When we go somewhere, we want to know that our trip will go as smoothly as possible. This is one reason why we plan it carefully, make arrangements well in advance, and try to get as much information as we can – not only about the place we are visiting, but about how to get there.
But if we are travelling with children, everything can change in an instant. Travelling with kids can be quite unpredictable, and you have to be prepared for virtually anything. However, when you are going on holiday with your kids for a few days (or merely going for a day trip to a popular destination with them), you should be able to smooth en the ride and make it a more interesting, fun experience.
If you’ve ever experienced driving long distance with your children in the back seat, then you know very well that they need to be constantly stimulated. But if you want to give them a whole new adventure, then train travel is an ideal choice. Hull trains to Grantham, for one, are the epitome of comfort. Although you are travelling with children, it is much easier to rely on a train rather than to rely on your own driving skills, especially if you have a long way to go.
But you can make your children’s experience with train travel more fun and interesting with a few simple tips:
Bring carry-on luggage for each child
It wouldn’t be a good idea to pack everything in one or two big suitcases for you and your family. Whilst having only one or two suitcases might free your hands for other things, it would mean that it would be more difficult for you to get items that your child may need.
Hull trains to Grantham could be a lot of fun for kids
If you are traveling with a toddler, then this is doubly important. Toddlers can become quite naughty if they’re bored – but if they can each have their own carry-on luggage to bring along with them, they can be amused with what’s inside.
Make sure your children’s carry-on luggage is filled with both practical and entertaining items, such as small towels, a game or two, their favourite toys, cards, books, and other items that can keep them amused, such as snacks and drinks. If there is not enough space in your child’s carry-on luggage for snacks, however, you can always take advantage of a train’s buffet or at least its café bar where you can choose from a varied selection of hot and cold food items as well as beverages.
Bring ‘sleepy time’ items
If your train ride is more than an hour, then it would also be a good idea to bring along some small pillows or a blanket for your child. You can even bring their favorite nap time stuffed toy along so they would be encouraged to sleep for a while.
Let your children wear appropriate clothing – and don’t forget baby gear
Children will occasionally have accidents – whether they’re playing, eating, or drinking. Spills and stains are a normal part of your life with kids, so make sure to pack extra shirts for them and place it in their carry-on luggage. It is also good to have your children wear comfortable clothing that they can easily move around in. For babies, it’s important to pack plenty of nappies, extra formula, a waterproof changing pad, pacifiers, and a buggy.