Often at times, the trip starts at the airport with excited and maybe nervous children preparing for what may be their first time on an airplane. Thankfully, most airlines will allow pre-boarding for families with young children to avoid the crush of the regular boarding call. Arriving at the airport in plenty of time to familiarize your children with the airport processes will help and will allow also allow them some time to explore the airport. Regardless of if you are traveling by air or by car, always remember to pack snacks, drinks, books and other attention holders to avoid the dreaded, "Im bored" complaints. An extra change of clothes also helps in the event of any travel related illnesses.
Coloring books are a thing of the past. Kids today arent as thrilled by a basic coloring book as children a generation ago. That is because these children have been spoiled by all the fantastic new methods of coloring using the computer or with fancy markers and pens. While you might get away with a coloring book and crayons for a long car trip, dont expect your school age children to sit quietly at the table coloring pictures the old fashioned way - there is a something better around, and they know it.
The repetitive, low-stress, and "no brainer" act of color lends itself to relaxation. The calming effects not only helps to reduce stress levels, but also can help to bring you back to your youth. The awesome part is that anyone can do it will no skill set required! Grab a crayon and you are good to go. You can make it even more enjoyable and have your kids or grandkids color with you. Depending on the age of the young ones they may be interested in the adult coloring books, others still wanting to color a cow, astronaut, or pretty flower arrangement.