Travelling is something which none of us can live without. In our mundane daily lives, travelling provides us with a breath of fresh air. However, as we become older, with growing responsibilities and workloads, travelling becomes one of those passions in life which take a backseat.
Especially when we are blessed with a kid, our plans for travelling generally do not seem as important as they once used to be. Travelling with a kid is pretty daunting, no matter if you are planning to travel with your first child or your fourth. There is always confusion about how to travel safely, how to keep your kids comfortable enough, what all to pack and much, much more.
However, there are a few simple things which can really make your vacations with your kids a much nicer and less stressful event. If you are planning to travel with your kids in the near future, here are the top 7 tips which you should follow when you are travelling with your kids.
1. Book a vacation rental
Booking a vacation rental is one of the best ways to make your trip kid-friendly. Hotel rooms, no matter how comfortable they are, can never provide the comfort and the cosiness of a home. Also, renting a vacation rental means you will have complete privacy and security, which will ensure the safety of your kids. Starting from the luxurious rental homes in Costa Rica to the beautiful beachfront bungalows in Hawaii, you can find a lot of beautiful vacation rentals to have a lovely vacation with your kids, no matter where you are going. You can also cook your own meals if you are booking a vacation rental, which will ensure that your kids get to follow the kind of diet they need.
2. Plan a relaxed itinerary
If you had been an enthusiast traveller when you were young, then chances are, you will be accustomed to following a tight and hectic schedule during your vacation days. All of us wants to see and explore a new place as much as we can, do we not? However, when you are going on a trip with your kids, make sure you keep your itinerary relaxed and slow-paced. You can be used to travelling, but your kids are not. If you spend all the days during your vacation travelling from one place to other, none of you will get the time to properly relax during the trip. That cannot be a good experience for your trip.
3. You do not need to pack everything
Most of us worry about what to pack when we are travelling with our kids. Especially if the kid is an infant, we tend to freak out and try to pack everything the kid needs, starting from diapers to kid-friendly shampoos and what-not! However, there’s really need to pack these things with you, as you can easily buy them from your destination. Granted, they might not be the brand which you are used to, but it will do the job. This will help reduce the weight of your luggage by a lot and make your travels less stressful.
<H2> 4. Pack baby food
If you are getting on a long-haul flight, bringing some baby food with you will make the flight much easier for your baby. Most airports will let you board the plane with baby food in containers. You can even get on some flights with over 100 ml of baby food. This will help you keep your baby well fed during long-haul flights, and you won’t have to worry about the quality of food served on the aeroplane.
<H2> 5. Pack enough toys (especially new ones) </H2>
Make sure you pack some of your kids most loved toys when you are going for a vacation with them. The toys will keep them engaged, ensuring you get to enjoy your vacation too. And if you want to get the maximum out of this tip, then buy a few new toys some days prior to your trip. Give your kids the toys and see if they like them. Then pack the most loved new toys with you, to ensure your kids remain engaged with the toys for a much greater period of time.
<H2> 6. Tag your kids </H2>
The most stressful though parents have while going for a vacation with their kids is the worry about their kids getting lost. Tagging your kids is the best way to relieve some stress when you are going for a vacation with them. Use a dog tag, write your name and contact number on it and hang them from your kid’s neck. You can also write your contact information directly on their hands if you are worried about the dog tag getting lost. You can then take a breath of relief as if your kid gets lost, you can be easily contacted by the people who found them. You can also buy a GPS tracking device and keep it with your kid to know his or her location via the app on your mobile phone.
<H2> 7. Always carry a hand cleanser </H2>
When you are travelling with your kids, you will not be able to control what your kids touch with their hands. Most kids suffer from a bad tummy due to this problem, as it takes no time for them to put the dirty hand inside their mouth. Carrying a hand cleanser with you will make sure that you get to disinfect their hands before they get the chance of putting their dirty hands inside their mouth.