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Travelling with kids can be a fun and exciting experience, but it can also be hectic and stressful. From packing all the necessary items to dealing with meltdowns and tantrums, it can be overwhelming. But with the right tips and tricks, travelling with kids can be a breeze.
That being the case, here are some tips to make travelling with kids less hectic.
1. Be smart, plan ahead
Planning ahead is key when travelling with kids. Make a list of everything you need to pack and don’t leave it until the last minute. Consider the type of travel you’ll be doing and plan accordingly. If you’re flying, make sure to pack any necessary items in your carry-on luggage, such as extra clothes, diapers, and snacks. If you’re driving, plan your route ahead of time and make sure to take plenty of breaks to let your kids stretch their legs.
2. Choose your accommodation wisely
Choosing the right accommodation is key when travelling with kids. Look for hotels or resorts that offer family-friendly amenities and have plenty of space for everyone. Consider renting an apartment or house if you need more space or want to have access to a kitchen. You might even want to look at luxury villas to rent because not only will they give you more space, but when the kids go to bed, you’ll be able to relax in the lap of luxury and have some adult time in style too.
3. Pack smart
When it comes to packing, less is more. Don’t overpack, as it can make travelling more difficult. Only pack the essentials and consider packing items that can serve multiple purposes. For example, a baby carrier can serve as a stroller and a portable crib. Pack a first aid kit, plenty of snacks, and a change of clothes for everyone.
4. Don’t let the kids get bored
Keeping kids entertained during travel is essential to keeping them happy and avoiding meltdowns. Bring along toys, books, and games to keep them occupied. You can also download movies or TV shows onto a tablet or phone. You can even make a scavenger hunt out of the trip, having them look for certain landmarks or signs along the way.
5. Stick to a routine
While it may be tempting to let your routine slide while on holiday, sticking to a routine can be beneficial for kids. Stick to their usual bedtimes and mealtimes as much as possible. This will help them feel more secure and less stressed during travel.
6. Take plenty of time out too
While it’s important to keep kids entertained, it’s also important to plan for downtime. Whether it’s in the form of a nap or quiet time, allowing kids to rest and recharge can prevent meltdowns and tantrums. Plan for downtime in your itinerary and make sure everyone has a chance to relax and unwind.
7. Pack snacks and drinks
Pack plenty of snacks and drinks to keep kids hydrated and satisfied during travel. Avoid sugary snacks that can lead to crashes and instead opt for healthy options like fruit, veggies, and nuts. Bring along a reusable water bottle and fill it up as needed to avoid unnecessary stops.
8. Let there be tech (occasionally)
Technology can be a great tool for keeping kids entertained during travel. Consider downloading apps or games that are age-appropriate and educational based on your travels and the kids will have lots of fun on long flights and car journeys without getting bored and tantruming.
9. Make like a boy scout and be prepared
No matter how well you plan, emergencies can still happen. Be prepared for any potential emergencies by packing a first aid kit, medications, and contact information for doctors or hospitals at your destination. It’s also a good idea to have a plan in place in case of an emergency.
10. Involve the kids in the planning
One way to get the kids excited about travelling is to involve them in the planning. Let them help decide on the destination, choose activities to do, and pick out items to pack. This can help them feel more invested in the trip and keep them engaged during travel.
11. Stay flexible
While it’s important to plan ahead, it’s also important to stay flexible. Things can change unexpectedly during travel, and it’s important to be able to adapt. Embrace the unexpected and try to make the most out of any changes in plans.
As you can see, travelling with kids doesn’t have to be hectic and stressful. By planning ahead you can make travel more enjoyable for everyone. So, pack your bags, embrace the adventure, and have fun on your next family trip!