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Travelling with children is way different from traveling alone or travelling with your spouse. The entire process from preparation to the stay at your destination can be very daunting. Most parents usually have a hard time because they employ the same method they used while travelling alone or with colleagues. As a parent, it is important to prepare adequately while travelling with your kids. With adequate preparation, you will find out that the scary experience could actually be a memorable experience instead.
Before I share some useful tips that would help you have a stress-free travel with your children, it is important to consider some factors such as the age of your children, the destination you are traveling to, the number of days you would spend at your destination, the weather condition in the state or country you are visiting, how easily your child can adapt to the change in environment, etc.
Basically, to have a stress-free travel with your children, you have to consider different factors that would help you make the new environment conducive for your kids.
With that said, these are a few tips that would help you prepare adequately for a trip with your kids. Let’s dig in!
1. Don't Rush While Packing
Make sure you take adequate time in packing all necessary items because you may end up not packing the important stuffs which you would need during your journey. Take the time to search for fun things that would keep your kids entertained.
2. Have a Checklist
It is advisable to have a complete list of everything you would need for your journey - what to do during the journey, where to visit and the likes.
3. Pack Important Stuff
Ensure you have important things such as passport (for yourself and your children), confectioneries, toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, baby wipes, vaccines or drugs, first aid kit, etc.
4. Book Hotel Reservations Wisely
Where ever you and the children would stay should be spacious and conducive enough for them. Getting recommendations from others who have been on such a trip would be helpful.
5. Choose Flights Wisely
Although traveling by plane is one of the fastest ways to get to your destination you still have to choose a good seat so you could sit close to your children. To get a good spot, it is advisable to book or reserve seats ahead.
6. Road Trips by Car
Remember to bring fun ‘things’ in cases where you choose to travel by road because road trips could be long and boring. You could play your kids favorite songs so that they can sing along or engage them in some game activities that would keep them busy and entertained.
7. Weather Condition
It is advisable to get some answers concerning the state or country you intend visiting. The weather condition is a very important factor to consider before bringing your kids on such a trip. Can your kids adjust to such weather condition? This information is also important to know the kind of clothing to bring along on the trip.
8. Be Vigilant
They are called kids for a reason. It is important to keep an eye on your children all the way through the journey and even at your destination. Kids are naturally inquisitive; it is your job as the parent or guardian to keep them in check so that they do not get lost in their wanderlust.
9. Keep them Engaged
Boredom is the worst companion you would want on a trip with your kids. Therefore, you should be prepared to keep them busy with fun activities. You could also give them cameras to capture beautiful moments or things that catch their fancy. A travel journal is another great way to keep them engaged.