Kids can chew gum for lots of swallowing. Babies can swallow during take-off and landing by nursing or sucking on a bottle or pacifier, lessening or even preventing ear pain.