Have you ever had the chance to travel with kids? Maybe just your niece and nephew? Or maybe a friends’ kid. If yes, then you do know how tricky it is to be travelling with children.
Kids can be hard sometimes especially if what they really want is not being given. Or if they have tantrums and they are in a bad mood.
But kids are kids! We still love them and enjoy their company no matter how hard they can be sometimes.
In their young age, they have little experiences compared to us. It is important that you help make every experience memorable. And that in the process they would be learning, too.
Travelling is a good way for them to see and learn new things. But you might worry about their tantrums. And that the kids were hard to deal with sometimes.
That is why travelling with kids is a challenge and something that should not be taken too lightly.
We have to make sure that they won’t mess up the fun getaway. We also have to see to it that they are in good condition. And of course, they have fun during the trip.
This way, you are not just saving your trip but you are also helping the kids get the most of their travel experience.
As young parents, my husband and I also struggled so many times when we are travelling with our daughter. She’s just little, yes, but a handful at times.
But the feeling of being able to share travel moments with her is priceless that’s why we are not stopping anytime soon.
For parents who are also thinking of travelling with kids, here are 10 essential tips for travelling with kids to keep you sane:
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- Involve your kids during planning.
- Pack as light as possible.
- Do not forget the medicines and first aid kit.
- Bring appropriate clothing.
- Bring toys and books to keep them occupied.
- Use technology for entertainment.
- Bring only one carry-on.
- Go to places that kids can enjoy.
- Do enjoyable activities.
- Have enough food and rest when you travel with kids.
Involve your kids during planning.
While planning for a vacation, you can ask your kids what they want. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to follow everything they want though.
You only have to look into what your kids are looking forward to for a vacation. You might even be surprised that your kids can actually give you great ideas for your trip.
When you are planning, see to it that you always consider your kids. Limit your activities and be flexible with it too.
Pack as light as possible.
Remember that you will be bringing your kids with you. So, do not pack so many stuff that would give you heavy luggage.
If this happens, you will find it hard to bring your kid and your stuff. Pack only items that are very necessary and try to get other items to the place you are going.
Do not forget the medicines and first aid kit.
We are not saying that your kids will get sick during the trip. But you have to be prepared for it.
There are instances that sudden sickness may occur like aching stomachs or aching heads due to travel. Having their medicines with you will immediately heal or relieve your kids. This includes basic first aid kits for cuts and burns.
You wouldn’t want your kids to be in pain or in bad condition while on travel. And a sick kid is grumpy, clingy and whiny.
If they get sick you will also not enjoy the vacation.
And if you can, check out local hospitals before you go. It sometimes helps if you have back-up plans just in case something bad happens that your medicines can’t heal.
Bring appropriate clothing.
One of the most important things you need to know is the weather. You should be fully aware of the weather in the area you will be going to.
Also, anticipate cold and warm ambience even during the trip.
Hence, you have to prepare your kid’s clothing that is appropriate for the weather and temperature. Make sure that your kids will feel comfortable during the trip especially if you have a baby with you.
Bring toys and books to keep them occupied.
You can bring some toys and books with you especially if your kid has a favourite toy or book. But make sure not to bring too many of them. One toy and book will do.
But if you have an iPad or a tab or a kindle, even better. That would lessen your luggage for you won’t need to bring a book. You can download some digital storybooks and let your kids read it during the trip.
Use technology for entertainment.
There are different gadgets that your kids can use. Some of them like PlayStation Portable (PSP) are intended for playing games. You can also let your kids play games, read or watch movies on your iPad.
Technology is your friend in making sure that your kids don’t get bored during the travel. Kids tend to be in a bad mood if they feel bored.
That is why you’ve got to plan in advance on what you can do to keep your kid entertained.
Bring only one carry-on.
Do not be bringing too much stuff and do not bring too many bags with you. Have only one carry-on bag.
This will help you to be at ease while keeping an eye on your kids. This can especially be an advantage for you if you are carrying a baby with you.
One carry-on bag will contain the essential things you need for your kids and also for you. You will need wet wipes, extra shirts, diapers (if you have a baby) and others depending on what your kids really need anytime. Try to tuck in some snacks too.
Go to places that kids can enjoy.
Since you have involved your kids in the planning, for sure you will be able to choose places where your kids can enjoy.
It shouldn’t be just any place. You have to check each place that you plan to go to make sure that it allows kids and it is safe for kids.
You can also research different spots in your destination that would be interesting for your kids and for you as well.
Do not forget to include restaurants in your research so you already have an idea of where to eat. And again, see to it that they have food that your kids eat.
Do enjoyable activities.
Aside from going to places that your kids will enjoy, have some activities that they will love to do.
Activities vary depending on the places you go to. You can also consult your kids on the activities they want to do. If you are still on the plane or in the car or in any vehicle, you can also do some activities and games.
Some parents let their kids create a journal for the trip. You can also do the same.
A scrapbook can also be a good idea. This way, your kids will have a great time trying to accomplish something.
Have enough food and rest when you travel with kids.
The last thing you want to have is a kid in a bad mood. So, make sure that they get enough food and rest especially if you will have a long flight. Let them get enough sleep too.
This is a must not just during travel but even when you get to your destination.
Squeezing in too many activities on your itinerary can be a problem. Kids seem to have unlimited energy at times, but they get tired easily too.
Give nap times and allow plenty of flexibility with your itinerary. This will allow you and your kids time to rest.
Travelling with kids can be both fun and challenging. But the key is, you merely need to plan everything while considering them.
If you do that, you will not have trouble and your kids will also have a good time.
Remember that this isn’t just about your kid’s mood and enjoyment but this is also about family bonding and rare experiences for them.
Make sure that your trip will be memorable for your kids so that they will still remember it even when they get older.
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