Travelling with kids can be quite exhilarating. They move a lot, talk a lot and complain a lot. Most of the time, you just want to tear your hair out. This need not be the case. Here are some helpful tips:
Allot some extra time.
Kids love to explore and are prone to tantrums, says Roughguides.com. This can be quite a hassle especially if you get to the airport with very little time to go through security and luggage checks. Deliciousbaby.com says it pays to arrive early at the airport as it will give your child a chance to exercise in between the long car ride and the flights.
According to Deliciousbaby.com, bringing your kids along means having lots of small items or stuff hanging off the stroller or your carry all. This could cause long queues in security or bag checks when something falls off or gets caught in another object. Make sure all your kids’ items are neatly placed and secured in a bag. Roughguides.com warns against having your kids pack their own stuff. You never know when they’ll pack their whole collection of toys or worse, rocks.
In flight, Deliciousbaby.com suggests explaining to your child about the long journey ahead and that it requires several hours of sitting still. Tell them you know that they can do it and that you’re there to help them if they would find the activity difficult. Don’t forget to remind them about the fun things that await them at the end of the flight. Bring travel toys. To keep kids busy while in transit, bring some toys but make them last says Deliciousbaby.com. This means allowing kids to play one toy at a time so that once they got bored over one, you’ll have another one for them to play with. Roughguides.com says to bring handheld puzzles, colouring books, stickers, wordsearches and even small packs of Plasticine. Family games can come
in handy too especially during flight delays or heavy traffic.
Stay off sweets.
Roughguides.com says you don’t want to be arriving in your destination with children in the middle of a sugar rush. Snacks like cheese cubes, breadsticks, fruits and bagels are recommended. Deliciousbaby.com suggests high protein snacks or those that take a while to eat.
Don’t forget to bring a first aid kit.
Kids always seem to get sick while on a holiday says Roughguides. com. Bring Calpol, antiseptic or antibacterial wipes, plasters, sting treatment, hand sanitizer and a thermometer.
Have your own system of locating your kids.
Roughguides.com says that it can get too crowded in airports or any transport terminals. You can always opt for backpacks with a leash or reins to keep your children within easy reach. But the website says kids easily get annoyed by them. Writing your mobile number on your kid’s arm is less restrictive and very helpful in case they get lost. Investing in a child locator is recommended, too. Here, the kid wears a small unit strapped to a belt or shoe and the parent keeps the transmitter. Once the kid wanders away, set off the alarm and then follow the sound to find them.
Be ready for the climate.
Roughguides.com says to do your research and bring clothes fit for the climate of your destination. Make sure your kids are comfortable with what they’re wearing.
When staying in hotels, Roughguides. com says booking ahead will save you from dealing with tired and hungry kids throwing a fit upon finding out in your destination that you don’t have a room for the night.
Let them keep a travel journal.
Encourage kids to have a small notebook with them so they can write or draw the things that interested them, says Roughguides.com. This way they’ll be reminded of the fun activities they did and make their travel experience more personal for them. Let them collect and write postcards and if they’re old enough, give them a camera. You never know what wonderful photos they’ll take.