This is especially important when you’re traveling with kids by train. For one thing, they lack the forbearance to tolerate any discomfort. That’s why you need to purchase the best seats for them. Consider the amenities offered as well. Kids have low boredom thresholds so they need to be constantly entertained. If they haven’t anything to entertain your kids with, you need to have toys, books, and games with you to keep them occupied.
As mentioned earlier on, trains can’t make unscheduled stops unless you have a full-blown emergency in your hand. Train sickness, diarrhea, headaches, and the likes don’t qualify as an emergency but all these can still make your kid feel bad for a long, long time.
Be prepared for such instances. Painkillers are good as long as you observe proper dosage when dispensing them. Aspirins, tablets for constipation and other stomach problems, and a first-aid kit for any unwanted accident should be included in your hand-carry bag.
If your kid has a pre-existing medical condition like asthma or certain known allergies, be sure you’re prepared for any attack brought about by his condition.
Naturally, bring medication for yourself. Taking good care of your kid is meritorious, but neglecting yourself can only backfire on your kids. With you sick, who’s left to take care of them?
Finally, be sure that you know what kind of meal arrangement to expect while traveling by train. If your kid has special dietary requirements, you should consider calling the train company to inquire about the food before making any plans for your own.
Nevertheless, it wouldn’t hurt to store food in your handcarry bag: treats to reward your kids, snacks to keep them occupied, and maybe a sandwich or something equally fulfilling when they get too tired or hungry.