Travelling is our passion and travelling with kids need not be a hassle. In fact, travel with your little ones can be a best experience for you and your family. It is also edifying for your teenagers as they experience new things, like new cuisines, people and their culture. Though, when you travel with children, it can also be a little difficult as it requires variable schedules, long packing lists.
One thing that you keep in mind that you really need to be organized. A trip with family needs proper attention, and right balance between all day activities and rest time. There are some core travel habits that make travel with children a little easier and save you from going insane.
Determine your family travel preferences
First thing that you need to consider before planning any trip is your family preferences for travelling. Give you and your family a quality time to discuss your ideas and interests. If you are travelling with your teenagers, then you can also involve them in family discussion. As we believe, memorable trips are those where each member of the family experience something new that they love.
Discuss about their expectations and your budget, so that you can have an exciting family trip. Through these discussions, you will learn more about your family needs. Moreover, you can easily determine destinations and activities to suit the whole family.
Creating an itinerary
Another most important step, create a list of destinations and activities that are going to be amusing for all family members. Ask your older children where they want to go, what they want to do during trip. Usually, activities interesting for children and their travel plan are always differing from adult activities.
We believe that having some activities that are pre planned is an easy way to have an exciting and time consuming trip. You also need plenty of rest times. You might enjoy jumping from one place to another. However, children or teenagers are probably not going to have the same enthusiasm.
Pack smart when travel with children
Once you are done with your travel plan, it’s time to pack. Packing for a travel with children can be a daunting task. Prepare a separate list for everyone in your family. Pack minimum when you travel with children. That is because you can always buy what you need in your destination. To minimize your bagging, roll wear stuffs like underwear and other clothes inside shoes. Dress with your heaviest clothes on the flight. Inspire your little ones to choose and pack their own clothes according to their needs.
It will help them to learn travel skills and also help you to minimize complaints. Pack your bags on preference basis. It means what is needed first must be placed on top and so on. Lastly, don’t forget to pack toys. Though, instead of overloading yourself with toys, you can take devices full of games and apps. Such devices are compacted way of entertaining kids.
The greatest thing you can take – whether at the airport, sightseeing or getting from one place to another place is your time. Children have curiosity to explore new things without any time. Therefore, you’re more likely to stay cool in all situations whether you are interested in or not. You can provide your kids with camera. As a result, they can find interesting activity for themselves recording thins around.
Use child locator devices
These devices are very useful in crowded places, like metro, airport, etc. If you have several kids, it’s a must-have. You just attach it to your kid’s belt or shoe. In case if you lose you kid, you’ll get a signal in your transmitter. There is also another recommendation for such situation. You can also write your mobile number on your kid’s hand.
Take your own food with you
Kids are always hungry at most inconvenient time. Always take some favourite snacks and homemade stuff with you on trip. Unsurprisingly, long trip can leave kids feeling hungry and cranky. And you will not be able to stop and buy every time they want to eat something. It is the best way to keep your meal cost down. So, pack plenty of snacks for you and your family.
Visit your doctor
If you are planning overseas and have your kids, then you must visit your doctor at least one month prior to your trip. Take everyone’s vaccination record with you. Also ask your family doctor about their blood groups. Moreover, take a medical kit containing useful thing such as baby PCM, thermometer. Besides, do not forget anti-itching and sunscreen lotion, oral rehydration preparation, and bandits.