TransitWith a little planning and creativity, families can enjoy the benefits of public transportation without the headache. Here are five tips to help make your next commute with the kids a smooth one:

  1. Be Prepared
  2. Basic necessities are easy to forget if you are rushing to get out the door. Create a checklist and set aside the most important items prior to leaving. Be sure to consider items such as books, bottles, clothes, diapers, directions, snacks, toys, wipes, etc.

  1. Locate Restrooms
  2. Kids can be totally unpredictable! You never know when your child may need to use the restroom while riding public transit. Should this situation arise, be prepared by researching a few public restrooms along the route prior to leaving. The more options the better!

  1. Think Light & Easy
  2. Don’t get bogged down with too many items when taking public transit with your family in tow. Consider a collapsible or lightweight stroller and only pack items that you absolutely need to help you get through the day.

  1. Learn & Ride
  2. Try using a smartphone or tablet to create a fun and educational commute for your kids.  These days you will find tons of kid-friendly games and apps available online for free. If your child prefers reading then bring a few good books along for the ride.

  1. Go Cash Free!
  2. Don’t waste time digging through your pockets trying to find the exact amount of fare for your ride. If your transit agency accepts TAP, purchase your TAP card ahead of time with the correct preloaded amount for your commute. This will make it easier getting the kids seated and settled once onboard.

Remember above all, be prepared and plan ahead to make your trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible.  Eventually, you and your children will find a solid routine that works for your family!