Its that time of year when many of us are travelling far and wide visiting friends and family. some useful hints and tips to “let the train take the strain”.
Do you have a train journey with the kids planned anytime soon? It is understandable if this is causing you stress because it can be difficult and stressful to take the kids on the train, particularly when travelling through busy areas and/or with multiple changes. Here are a few tips which will hopefully make it a bit easier for you.
Allow Plenty of Time
You certainly won’t want to be rushed and have to run for the train so it is important that you give yourself plenty of time. Get to the station with enough time that you can go to the shops and leisurely walk to the platform.
Following on from this, it is also a good idea to pre-book where possible. This means that you do not have to worry about queuing up to get a ticket which can sometimes take a long time (especially during peak hours). You may also find that you can make savings when you book online too.
If possible, you should plan your travel for off-peak times. This will be much quieter and easier for the whole family and you will also find that off-peak tickets are cheaper as well. Travelling during peak hours can be stressful, hard to get a seat and expensive even without kids so it should be avoided at all costs if possible.
It is easy to feel stressed if you are not well organised so make sure that you have packed everything that you need and you know where everything is at all times. It can be easy to lose track of tickets when you are carrying for multiple people which is why you need to have a wallet where you can keep them all so that you can easily access them and avoid a panic.
It can be exciting taking a train journey as a family but the kids are likely to get bored after a while. This is why it is important to have some form of entertainment whether this is a game, tablet, colouring book, toy or anything else to keep them entertained. It is also helpful to have plenty of snacks and water to keep them happy too.
Travelling on the train with kids can be an ordeal and cause plenty of stress. Hopefully these tips will make it a little easier and ensure that the journey is smooth, easy and enjoyable for everyone.