According to Unicef, the recent pandemic and lockdowns have redefined childhood. Therefore, parents worldwide are working hard to make their children happier than they were in recent years. One of the ways parents do this is by taking them on a journey. Far or close, it doesn’t matter! After so many months inside, any change feels good.
So, are you planning to go on a journey with your kids this summer or autumn? If your answer is yes, here are a few quick reminders to help you get ready and enjoy the most with your kids while traveling.
You Need to Be Informed
Traveling with kids is fun, but the fun comes only if everyone is safe and sound. Therefore, wherever you’re taking your little ones, make sure to do a little research before going.
Does the hotel have baby cots? Does it have a playground? Is the neighborhood safe? Are there any insects or animals in that region that might be dangerous? What are the best experiences for the kids in the area – are there any aqua parks, aquariums, etc? Make sure to carefully browse the internet and travel guides to find answers to these questions.
Most importantly, make sure to pick a destination that has a lot of places for your kids to explore. If they have a lot of fun during the day, they will be too tired to make trouble at night.
This one is harder than it sounds. Nobody likes to drag huge suitcases around, but eventually many parents end up doing that. And then, not using half of those things during the trip. Perhaps the best remedy against overpacking is giving yourself time to pack. Starting to think about your luggage at least a week in advance will help you rationalize and bring what you actually need, especially if you travel to a ski town.
However, if you still end up with big luggage, don’t worry. Usually, bigger towns have some place where you can store your luggage safe for a small fee.
Arrange the Tickets and Bookings In Advance
Spontaneity is great, but when you’re traveling with kids, you already have so much on your mind. Therefore, in order to be able to relax and focus on spending quality time with them, make sure to book accommodation, flight tickets, and rent-a-cars in advance.
This is particularly relevant if someone in the family has food allergies and other special requirements. In order to meet all of your needs, you want to contact the carriers in advance.
Travel Is as Stressful as Exciting
Remember that going to a foreign place is stressful, even for an adult, and especially for a child. As much as they like to explore, they will appreciate some of the comfort they had back home.
Therefore, try to incorporate some of the old habits into your daily travel schedule. For example, you could make an effort to make naps at the approximately same time of the day.
Or, you could prepare your baby for travel even before you leave. Try to place the baby in their travel bed for naps at home before your trip. Your child might think this new crib is exciting, so go ahead and get the novelty out of the way at home.
Have a Plan of Activities
We all know what happens with children’s energy that isn’t properly directed – it explodes when you least expect it. Therefore, you want to make a plan of activities for each day during the travel.
Besides, you can engage your kids by allowing them to participate in the creation of daily plans. It’s a great way to make them feel involved, which will make them even more excited.
Visit a Pediatrist Before Leaving
Some destinations pose of risk for your kids. For that reason, going to some countries could require vaccination or taking specific medication with you. Therefore, as soon as you decide on the destination, pay a visit to your doctor or a specialist in order to prepare on time and travel carefree.
Travel insurance was always important, but in these uncertain times, perhaps even necessary. However, there are so many packages offered by various insuring companies, that it might take you some time to figure out which one is best for you.
Make sure to buy the package that covers various issues that might occur, from medical emergencies and flight cancellations to COVID-19 infection.