Easing Your Child’s Travel Anxiety

by , posted on July 30th, 2013 in Parenting, Traveling With Kids

I am thrilled to have Rachel from imagine gnats here today. A few months back, Rachel made the decision to quit her day job to make blogging and creating her full time job. I’m so excited for her!

Today Rachel, who recently returned from a long road trip with her family, is sharing some tips for helping ease your child’s anxiety while on vacation. It’s something that can be very real—yet, not often discussed—when you travel with kids. -Jen

A big thanks to Jennifer for having me here today! Having just returned from a family road trip of my own, it’s the perfect time for me to share a few tips for your summer travel.

Summer vacation can be a tenuous undertaking when you’re traveling with children. Sure, vacation is fun and exciting and fabulous!! *but* it also means time away from routine and comfortable surroundings.

So, how can you protect your little ones from travel anxiety? First, know what to look for. Signs of an anxious kiddo may include: extra clingy, twitchy, problems falling and staying asleep, nausea, headaches, or stomachaches.

If you’re seeing any of these signs, and you suspect that travel anxiety is the culprit, try to remove yourself and your child from any immediate surroundings that are overwhelming or could be creating a sensory overload. It may be the perfect time to blow some bubbles, practice some breathing techniques, sit still and watch the birds, or just stick those toes in the dirt/sand/grass.

As with most things, some children will have a harder time with travel anxiety than others. Also, certain things may bother one child and not another. I know that for my girls, bedtime away from home can be especially difficult. So we always bring our own pillows, blankets, and plenty of stuffed friends when we’re traveling. Any little parts of home that you can bring along or incorporate into your vacation routine will help your children feel more comfortable.

*Please note* if you notice anxiety symptoms in your child on a regular basis, I encourage you to talk to your pediatrician. You can also find more information about anxiety in children from kidshealth.org.

Thanks again to Jennifer for having me today. I would love for you to stop by imagine gnats to say hi, and I wish you all very happy summer travels!!

xo, rachael

rachael from imagine gnatsRachael Gander is a sewist, mom, wife, designer, blogger, and fabric enthusiast who learned to sew alongside her mom, but lost interest in the craft until her early twenties. She has spent the last fifteen years making up for lost time, experimenting with modern quilting, accessories and garment sewing, pattern design, hand-printed fabric, and textile design. Along with documenting this creative journey on her blog, imagine gnats, Rachael sells her original sewing and embroidery patterns in the imagine gnats shop. Through making, she aims to inspire you to create, to dream, to keep your eyes open, and never stop imagining.

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4 Responses to “Easing Your Child’s Travel Anxiety”

  1. rachael {imagine gnats} Says:

    July 30th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    thanks so much for having me, Jennifer! and for giving me the bump i needed to write all of this down :)

  2. Caroline Says:

    July 30th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Rachel, this is SO great. My oldest daughter is the one of our crew that seems to be the most anxious, although a benefit of having an anxious mommy (me!) who’s spent a lifetime managing it, is that I can help her manage her own little bumps in the road. As she’s gotten older, she does MUCH better on trips. I ADORE your advice. She loves having a snuggly pillow with her and this has been our biggest travel success tip (you pointed it out too–so right on!)

    Off to pin this!

  3. Jillian In Italy Says:

    July 30th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Gorgeous graphics! And beautifully written.

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