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5 Tips for Traveling with Children

Traveling with children is oftentimes thought of as a stressful event, or even by some as a waste of time, especially with younger children. But why should you stop exploring the world around you when you have children? After all, helping them learn about the world around them is vital for their development and what better way to learn than to let them experience other cultures and ways of life first hand. This way, they will learn more than being stuck in a classroom.

Tips for traveling with children

But does the benefit mean it is worth going through the hassle that traveling with kids can create? If you have some tips, then these issues can be greatly reduced and allow you to not only have a smoother, more enjoyable trip but give your children a better traveling experience too.

What Should You Know When Traveling with Children?

Accommodation

When you reach your destination, you want to be confident it is a child-friendly place. For this reason, it may be worth looking at other options than hotels or resorts. A home from home can help your children settle in better and give you space to relax without worrying about what other guests think of your family or disturbing the peace. This option allows you the flexibility to come and go as you please and give you the space to accommodate your family in a more suitable setting.

If you know you will be frequenting the same area, it could be worth your while investing in a property to become your holiday home. This could be somewhere you visit for a vacation or family members or buy a property in hillview if you need a base when working from home.

Travel

Being able to travel with children is something many parents are understandably apprehensive about. After all, children aren’t known for their ability to sit still and behave like adults when traveling. And nor should they be expected to. Packing smartly to make sure you have everything to hand you could need is a top priority no matter how you travel. Keep to hand items such as the following to make the journey pass more smoothly;

Wipes
Dry snacks
Drinks
Favourite toy/blanket
A cushion to lean on if in a car or a neck pillow if flying for extra comfort.
Eye mask for helping to aid sleep and create a darker atmosphere
Spare clothing
Medications
Spare batteries or charger for electronics
Headphones
Books, crayons, pens and pencils, along with paper to draw on, provide quick and easy activities to occupy their time. You can buy travel games to help them pass the time or put together games you can all play together.

Timing

When you travel is just as important as how you travel especially when it comes to younger children. New experiences and stimulation can upset your routine no matter how old your child is. Trying to minimise the effect this has on things such as meal times and sleeping patterns can help you travel easier with less disruption to your routine. For some, it may be worth traveling overnight so you can be sure your child will sleep for a good portion of the trip. Or setting off first thing in the morning after a good night’s sleep, so they are ready for the day.

Allow Plenty of Time

Always plan for the unexpected or for things to go wrong. As soon as you are running late or cutting it close, the more often things can almost be guaranteed to go wrong. Allow extra time for all of your travel plans, especially for making flight connections. If you drive to your destination, leave a little bit earlier to allow for heavy traffic, additional bathroom breaks or snack stops, or to allow time to park up and stretch your legs. Long car journeys are tough for everyone, especially young children and babies.

Lower Expectations

This isn’t to say you should expect your trip to be a complete disaster. But expecting too much and having high expectations can be hard to fulfill. Explain as much as possible to your children what is happening, so they know what is coming next and how your trip will look and then try to go with the flow. This will allow you to avoid disappointment if things don’t go as planned.

Traveling with kids can be just as fun, if not more so than traveling as an adult as with anything making provisions to help things run smoothly and adaptations to your plans will help you reduce stress levels and enjoy your vacation from the off.

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