first holiday alone

Melissa - posted on 05/31/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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im heading away in 2 weeks with my son who will be 5. its my first time travelling alone with him and was wondering is there any advice on tips to make us feel safe and keep him entertained

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Yuke - posted on 05/31/2010

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Well, i've done it before with my 3 yo daughter. If ur son is getting bored, try to show him everything new for him. Don't forget to bring his favourite toys and first aid tool kit. I took my daughter photo with her name, my name, my address and my cell number on the back of the photo, and i use it as a neckless. So incase she was missing, and someone's found her, they can contact me (but, i hope that never happens)... Good Luck with ur travelling & have a nice jouney!!!

Stephanie - posted on 05/31/2010

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Good Morning Melissa,
I often travel with my twins alone. Will you be on a plane or in the car? In the car, I keep a basket of toys including crayons and coloring book. At five they are starting to write a little, so walmart has dry erase boards with numbers and letters. They are really stiff and hold up well in the car or plane. If you give me some ideas of what you will be doing, I would be happy to give some more suggestions. I hope you are doing well and I look forward to hearing back from you.

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DONNA - posted on 06/08/2010

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always carry small toys they can sit and play with.Those tint books you can write in or handy.Snacks(a must).wipes(for sure).frequent stops if in car.Picnic at lunch...just getting out at a roadside park,overlook,etc...get them walking or running...it helps both of you.

Ann - posted on 06/07/2010

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Hi, I was a single Mom (she's 16 now) and we traveled with just the two of us. I'd always explain to her where we were going, and what to expect when we got there. I'd clearly explain what behaviour I expected from her in any given situation. ie. You will hold Mommy's hand at all times in the building and while we look at Niagara Falls, etc. Shopping, dining, you name it, I told her what to expect and what I expected of her. That way she wasn't confused and unsure of her circumstance. That should make the child more relaxed and therefore easier to travel with. Naturally, lots of wholesome snacks and drinks in my bag, and lots of books and little games or 'occupiers' in her bag.
She's the best travel companion I've ever had..always happy and cheerful and up for an adventure. She still teases about the time we got lost in a butterfly reserve, while on a camping trip, when she was 5...memories.
Have a great time!
Ann in Canada

Joni - posted on 05/31/2010

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Modeling clay. I used it on a road trip recently and was amazed by how well it worked. And it's surprisingly not very messy.

Stephanie - posted on 05/31/2010

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Hi Melissa,
Flying can be great fun with your son. I have only flown once with the twins. I packed them a backpack with a magna doodle, crayons and coloring books. Our flight was over six hours and they were a bit younger. Most of the time my son was so interested in the plane and what he could see out of the window, while my daughter spent her time drawing on the magna doodle. The idea of the necklace, that Yuke posted was excellent. I purchased little id bands for my kids, that were like bracelets but they had all the contact information on them. They were about $10. I also used to use little locator bears on their shoes, so if one got out of my site I could push the button and they would beep loudly. Fortunately we only ever got the opportunity to test it. I always take a few minutes to educate my kids prior to each new adventure. I show them what security or the police look like and we even approach one every year when we go to the state fair. Explaining if they are to get lost, they are only to go to one of the men in "those" suits. The police are always great at helping with the explanation. I don't know how it works over there, but here you have to have their birth certificate with you to travel with them. I wish you the best in your vacation and I hope you have a wonderful time.
Stephanie

Melissa - posted on 05/31/2010

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Thanks Yuke thats actually a great idea I never tought of anything lik that. Im not sure if I should take his buggy or not with me

Melissa - posted on 05/31/2010

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Hi stephanie were going on a flight. Were heading to Germany and I thik the flight is an hour and a half not to sure tho.I dont even know what Ill be doing over there it ws just a spur of the moment and I booked it yesterday

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