Practical Tips for Traveling With Kids
Families bond better when they travel. They get to experience common things, they get to feel the exhilaration of the moment and they get to see how other members of the family react. There is no better way to develop and expand horizons than when you travel.
However, traveling with kids is a different matter altogether. You have to have a different consideration for them You just cannot stuff them in the car seat and go (well, you can, but it wouldn’t be as fun as you think it would be) You need to be able to assure them and make sure that they would understand that there will be a lot of transit time involved. You have to be able to condition them so that they would be cooperative an make the experience enjoyable for all.
Here are some of the best tips that you have to keep in mind when you are traveling with your kids:
Book in advance.
Believe me, this would work wonders for you and your vacation plans. You need to book well in advance – not only because it would be less expensive but it would be an assurance that you would have a place to stay, a place where you can kick off your shoes after the long transit time and relax. Ignoring this cardinal rule would lead to long lines, long waiting times and a child who would be screaming his lungs out because he’s looking for a bed.
Prepare for weather changes.
We have no control over the weather conditions o it would definitely pay to be prepared for anything. You should pack all sorts of weather gear for the kids. You do not want them to get drenched and catch a cold, right? It is better to be prepared than be sorry in the end.
Give them gadgets to tinker with.
Well, I know some of you are against giving tablets and another gadget to your kids. But if it is a long haul, you have to keep them entertained. And since each child is different, you have to make sure that he or she would be able to enjoy the trip. Give her a digital camera and instruct him to take photos for his collection (that’ll keep him occupied) or she can have a movie marathon on her portable player. Anything to keep your eyes and wits on the road would be welcome.
Always have an ID or a locator on them.
It is a risk but it pays to be ready. Should your kids be separated from you during the trip, it would definitely help if they have an ID that has your contact number so you can be immediately contacted. Instruct your kids as well to look for persons in authority (such as cops or mall guards or those in uniform) to help them locate you. Otherwise, you can invest on a tracker or a locator that they would be always wearing so you can easily locate them.
Avoid giving them sweets during the trip.
If you do, you’ll have an uncontrollable ball of energy inside the car or the bus and pretty soon you’ll be exhausted trying to contain them. There’s already enough stress in driving and keeping focused on the road, why would you want to add to it?
Don’t ever forget the medicines and toiletries.
Prescriptions can be filled yes, but the hassle and the stress would surely dampen your spirits. And you should never ever forget the toiletries kit because you don’t want to have a stink bomb inside the vehicle. Cleanliness is next to godliness, as they are fond of saying.
These are just some simple tips that you can consider whenever you are going out to travel. There are other things that you have to consider, for sure, but as a general rule, you have to think about these things well in advance if you want to start your trip on a good thing.