them to carry their own small pack with their "treasures"
such as pencils, activity books, small story books, picture
cards, raisins, fruit drink and tissues.
along a small exercise book and glue stick to enable your
pre-schooler to compile her or his travel diary with ticket
stubs, clean lolly wrappers, drawings and postcards.
them to choose one soft toy that will accompany them and for
which they must be responsible. (Ensure it is named and has
an appropriate contact phone number on it). This is especially
handy in "strange" beds and locations.
sickness can be unpredictable! Always have a small drink,
snack and packet of wipes on hand, along with a change of
wrap surprise "incentives" (small toys, books, fruit
juice-based sweets) for emergencies (boredom, exhaustion,
unexpected lengthy waits in transit). Then the fancy wrap
can also be used in imaginative play and recycled appropriately.
a sense of responsibility and ownership of the holiday by
allowing your JourneyBabe to buy her or his own postcards
and stamps. I gave Erin a few coins in her purse (but not
so many that would be a problem if lost or stolen) so that
she could buy items for her daddy and friends.
schedule a rest break each day at a time when your JourneyBabe
(and you, too) need it, and allow for a quieter relaxing day
every few travel days. Many of our rests were had during train
schedule "run around" and "noise-time"
in an appropriate park, at a playground or in a field. On
bad weather days Erin and I found excellent, warm play facilities
at some fast food chains, in a few department stores and even
at international airports. Schipol, Manchester Terminal 1
and Helsinki Vantaa are to be congratulated for their child-friendly
the difference of travel with a young child -- picnics, markets
and simple pleasures can make the journey even more memorable.
Highlights of Erin's holiday included travelling at the top
of double decker buses, in London taxis, collecting eggs at
a farm, and dancing to buskers.
be prepared for emergencies. Always take more money than you
expect to need (or at least cards as emergency back-up) as
well as an international telephone card (if only for peace
of mind). Always keep some form of identification in your
child's pocket in case you accidently become separated.