Traveling short distances by train usually means having a great time. It’s obviously faster than a car, it gives you an opportunity to relax while enjoying the sweet views and gives you the chance to visit new places. However, if you’re taking your kids with you, that relaxing experience can turn into a living hell, especially if you’re not the most patient person. That’s why today, we’re going to give you a few pointers about how to travel by train with your children.
Before the Trip
Obvious as it may seem, you must carry a bunch load of items with you in order to prevent your kids from being bored, think of toys, table games, something to grab a bite, color books, and even a blanket. Anything you can successfully use to keep them busy.
Choosing Your Seats
If you can, choose the seats you’ll be using right when you purchase the tickets, and we advise you to get to the station as early as you can in order to make yourself comfortable in the wagon right away. Some train companies even feature special wagons for families on the go, which can offer your children more freedom to play with other kids without disturbing passengers. Also, some train companies have a daycare service. Keep in mind younger kids don’t always need a ticket and can travel in your lap.
During the Trip
If you’re all set already, that means the “worst” time of all it’s coming for most parents: that time when your kids can be a pain in the rear for other passengers and ruin everybody’s trip with their antics. So, if the kids start moving all around the wagon, you must use the kit you’ve already packed. Try to get them to read or play quietly in a corner, or even take them for a silent ride across the train. If they’re hungry, give them a snack or two or take them to the dining room to see if there’s something they like, and some trains even have a bottle-warming service for parents on the go as well.
Once You’re There
When you’re getting to your destiny, trains are going to continue on their route, so don’t wait until the last minute to get off your seat, as you must take some time to gather all the things your kids brought with them as well as their luggage, so we recommend you to get up at least 10 minutes prior to your arrival. On the other hand, if you’re getting down on the last stop and are in no hurry to leave the premises, you should wait until most passengers are already out so you can put together your stuff on a calm and relaxed manner. Obviously, you can’t take your eyes away from your children at any time, as train stations are extremely crowded, and they can get lost in the blink of an eye. Follow these tips and we guarantee you’ll have the time of your life with your kids on a train.