Looking for some great holiday travel with children? Whether your family is large or small, travel can be a lot of fun when you consider the special needs that children have. But, as always, preparation is key!
First, let’s take a look at some tips to help ensure that your travels with children are a positive experience for everyone in the family. This includes your children! Here are some basic survival skills for children that will make your time traveling with your little ones much easier. These tips can also be adapted for older children, girls and boys alike.
A. Know your child’s needs. You need to be aware of how much space you have available, the frequency of showers, whether or not there will be other children (and their needs) at the same time, the type of food that your child prefers, and what type of activities your child enjoys. All of these factors will help you prepare your child for whatever comes at them during their holiday trip. It’s up to you to make sure that everyone has something to do, while all of the children have fun.
B. Be flexible. Of course, you want to be able to travel with the children, but flexibility is important here as well. While you may be excited about taking your family on vacation, it’s also important to realize that this may not happen. If it doesn’t, at least give your children the courtesy of letting them call you and scheduling an alternative time if needed.
C. Make sure you pack appropriately. Your luggage will come with packing instructions, and this may give you some good direction, but you will need to choose your bags carefully. For example, depending on where you are traveling, you may need to bring items like sunscreen, extra clothes for children who are being left at home, toiletries and a change of clothes, medicines that are specific to their illness or condition, and other basic necessities. Remember that these are only a few of the items that you may need to take along.
D. Make sure your child has his own special things. The personal items that you may pack with you are meant to last just for a short period of time. This includes a jacket for him or her to wear in cold weather, a hat to protect his or her head, a blanket to keep them warm, socks, jeans, shoes, and pajamas. In addition to these, your child may also need a special spoon, a spoonful of salt, a fork, a knife, a spoon, some coins, and a bottle of water. These should be packed in a separate container.
E. Don’t forget safety. You are going on holiday to have fun, right? So make sure your children are safe. Here are some of the safety tips that you may follow when holiday travel with kids:
F. Carry a first aid kit with you. This may seem like common sense but remember that not all children are as lucky as you. In case something happens to your child that could be life threatening, you must carry a first aid kit with you. When you are on holiday, there is no telling what could happen so it is always best to be prepared for any possible mishap.
G. Pack wet wipes and lotion. If you are in a place that you don’t know is potable water, don’t assume that everyone is using potable water. If your children get sick, they need your help and your blessing to get them better.
H. Take your children along when you travel. Make it a family affair and pack each child a healthy snack. Remember that when on holiday, we are all on our feet most of the time. Your child must also be kept physically active and well hydrated. If you are on a boat, bring along a bottle of water. If you are on a plane, consider getting your child an extra bottle of water to ensure he/she does not miss liquids.
I. Remember that children love excitement and always want to go on vacation with their friends. So when you are planning a holiday, always look for available activities that you can do together as a family. When you plan activities, you should also take into account that safety is a priority!