A lot of people think once they have kids, a life of travel is over. But that’s not true at all! Traveling with kids can be one of the most fun, rewarding, and memorable things you can do as a family.
Traveling with kids is different than traveling with friends, other adults or even solo. So while it can present some challenges, the key is preparation. So in this post, we’re giving you some tips for the best way to travel with kids!
Work on a Schedule
Travel can be tiring for even the most healthy adult. So it’s going to end up knocking kids for a loop, especially if you’re traveling across a few time zones. When this happens, one of the best things you can do is try to keep as much to your home schedule as you can.
That means sticking to nap times and bed times and meal times. Things might be stretched a bit due to things outside your control like flight times but the closer you can keep your kids to what they are used to, the better.
Bring a Bag of Tricks
One of the biggest fears for any parent who is traveling with their kids for the first time is getting on an airplane. There’s no doubt you’ve probably been on a flight with an unhappy baby or toddler.
One way to work around this is to have a bag of tricks to keep the kids happy. This can include everything from favorite snacks to board games.
The joy of technology today can really help with this. You can load up your tablet or laptop with their favorite shows and educational programming pretty quickly. This can provide a great distraction for most of the flight.
Probably the quickest way to get stressed when it comes to traveling with your kids is to have a tight schedule. As you know, babies and toddlers especially can add lots of time to regular daily tasks. So, make sure you have only a few things to check out each day.
It’s likely it will take you a few hours to get everyone up and ready and fed each morning, so aiming for late morning events is great. Also, as with the first tip above, allow time to get back and forth to the hotel for important things like nap and meal times.
Let your kids soak up the wonder of travel and enjoy themselves. If they get absorbed in people watching at a cafe, all the better! Having no hard and fast fixed schedule can let them feel like they are an important part of the trip as well.
Of course, the most important thing is to have fun. Being able to travel with your kids is a real joy. These vacations will help form the foundation of great memories for years to come. So don’t hesitate to bring your children along on your next trip!