There’s no doubt that travelling with your children is a much more challenging experience than say, travelling alone or as a couple. For starters, you have to pack a whole lot of extra things and secondly, you’ll have to manage your child if they become difficult and throw tantrums.
Of course, travelling with kids is still completely possible, if you follow these tips and tricks:
1. Pack an easy access bag
Pack an extra bag that has all the essentials your child needs, like diapers, milk bottles, snacks, toiletries and wet wipes for easy access on flights and other vehicles so that you don’t have to rummage through your main luggage bag.
2. Allow for excess time
When travelling with children, it’s never advisable to have a tight travelling schedule. Children may need more toilet stops, or cleaning stops as they may spill or soil themselves on the way. So plan for a versatile tour and travel period, as well as budget extra time for emergency stops.
3. Pack snacks and games
There will definitely be periods in your trip where you’ll have to wait for taxis, flights, buses or anything else. Keep your children occupies by packing their favourite books , games or toys so they’ll not be bored and run around.
4. Invest in a child locator
Instead of putting an unsightly leash on your child, why not purchase an electronic child locator which can be clipped onto your child’s waist and be detected by an app or a special transmitter that will sound the alarm and allow you to locate your child.
5. No street food
Despite the strong desire to expose your children to the local culture, you should avoid letting them eat food from places with questionable hygiene. Stick to clean restaurants or cafes where they serve local food if you want your children to have a taste of local culture.
6. Get them involved in the planning
Older children love to have a say in family matters, so get their opinion on things like hotel choices, destinations to visit and dishes they may want to try. This will also prevent them from sulking and throwing tantrums saying that they don’t want to move.
7. Protect against bugs and bites
If you’re going on a trip to nature reserves, be sure to either pack long-sleeved tops and long pants or bring anti-bug spray. This is important to protect your kids against diseases too.
8. Prepare an airsick bag
If your kids are travelling by air or rail for the first time and you don’t know how they will react, it’s time to pack some support materials, including wet wipes, a paper bag and lots of comforting words.
9. Easy access to clothes
Put every clean set of clothes in a separate plastic lunch bag or doggy bag. You can reuse these bags to keep dirty or soiled clothing, as well as diapers too until you can find a place to dispose of them.
10. Pack enough warm clothing
Of course, if you’re going to a temperate country, packing enough clothes for your kids to withstand the cold weather is a given. However, even if you’re just taking a flight, it can get pretty chilly up in the air, so a jacket or coat will be necessary.
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