Even though it gets easier as you do it more, traveling with children can be overwhelming. Two of the most significant things you can do to make things go smoothly are understanding what you’re getting into and preparing. The following list helps you create fun and low-stress travel experiences with your children.
Travel Tip 1: Everything takes longer than you expect
Make sure you’re allocating plenty of time and taking things slow. For example, avoid leaving your home with only minutes to spare before it’s time to board your plane. It’s always going to take longer than you expect to check-in, get through security, buy last-minute snacks or drinks, and board the plane.
Allowing for extra time applies to every aspect of your trip, and not just the plane ride. For example, even though you want to see and do a lot, it might not be a good idea to try squeezing everything into one day. Traveling with kids is at a much slower pace than you are used to. The biggest travel tip I can give you is to remember to schedule time for naps and don’t forget your child’s feeding schedule. Try to keep the same schedule you keep at home while on your trip.
Travel Tip 2: Avoid overpacking
It might be tempting to pack everything your child uses at home. While it might seem like you’re planning for consistency and routines, what you’re forgetting is that, by the end of the day, you’ll be carrying at least one child. So, the notion of carrying 100 pounds of luggage is unreasonable.
Instead, only pack the absolute essentials. If you find that you forgot something, it’s easy to find what you need at your destination because other children live in and travel to that location.
Along this thread, if you have a child still in diapers, it may be easier to pack diapering essentials for when you’re actually traveling and pick up diapers when you reach your destination. This helps avoid packing 10 pounds of diapers and frees up space in your luggage.
Travel Tip 3: Pre-book everything you can
Beyond booking your flights, pre-booking should extend to as many other facets of your trip as possible. For example, when traveling alone or with your significant other, you might land, get a feel for the area, and then find the best place to stay. That doesn’t work when you’re traveling with children.
Arriving at a new destination should involve leaving the airport and heading straight to your lodging to drop off your luggage and give your children a chance to rest. Look at your trip’s itinerary to see if there are other activities you can book in advance to help streamline everything.
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Travel Tip 4: Explain to your children what they can expect
First-time travelers need to know ahead of time what’s going to happen and what they can expect. If your child isn’t comfortable with what’s happening during the trip, that means they’re unhappy. For example, if there’s too much happening, that often leads to a child feeling uncomfortable.
When you go over the trip’s itinerary with your child, it helps them understand what’s happening at different points. Because they understand what’s happening next, this helps your child feel comfortable with what’s happening around them.
Our top travel tip is to stop putting off traveling with your children and get out there with them!
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