Holiday travels with kids can be extremely enjoyable. However, along with the joys come added responsibilities because you have to ensure that children are safe, well protected and comfortable during travel.
Besides, kids tend to fall sick due to exhaustion and climate changes during travel, so you need to take care of every little thing to ensure that travel with kids is a fun and enjoyable experience for the entire family without any major unpleasantness.
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5 Tips For Travel With Kids
Travel the Shortest Route
When you travel with kids, choose the shortest route to reach the destination. Choose air routes that have the least number of layovers and if you are driving, choose roads that take you to your destination soonest.
Remember, kids will be kids! They are active and restless. You cannot expect them to sit patiently and quietly till they reach the destination. So, plan to cut down on journey time when you travel with kids to save yourself a lot of unpleasantness from bickering kids and frayed nerves.
Keep Kids Engaged and Comfortable
Make a list of things you need to carry on the trip – toys, books, music players and games that can keep kids entertained. Devise impromptu games when traveling long distance by road; for example, have your kids add the numbers on the number plates of vehicles passing by, or count the number of red-roofed houses they see.
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Kids get hungrier than ever during travel, so take enough snacks and healthy eats for the kids to chew on. Pack well and start from home much before the scheduled time of departure. Also, when you travel with kids, make sure that sleeping arrangements are comfortable because lack of sleep makes kids very restless and irritable.
Carry Minimum Luggage
Managing kids during travel is difficult enough; do not make your task more difficult by carrying loads of luggage. Choose the bare minimum that is necessary to ensure a comfortable holiday.
If there are items you will easily find at the place to which you are traveling, there is no point lugging them all the way from home; but if you are going to a place that is a little out-of-the-way, you need to go prepared with things you need for the kids.
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Carry a First Aid Kit
Never travel with kids without a first aid kit. Make sure you carry an antibacterial cream and medicines for common cold, diarrhea, vomiting and fever and some anti-allergics for those insect bites and stings that may happen out of the blue. Have sufficient bandages, an antiseptic lotion, gauze and some sterile cotton for minor injuries.
Pack The Right Clothing
Find out the season and climatic conditions of the destination and pack clothes accordingly. Pack a comfortable blanket. Carry clothes depending on the activities that you plan to undertake at the destination.
For example, if water sports are involved, pack a couple of swim suits. Kids and their clothes tend to get dirty easily and often, very quickly. So, have enough spare clothing, considering the duration of your stay.
Being well-prepared is the key to make traveling with kids an enjoyable event. Equally important , however, is to realize that this is the time for all of you – adults and kids to unwind and bond as a family.
So, be reasonable in what you expect of your kids, join in on the fun, let your hair down and use the holiday travel to create wonderful memories.