Travelling with your kids can be an exciting and daunting prospect at the same time. You want to make incredible memories with them that will last a lifetime and continue building your existing bond, but traveling with them can also be tough. There’s so much to remember, and it can be hard not to stress about things going wrong while you’re away or just before. Here, we’re going to tell you pretty much everything you need to know about traveling with your kids so that you are prepared!
Take Things Slowly
Make sure that whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to go, you do so slowly. Taking things as slowly as possible is key to having a great time and making sure you don’t forget anything. For example, it’s crucial you take the following slowly:
- Checking in at the airport
- Getting through security
- Buying snacks and drinks
- Boarding the plane
Then, you’ll need to continue taking things slowly when you arrive at your destination. Leave plenty of time to get from place to place and don’t overpack your schedule. Your kids will need more frequent toilet and snack breaks than you will!
Don’t Pack Too Much
You’ll be tempted to pack everything but the kitchen sink when you go travelling with your kids, but the fact is, lighter travel will help you. You don’t want to have to lug both your kids and your bags around, do you? You’ll need more than you would if you were travelling alone or as a couple, sure, but this doesn’t mean you need to go OTT. Do you and your kids really need brand new outfits every single day? Do you really need double the underwear, just in case? Think about this carefully and be vigilant as you pack.
Book Certain Things In Advance
Although you need to be careful not to pack your schedule too full of things for you to enjoy, make sure you do book certain things in advance so you can have peace of mind once you arrive at your destination. Book tickets to thinks you know you want to see, transport to and from the airport, and tours to help you get your bearings. You’ll also want to book your Hdb rental or hotel in advance, making sure everything is confirmed and good to go before you travel. Don’t forget to see if there are child discounts before you buy!
Explain The Trip To Your Kids Ahead Of Time
Kids can feel icky about being out of their routines, so explain the trip to them ahead of time. Make sure they know what to expect and the kind of things that they’ll be doing. Show them pictures and videos and help them to get excited for it!
Accept That Certain Things Can And Probably Will Go Wrong
When you’re travelling with kids, an unfortunate fact is that certain things can and probably will go wrong. Tantrums over the smallest things, sunburn, hangry outbursts, lost phones and toys – the list goes on. Don’t expect this trip to be ‘perfect’, because there’s no such thing and it won’t be. Just go with the flow.
Share Child Watching Duties With Another Person
If you’re traveling with another adult, share those duties with another person. If you’re off getting tickets, the other person should be on the ball and know that they are in charge of the kids now. Losing sight of the kids on a trip, even if just for a few moments can be terrifying. Don’t let it happen to you!
Make Sure Your Kids Have Your Contact Information
Your kids should all have your contact information written down somewhere. Put notes in their pockets, or somewhere they know where it is. It should have your name, number, hotel you’re staying at, email address, and any other relevant information. You just never know what might happen.
Find Ways To Keep Your Kids Entertained
Electronics during downtime isn’t the ideal heavenly holiday you envisioned, but it may be a necessity. They need ways to stay entertained or they will throw a fit. A few episodes of their favourite show or some songs will help.
Download apps, movies, and TV shows in advance. Consider some new books and toys for novelty too, but only small things. Something comforting from home can help them to relax if they are nervous kids.
Encourage Your Older Kids To Keep Travel Journals
Encourage your older kids to write about their trip. You could even give them a small disposable camera to use so you can see the trip from their POV afterwards!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post