Traveling with Kids

travelingTraveling with kids can be a headache as traveling long distances can make any child restless and that can make your trip miserable unless you plan your trip carefully and don’t leave everything till the last minute, it just doesn’t work. Here are few tips on how you can enjoy your trip with less stress and a lot more fun.

1.Plan your trip with the kids- Get your kid’s opinions, this way they can get involved right from the start and get excited about your next family vacation. Children have limited attention span and easily get tired. Choose simple but fun activities.

2.Things to bring- Bring along disposable stuff like diapers instead of cloth. You can rent out strollers which are more convenient than bringing along bulky equipment. You should not forget to bring the things that give them comfort. Whether it be a special blanket, teddy bear, pillow, special hat, etc. Remember to pack any medication your children need and the first-aid kit. If you are traveling with infants, bring sterilizing equipment for bottle-feedings.

3.Keep them busy- Make the trip enjoyable for the kids by bringing along their favorite toys. Coloring books and a couple of crayons will come in very handy for road trips. Pack some of their favorite CDs. Do not allow them to read on the road, this may add to motion sickness.

4.Be safe on the road- When in a car, be sure that seat-belts are securely in place and warn at all times. Remove all objects on top of the car ledge, they might fall over and hit your kids when you suddenly step on the breaks. If traveling in a public vehicle, keep your children on your lap or beside you. Crawling or walking around might cause them to fall and get injured.

5.Avoid sickness- Most children complain of being dizzy and sick while traveling, usually on a ship or a boat. If on the road, you can prevent this by planning several stopovers. Open your car windows to let in some fresh air. Before the trip, be sure that your children took a snack. You can also check with your doctor for appropriate anti-nausea medicines. You can avoid child dehydration by bringing plenty of bottled water. Stay away from street foods. Also avoid raw fruits and vegetables, sea foods and rare-cooked meats.

6.Pack your kids favorite food- Children can be choosy when it comes to food. Adults may want to try out the local delicacies but kids prefer to eat something they are familiar with. Most specialty restaurants will add a kid’s meal to their menu; you can check it out before dining in.

mapThe most important tip for traveling with children is: be patient. Sure, you will have times that will be harder, but traveling with kids can be a lot of fun and make for lasting memories for both you and your children. If you take the time to understand them, everything should go just fine. The highlight of all family vacation is to see your kids happy and smiling.

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