Traveling with kids doesn’t have to be hard! Read on to learn five tips that will make your upcoming travel a breeze!
Create A Traveling Checklist
This would be my number one tip for anyone! Whether you are a pen and paper or a printed list kind of person, make sure you create a traveling checklist for what to pack weeks before your departure.
A few things that should be on your list: clothing, medication, shoes, outerwear, snacks, personal care items, resort items (think swimsuits, floaties, etc.). Another area to think about regarding your kids are items that they use on a daily basis that bring them comfort. Think blankets, stuffed animals or even their special night time book. Creating a sense of home for your kids while you travel is crucial to making the trip successful.
Double Check on Traveling Documents
If you will be traveling out of the country, make sure your paperwork is in order months ahead of time. Do you all have updated passports? Is your driver license up to date? It’s also important to make copies of important documents in the event of an emergency. You can lock them in hotel safes or keep them on your person. Whichever option you feel the most comfortable with. If you are working with a Traveling Agent, you may also want to save their number to your phone and have it written down on a piece of paper. Always be prepared for worse case scenarios! That way you won’t be stressing if you need to touch base or make adjustments to your trip. It saves you time and hassle.
Prepare Your Kids For the Trip
Another simple, yet effective way to help your kids travel with ease is to prepare them for the trip ahead of time. Let them know what will be expected of them, how long it will take, and how much fun you will be having as a family. When kids are well versed and prepared for large outings, it will help them to work through any anxiety they may feel.
Pack A Special Bag
This is truly what saved our sanity during a recent family vacation. We packed special bags for each of our kids. We told them about the bags the night before, so they were eager for the long travels! Each bag contained snacks, new coloring and activity books, crayons, notebooks, games, and small toys.
Try to download shows and music for times when they are getting tired or antsy. I suggest to give them bags once you arrive at the airport. Alternatively, you could give it to your children once you start your road trip. Another tip is to bring a jacket or blanket for them to cuddle with if you will be flying or traveling by train. It can get cold inside airline cabins!
Have fun and don’t stress!
Seriously, with all the work that goes into traveling with kids, don’t forget to have fun! If something doesn’t go according to your plan, roll with the punches. Don’t let the kids see you stressed! Take pictures, make memories, and remember they will be grown before you know it. So, soak up these precious times. They will be some of your best memories down the road!
Let your travel time be one of fun and relaxation! It will be worth it!