11 Tips When Traveling in a Car with Your Children

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11 Tips When traveling in a Car With Your Children

1. Bring a small, handy bin or barf bags

I don’t agree with giving kids drugs like Benadryl to sedate them when traveling. The risk is just too high.  I don’t want to jeopardize my kids health over my own comfort. When traveling in a car there is a possibility that kids get seasick…carsick ^_^.  So, we always have this bag in the car. It saves us the hassle of cleaning and then travelling with those pukey-after smell, that’s left even after cleaning.

2. Keep spares inside the car

To save you from stopping and getting supplies from the trunk every time they are needed, keep spares inside the car like clothes, milk and snacks.

3. Load your iPad or Tablet with educational apps

Nowadays kids are into this stuff.  They love it more than any other toys. So to make time fly by, let them play educational games on your iPad or tablet.

4. Extra toys

Kids attention span is quite short. They easily get bored. Bring some extra toys, puzzles, and other handy board games to keep them distracted.

5.  A camera will keep them preoccupied

Give them a point and shoot camera. Children love taking photos (mine do) ^_^. It is also a good way to start them in photography.

6. Never forget the medicine

It pays to be prepared at all times. When travelling we are exposed to all kinds of elements. Kids and adults alike could get sick during the travel. Bring the basics like paracetamol, cough and cold reliever, itch and insect bite cream, allergy meds, and any prescribed meds for your kids.

7.  Baby wipes…baby wipes

Your little tots bum is best clean with soap and water. But there are times when you just don’t have access to flowing water, this is when wipes come in handy.  Aside from this, wipes can be very helpful when cleaning your kiddos food-smeared face and hands. You could also use this to wipe toilet seats, restaurant table, and any other public utilities you’re going to use.

8.  Protect yourself from the sun

Bring hats and sunscreen to protect your skin from all that walk under the heat of the sun. In the same way, car blinds can be a comfort-bringer during the time of the day when the sun is just so cruelly bright.

9. Always keep your hands clean

Keep bacteria and viruses away, wash hands with hand sanitizers or even alcohol (isopropryl).

10. Car broom and dustpan

After long hours of travel whether we like it or not, the car gets messy and dirty. So, you might want to do a bit of cleaning in one of your stops. This would be really helpful especially if you’re traveling in some hot, dusty countryside wherein shoes bring dusts and these accumulate from all of the “going in and out” of the car. I especially take note of this, as my husband and kids are all asthmatic. It would also be great if there are a tiny vacuum cleaners solely made for cars. Are there any? If you have some information, please let me know ^_^.

11.  Keep the trunk orderly

If you can avoid it, never stack your things in the trunk. This would mean lugging baggage every time you want to get things. Arrange the bags and boxes side by side with the right side up for easy access.
Traveling in a car with your children would be a breeze if you take not of these tips.  Happy Journey!
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4 Reasons a Family Should Travel by Car

Interstate travel especially with toddlers is best by car.  We have tried traveling both by public transport and recently by our own car.  So, we were able to compare and decided that by car is the way to travel with our young kids.  We live in Thailand, which is one vast country where states are connected by land.  Traveling cross country like Malaysia, Singapore is also possible by car as these countries are connected by bridges.  For archipelagic countries like the Philippines, the Bahamas, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, traveling by car can be a challenge and needs different kinds of preparation.  For expatriate babies traveling overseas for the first time also entails a different preparation. Check out the link for some help on peculiar situations you might encounter.

 

Here are 4 reasons why traveling by car is the best if you have young kids.

 

You have the time on you own hand.

This is something you have no control over if you are in a public transport.  Buses have designated bus stops. The length of time for the stop over is also limited.  But if you are in your own car, you can stop at any gas station and Seven 11s to change nappies, stretch muscles, breathe some fresh air, or simply rest for a while.  You can even stop to take a photo of great sceneries or take selfies with a marvelous sunset as a background. Sometimes you can drive a bit slow to let the kids take in the beauty of the surroundings.  They would definitely love it.  It is something new from what they usually see everyday. Public commute runs like hell that the surroundings outside pass by in blur.

 

Privacy

Don’t we just love privacy.  Long travels could be a bore for kids. That’s why moms have ready things like colorful, noisy toys, some tiny board games, and packed snacks.  Songs are also effective distractions to make the time fly by.  Now, while we are pulling all these distractions other people together with us in a public transport might find these distracting and or annoying.  Although there are some understanding souls, you can’t still help seeing glares and smirks from misopedists.  But traveling in your own car however, would have you think of just one thing that is to make the ride enjoyable for all. This means packing the necessary things to make the long ride comfortable.  You can check my post about 11 tips to think of when traveling in a car with your children.

