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Last updated on 10/19/08

What steps can my family take to make travelling with kids less stressful?

Most children like to travel and welcome the opportunity to spend time with one or both parents. If not planned correctly, however, travel can prove to be disastrous. Children cannot be rushed and need sleep, food, and comfort. Know what your child can handle and do not push them beyond that limit. Whether you are arranging air travel with an infant, planning your first family vacation, or looking for ways to get older children involved in a trip to a far away land, the following tips for traveling with kids will help you avoid the all-too-common pitfalls of family travel planning and ensure you make the most of your leisure time together.

In the Jewish Community

With significantly larger families, limited food choices, and spiritual considerations, travel for families in the Jewish Community can prove to be a difficult task. Before choosing a destination, parents should evaluate their children and determine their travel capabilities. If the children would not be happy eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or the like for dinner, it might be better to stick to an area that caters to the Jewish Community. Additionally, safety must always be a parent’s first priority. Although it may be tempting to squish all of the kids into one car, it is not worth it to gamble with a child’s life. Parents planning to travel with children should know what their children are able to do and not do more than that. Travel can be exciting or exhausting; it is your choice.

Use the following links to learn more about travelling with kids. Learn how to occupy your children during long road trips and make travel a pleasant experience for your family.

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