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Just because you’ve got kids doesn’t mean that you have to stop taking vacations. There are plenty of places that you can go with your kids that you can now enjoy as a family. Of course traveling with kids is very different from traveling as a couple or with friends, but it can still be a fun and enjoyable experience by following these 10 tips for traveling with kids!
3. Keep Them Busy
While you’re on your way to your destination, be prepared with plenty of games and toys to keep your kids’ hands and minds busy. There are plenty of games you can play with your kids while traveling to pass these slow hours. Once you reach your destination, keep them busy with plenty of pre-planned activities and sights to see.
4. Plan Ahead
If you did your traveling “backpacker-style” in the past and just showed up at hotels to see if they had a room, it’s time to change your ways. When you’ve got kids in tow, make sure that you’ve got a room waiting for you so you don’t have to look all over town while your little ones wait up way past their bedtime.
5. Invest in a Child Locator
Whether you're a parent that uses a child harness or you just insist everyone holds hands, it would be a good idea to invest in a child locator. Your child wears the small locator and you keep the transmitter. The transmitter alerts you when they’ve gotten too far from you and helps you find them again. Remember: You can never be too safe in a busy place!
6. Forget the Sweets!
Sugary snacks will have your kids running around on a sugar rush and then crashing. Avoid the roller coaster of emotions by choosing nutritious snacks that will keep them from getting hungry and aren't loaded with sugar. Try things like fruit, cheese sticks, and pretzels.
7. "Tat 'Em" with Your Contact Info
One of the biggest fears of parents who travel with kids is the risk of losing them in a crowd. If a child locator is not in your budget, be sure to mark them with your phone number so if they do wander off, someone will be able to contact you when they find them.
8. Let Them Choose Activities
Make sure you have plenty of flexibility in your activity options so that older kids especially can choose some of the activities. This will help them feel more involved. It also allows them to enjoy the trip more because they’re getting to do what they want rather than feeling forced to follow your schedule.
9. Pack a First Aid Kit
It’s no secret that kids get hurt and need band-aids way more often than most adults. Be sure that you're prepared for last minute bumps and "boo-boos" by having a first-aid kit that includes all of the essentials.
10. Check Their Passports
When traveling out of the country, be sure to check that their passports have at least a year before the expiration date. Many countries won’t allow you to enter if they expire within a certain date, even if they are still good. Realizing that somebody’s passport is set to expire when it’s too late is the fastest way to ruin a trip.
What is your greatest struggle when it comes to traveling with kids? Share in the comments below!
About The Author
Brittnay was an HR professional in London before making the move to Dublin. Now she spends her time exploring the beautiful canals, food, and beaches of Dublin. Her love of travel and house sitting is captured on The Travelling House Sitters
Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!