 

Hassle free

Sight-seeing, moving from one tourist spot to another by bus or van could get insanely tiring.  Picture this, you bringing your big handbag full of necessities like nappies, milk bottles, wipes, spare outfits for everyone, and snacks; and towing your herd up and down the bus every time. This is even worst if you have to walk to a taxi stop every time you have to go to your next destination.  That short walk could already be like eternity with your big bag and kids in tow.  With a car, you could find a good parking space, walk around and enjoy the scenery leaving your baggage safe inside.

 

Economical

Before traveling to Bangkok, we compared the travel expenses.  Having to pay even for the kids would mean bigger expenses on fare, than paying for the gas.  So, the most economical choice for us is to travel by car.

 

 

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Being an expat has both beautiful and unbeautiful sides to it.

One of these is, we get to enjoy special occasions of loved ones like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, reunions, and weddings on photos and videos.  Although there are real time videos like skype, this could never replace personal, physical interactions.

Second, what’s in and new back home, we only get to know these from photos and news feeds.  We’d have to wait for a vacation to actually see, feel, and experience these changes.

Third, we can’t help but long for some things that we love dearly – like our favorite snacks and our preferred soap and moisturizer. We once tried shipping them directly from the Philippines, but we stopped because the cost is just insanely expensive. However, I found a better, cheaper, and easier way. I found them, from this site.

 

What do you miss about your country?

 

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Dogs are man’s best friend. They have these innate loyalty and loving character which are just extremely endearing.

We had a dog before name Blacky.  Like her name, she was as black as a pit.  She was from a local breed, nothing fancy about her.  But we loved her just as much.  I remember her slick, sleek, short black hair.  She had a long tail that wagged at the sight of us.  So we were totally devastated (my Dad even cried) when she died of old age, at least that’s what we thought.  Thinking of it in retrospect, her health gradually declined after she got hit by a motorbike. Living in the countryside without accessible veterinary help, and anyway, Blacky got up, walked as if nothing had happened, we all let it passed as something okay.

Anyway, I am just glad that nowadays, there are widespread proliferation of information about dogs and other animals.  Even in third world countries veterinary clinics, medicine, and vaccines are available.

Let’s equal our dog’s love and loyalty, or perhaps give even more.  They deserve all the care from us.

Don’t you think?

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So, what is worth fasting for this year?

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Here are some reasons why parents should start thinking of sending their children to an international school.

1. Children educated in an international school are trained to become open-minded individuals.

Learning and socializing together with children of different nationalities will give our children a holistic perspective of the diversities of this world.  As early as the formative years, they learn, play, talk, and build bonds with children from different family backgrounds, culture, traditions, and religious affiliations.  This exposure instills in them great values of respect and acceptance for people regardless of their race, religion, and skin color.  This would also enrich and strengthen their love and understanding of their own culture.

2.  Teaching is relatively personalized as compared to local, mainstream schools.

How is this possible? You may ask.

Classes never go beyond 15 students (at least in the international school I know).  So within the time allotted for each subject, the teacher has ample time to look into individual student’s works and needs. With this class size, classroom management is far more easier, so most of the time is spent doing actual discussions and activities with the students.

3.  Children are prepared to be globally competitive.

Our children will run this Earth.  They are the future of this world.  In this era, the world is the market.  Businesses, companies, and industries are no longer confined within four walls.  Together with this change, is the challenge to be competitive.  Academic excellence is not enough.  Being able to speak more than two languages including English is definitely an advantage.  The ability to adjust, adapt, and deal with variety of situations involving diversities in attitude, perception, and values of people which may only be attained from years of exposure are important as the future looks like one big melting pot of culturally diverse individuals.

4.  Children in an international school acquire English Language quicker.

The rate of language acquisition differs in each individual.  But most often than not, environment exerts the bigger influence.

For Thai students, speaking English is a challenge.  Cable and TV shows, magazines, newspaper, street banners and ads are 99% in Thai.  The medium of instruction even in Bilingual schools is Thai.  Movies and famous cartoon shows are translated to Thai.

In an international school, English is the medium of instruction in the classroom.  It is the language used in the office, in the canteen, and in the playground. This is the best environment for Thai children to learn English.

 

If these reasons are important to you and are now planning of sending your kids to an international school, and you happen to live in Songkhla Thailand, or moving to Songkhla, or living in nearby cities, I might be of help.  I know of a reasonably, affordable, child-oriented international school here.  Please send me a personal message at MitchRyan’s Blog or email me at mitchelle.juaban@gmail.com. ^_^

 

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