Kids bring so much joy to your life and as any good parent, you love them unconditionally. You want to spend as much quality time with them as possible and nurture the best ways you know how to so they grow into well-rounded responsible adults. This inevitably involves you traveling with them for vacations and other trips.
Traveling with the kids though is not easy and even be stressful. It doesn’t have to be that way. With proper planning and preparation you can make travel less stressful even with the kids coming along.
Choosing a destination
The key to a great time traveling with the kids lies in good planning. Remember you have to take care of yourself and the kids too during your travel and this calls for elaborate planning.
If you are traveling for vacations then pick a destination that is child friendly and where they will also find exciting activities to do so that the vacation is memorable for everyone.
If your child has an existing medical condition, then it is for their safety that you check with the doctor if they can travel, particularly to your chosen holiday destination.
More importantly, you should plan your finances accordingly. Traveling with kids can be expensive and you need to budget appropriately. This also involves notifying you bank of your travel plans so they don’t block your credit cards while you are vacationing abroad putting you into a financial crisis.
Carry with you at least two credit cards and some cash just in case one fails.
It is also important to get everyone’s travel documents in order especially if you are traveling by air. While most countries waive visa requirements for minors, it is better to find out if your particular destination requires a visa for entry or not. Don’t make any assumptions. It will save you a lot of headache, money and time.
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Make a packing list of all the essential items your kids are likely to need like medications, enough clothes and underwear, and toy or two that fits within the luggage. Better yet, involve them in the packing and have packs for everyone which reduces the amount luggage that you have to watch out for so it doesn’t get lost.
Use the checklist to ensure you have packed everything needed during the trip. You might think you have committed everything to memory only to reach your destination and realize your kids have no clean underwear.
While at it, don’t forget to pack your own stuff. It is also important to leave some space in your luggage since your children may want to collect souvenirs from your destination.
Keep them occupied
The trick to keeping your kids calm and well-behaved during the course of a long journey, obviously besides raising them well, is to keep them occupied and busy.
Let them carry their favorite toys to play as you travel. The toys should not however be too big or noisy as to disturb other travelers. You can also carry a book for them to read, which is healthier than attempting to distract them with sugary snacks.
Kids tend to get jittery during long travels and sugary snacks give them sugar rush which can only worsen the situation.