Traveling is all about experiencing new things, trying new flavors, and seeing new places. And who else to share these perfect eye-opening moments with than your children who love exploring and learning new things about the world around them.
We know that travel with children is not always rainbows and butterflies. Traveling with kids can more often turn into a nightmare rather than the picture perfect dream vacation. Because let’s face it. Kids are unpredictable and you have to face challenges and obstacles along the way. So, how do you make it through alive? Here’s a list of simple ideas to stick to while preparing your perfect trip.
Engaged and happy
Rule number one, be prepared and keep your children entertained during the trip. Whether a road trip, airplane, train or a bus ride, prepare little games, books, magazines, and other activities depending on the age of your kids. When was the last time you played “I spy” or “Going to the picnic”?
Destination vs activities
It’s always better to pick your destination based on what you want to do there, not the other way around. When you know what sights to see and experience, it’s much simpler to plan the whole holiday.
Family accommodation, please!
Will you get a good night’s sleep? Will there be food available and suitable for kids your age? Are there shops and restaurants nearby? Compile a list of questions based on your family’s needs and go through them one by one to find the perfect place for you and your loved ones.
Pack your bags
Packing is usually the hardest step because it requires a lot of effort if you need to pack for yourself and the children as well. We find it easiest to make a list for each person separately rather than for the family as a whole. Also, try to pack for each child separately. It is tempting to put everything in one large suitcase but in the end, it is easier when each child has their own suitcase. What you want to share, though, is toiletries. You’ll most probably be sharing one bathroom, so why not combine everyone’s toiletries in one bag?
Prepare for the worst
Not to sound negative, but preparing for the worst outcomes mean you will never be surprised (in a bad way). Ultimately, you know your children the best and only you can anticipate what can go wrong. So why not be prepared if it happens? That doesn’t mean you should be on edge the whole vacation but keep an eye out for critical moments and keep calm knowing you have a backup plan ready.
We encourage you to open your children up to new cultures and experiences and create memories for your whole family. Once you show your children the world of traveling, they will not want to ever stop exploring.
This is the first article in our summer series “Traveling with kids”, so stay tuned for more good content.Tags: family vacation, traveling with kids
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