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When it comes to the happiness, health and safety of our children, I think that all parents would agree that only the very best will do.

originally contributed by travellingwithchildren.co.uk *****

The concept of "travelling with children" came to me as I set about packing and unpacking and packing again all the paraphernalia I thought we needed to keep our son Rory happy during a forthcoming and much needed holiday for his father and I.

Once we arrived home again after a stressful week, having established that I'd packed too much and discovered that half the products and equipment I'd taken for Rory were either impractical, inconvenient or not required in the first place I decided to set about doing something about it before our next trip. Why can't parents have more enjoyable trips and holidays with their babies and children? Help was obviously required but I could find very little and so travelling with children was born and is growing steadily.

On The Road

Map Reading Arguments

Let's get your trip off to a calm and happy start without any arguments with regard to map reading and directions. The A.A. has a first class free online route planning service, which combines clear and authoritative instructions, including mileages and estimated journey times. If you want to avoid motorways you can; and if you are towing a caravan or trailer journey times are adjusted automatically. Return routes are also available, so you don't have to read instructions in reverse.

When to set off

The time you leave home will obviously depend upon whether you have a ferry or train to catch. However, if you're merely going from A to B then try either driving at night when your little one will most likely sleep anyway or leave just before his daily nap time, a far better option than leaving after his nap when he's excited and full of energy - he really won't thank you for being strapped in a car seat then.

Remember to add enough time for those extra stops you will need to make for your child, either to change a nappy or let a toddler run off some pent up energy.

End your driving day early so everyone will have the chance to unwind after a long day on the road.

Midsummer Traffic Jams

Midsummer traffic jams often make driving to the beach a hot and frustrating time, but passengers and drivers alike can be kept cool and calm by one drop of essential oil of lavender on one or two cotton wool balls placed in the side pockets in the front of the car. This oil is not only antibiotic and antiseptic but it soothes the nerves and keeps them from fraying. They won't make the driver sleepy, but will keep him/her on an even keel, relaxed but aware. For more lengthy or tiring journeys the driver can put two drops of basil oil in his/her morning bath, or on to the face cloth after washing in the shower and rub it over the body. This will help sharpen concentration and keep the driver alert.

Remember the main objective isn't to get someplace, it's to have fun times together.

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