Taking your learning on the road is one of the great privileges of homeschooling! Before you take off, here’s a few travel tips you may not have considered that our family learned on our recent trip of a lifetime:
Tips for traveling with your homeschool:
- * Do research your destination thoroughly before leaving. But, write your plans in pencil. Remember the saying “All good plans are subject to change.”
- * When traveling with feisty toddlers, try to break up driving. We’ve found that our Nip Napper has a 6 hour car tolerance. We purposely station our multi-tasking, ever-entertaining older sibling next to him with the job of rotating lap sized puzzles, coloring books, reading books and toys to help quell our little tornado. When getting a bargain price for a motel room, consider this. That cheap room you rent during the week night mostly likely turns into “party-central” on weekends. Consider paying more for a good night sleep when overnighting on a weekend night.
- * Institute a mandatory bathroom break BEFORE leaving attractions. Nothing is more eye-opening (or watering) than discovering your diaper clad child needed a change before you got swallowed by rush hour traffic.
- * Feeling like a hamster on a wheel during your vacation? Make sure to plan some time for rest. Yes, traveling with young children is a lot of work, but, you need to relax as much as possible at least for a period of time. There’s nothing worse than a crabby parent!
- * If the need arises for a doctor to treat a minor illness during traveling, many CVS and Walgreens offer walk-in clinics for a fraction of Urgi-care and Emergency room costs.