Take the Stress Out of Traveling with Kids
Taking a trip with the family can be an amazing experience. You get to see and experience new things together and make memories you’ll treasure forever. However, traveling with kids in tow can also be pretty stressful at times.
If you want to take some of the stress out of family travel, here are a few tips you should know:
Take it Slow
When you’re traveling with kids, rushing around will only make you more stressed. So, take your time and allow yourself extra time to get to the airport, clear security and catch your flight. The more time you have, the less kid-wrangling you’ll need to do and the less frantic your experience will be.
Pack (Relatively) Lightly
It can be tempting to pack every item you could ever possibly need to ensure your kids are happy and safe, but you should try to only pack the essentials so that you won’t be overburdened. The essentials, however, should include any items that will help your kids keep to their routine – things like comfort blankets and that special stuffed toy. Prioritize the stuff that really will make life easier and leave the rest behind.
Talk About the Trip
It’s a really good idea to talk about your impending trip with your kids. Take them through the journey step by step from the trip to the airport and the security procedures, to the flight and what you will do at your destination. If they know what to expect, they are less likely to be scared or confused which means they’ll be less likely to get upset or have a meltdown.
Pack Snacks and Entertainment
Travel can be long and often boring. Kids can find it difficult to cope with, which is why you need to do everything you can to make ita fun and enjoyable experience for them. You can go a long way to achieving this by packing lots of healthy snacks for your kids, and by ensuring that they have something to do. Coloring books, tablets, travel Scrabble and other portable toys are ideal for keeping the kids happy and minimizing your stress as a result.
Choose a Child-friendly Hotel
It’s always a good idea, especially if you’re traveling with really young kids, to look for accommodation that is expressly child-friendly. These kinds of hotels are more likely to have facilities such as creches and play-parks that will help you to manage the children, and less likely to be filled with party animal type who will keep the kids awake all night and leave you with grumpy children to deal with in the mornings.
Don’t Expect Perfection
Going on vacation with children can be amazing, but it probably isn’t going to be a perfect experience, and if you can accept that before you head off you’ll probably have a far less stressful time because you won’t be trying to ensure absolutely everything goes right. The more you can go with the flow and enjoy things as they are, the happier you will all be.