Travelling with children, are you kidding?
Five ways to survive the family trip
BE SURE TO PACK THESE FIVE TRAVEL ESSENTIALSA snack pack
Just in case an emergency snack or meal is required and with several tastes to cater for, you need to take the favourites. Not to pander to bratty whims, but for peaceful travel take things that airports simply don’t cater for and which are invaluable on road trips. These include corn cakes, gummy vampire teeth sweets and naartjies.A medicine cabinet
While some Panados and nasal spray should do for a regular solo traveler, kids need a slew of vitamins and cold treatments for emergencies or minor niggles, which are very likely to leak and the one you forgot, generally the antihistamine, is the one you’ll have to buy at an emergency chemist in the middle of the bush for three times the usual price.
Mermaids and other paraphernaliaToys to keep kids busy in a car are invaluable for those of the species that don’t go straight to sleep on long drives or for plane trips that are long enough to be annoying but not long enough to have a screen to hypnotise small people. Take several varieties.
Wipes, the heavy-duty kind
Two packs plus an extra stash for just in case. While solo adult travelers can get by on a small pack of 10 in a handbag, kids and their body parts need constant wiping, especially if there is a meal or snack involved during travel, and there always is. And there is always spillage.
Buckets of patience, or safe amounts of boozeChildren will always make traveling that much more stressful because their innate curiosity can cause bodily harm. Think of airport conveyor belts, that tiny space between the stairs and plane door, or they will suddenly learn how to wangle their way out of a car seat an hour into your six-hour drive. Practise calm and deep breathing ahead and during travel time. Or take a hip flask (not while driving.)
THINGS YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO PACK
BooksThe closest you will get to alone, quiet time, unless you have previously arranged and paid for it, is night-time ebook reading. So avoid the extra luggage weight and keep books for solo adult travels.