30 BEST TRAVEL TIPS WHILE TRAVELLING WITH KIDS
3 years ago
Even though traveling with kids is tough but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. A number of parents have done it in the past, and they are still doing it. To have an amazing family trip instead of a chaotic one you just need to plan things right. Yes, you read that right. Plan your trip wisely without messing it up with the schedule and make it the most memorable days of your life.
Family trips with kids always build a better relationship between parents and kids as you introduce them to new and exciting places, culture, food, and so on. This enlightens the kid’s knowledge a lot as well.
Don’t panic, as things will be under control if you follow some travel tips while traveling with kids. These tips will definitely assist you to make your family trip a big success. We have divided the traveling tips on the basis of kid’s age.
Here it goes.
TRAVELLING WITH A BABY :
LIGHT – PACKING :
Yes, you read it right. The majority of the advice that moms who traveled with a month-year-old baby to the age of three, has mentioned that, people tend to think that traveling with kids, requires a lot of essentials; it’s not the case. A baby just needs enough milk, food, few clothes, love, and a secure place to sleep. All you need to carry is a few bottles, diapers enough to reach the destination (after which you could buy more when needed), and a bassinet/cradle or space to sleep.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SEAT :
When traveling on shorter flights, you could always choose an aisle seat. It’s comfortable and preferable when getting up again and again for a walk or for changing diapers or dress of the baby. Bringing in a bassinet or putting a request while booking the ticket for a bassinet is also a wiser action when traveling with a kid in the long journey.
BABY WEARING :
Babywearing is a brilliant choice when you decide on a travel trip. It keeps your baby closer to you as well. Your hands will be free enough to carry other things rather than be forced to use a stroller.
If you are traveling with a baby who is a year old, this is an obvious and easier option because no extra gear required (milk bottles).
CAR SEAT OR NOT ?
When you rent a car, usually get a car seat. But if they fail to provide make sure you got clips that could hold the seat on stroller tightly and safer to it.
NANNY SERVICES :
When you are on a trip you tend to fetch a few hours for yourself and that’s when you could always go for a local babysitter on nanny services.
As the darkness gropes in, kids usually get moody and tired making them cry more. To avoid disturbing other customers you could always choose to have your dinner early when there is not so much of crowd present.
BABY JETLAG :
It’s really as it sounds. Babies also tend to take a few days similar to the adults to get over the jetlag. You will find your baby playing and smiling as if it’s morning. Try to plan a longer stay if you are traveling a longer distance.
EXTRA SEAT :
Either ticketing an extra seat or changing your seat if any empty seat is available would be a good choice to make. You could never predict when that empty seat will be useful.
For months old baby you should always check these things like diapers, wipes, extra clothes, baby carrier, extra sling, plastic carry bags ( if available ), snacks like fruits, yogurts ( for babies who has started eating solid ), trash bag, sanitizers, stroller ( if required ), extra seat ( if required ) and other essentials before start traveling.
TRAVELLING WITH A TODDLER TO A SCHOOL AGE KID :
You usually don’t require a passport till the baby is under the age of two or three depending upon the country you are or about to travel. Yet being on a safer side is mandatory or else you could always carry the birth certificate because that’s the only identification proof you might be having for the child.
LAP INFANTS :
It is necessary to know that many international flights let children under the age of two flies free. Separate purchasing of fare is not required when traveling with kids as they are termed, lap infants.
EXTRA BOTTLES AND SNACKS :
Toddlers always seem to be hungry. And if you are about to head for a long journey, you definitely need an extra bottle of water and snacks. Or else they would get bored and throw tantrums for not having anything to do.
KEEP YOUR TODDLER OCCUPIED :
Some kids are into traveling and are mostly calm and comfortable throughout the journey but some are just disinterested and a loner. And for such kids especially older kids, carrying extra toys will keep them occupied so as to reduce new problems because of their boredom.
CARRY CHILD’S FAVOURITE THINGS :
If your child has any specific favorite item that the associates with sleep, don’t forget to carry it with you. This will help keep the child cozy and comfortable.
CHOOSE THE DESTINATION WISELY :
While planning your trip with kids, choose a destination that will be fun and enjoyable to the toddler as well.
You always need to carry a few over – the – counter medications your family might require. Medicines for headache, motion sickness, allergy, stomach upset, should be present in your first aid kit.
CHILD DISCOUNTS :
You could always avail of a number of child discounts on tours, restaurants (some of them have ‘kids eat free’ promotion ), transportation, an entry in several places. Most of the parents are not aware of it or are either too shy to ask for it. But a quick question won’t harm you at all.
LOOK FOR YOUR KID :
Even though it’s pretty obvious, usually it happens that you might just be buying a ticket and your kid just wandered to nowhere. To avoid such threatening and panic situations, either share duties or if you are traveling alone with the kid, just don’t leave the child alone or use a small GPS to keep tracking your kid when necessary.
CONTACT INFORMATION :
Teach your kid necessary information from an early age that could include name, address, and phone numbers. For traveling with a kid who can’t speak, you could write a note and can put it in your kid’s pocket.
TRAVELLING WITH TEENAGERS :
LET THEM INTERFERE IN YOUR DECISION :
When planning a trip or tour with teenagers, give them the freedom to put forth their opinions, or directly ask them where to head. The sense of ownership keeps them interested throughout.
TRAVEL WHERE YOUR INTEREST RESIDES :
You need to decide what you want to do or your teenage child gets desires to do. It is necessary to plan your interests prior rather than choosing a destination and then wondering what to do there.
HOUSE OR A HOTEL ?
There are a number of agencies that lend you an affordable home rather than a hotel. Yet if you don’t want to miss out on the amenities hotel provides like a kids club or a pool you could always resort to a hotel.
LET THEM WANDER ALONE :
Teenagers would always like the fact that they are let to wander around alone as well. For the destination planned they would have several ideas or stores that they might be planning to visit. So always look upon their choices as well.
ASK WHAT YOUR KID NEEDS?
Having a conversation directly would solve a number of things. What do they want to do on that trip? Or what are their expectations? Such conversations give them their freedom or responsibility which is good for your teenage kid.
Choosing an adventure trip can always be your Plan A when traveling with teenage kids. They would prefer hiking, trekking over just plainly wandering around in the city, or visiting pilgrimages.
LET THEM CHOOSE THEIR FOOD :
Whether to choose a local cuisine or eat a usual dish is their choice. Don’t force!
DON’T LET THEM DRIVE :
When you have rented a car while in a foreign country, don’t let your kids drive, no matter how much they force. The rules could be harsh if caught violated.
LET THEM PACK A SEPARATE BAG :
Let them decide what they want to carry for the trip. A sense of responsibility helps them develop their personality.
Apart from the kids, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. It is really necessary to enjoy all the duties.
BONUS TIP :
TRAVEL INSURANCE :
Having travel insurance for all the family members is really important especially when traveling with kids. Make sure you have travel insurance prior to go anywhere.
We assure you a breezy trip for sure. Enjoy !