It can be a hassle traveling with children, but what’s the fun when you can take the children with you so they can have fun too and you see the happy smiles plastered over their faces?
When it comes to traveling with children, it requires extra care, patience, and forbearance. But most times, it is worth it. They tend to ooze this happiness that is contagious, especially when you can let them go outdoors and have fun.
Here, we will be listing tips on how to travel with children and we hope you take them seriously.
1. Be positive
Yes, it is an important tip when traveling with children to be positive. Your mindset goes a long way. Even when children tend to mess up on the way, your mindset keeps you sane.
When you are already pessimistic about traveling with your children, immediately they mess up, it can change your whole mood and affect the trip. You have to accept that children are children and children will always mess up.
2.Keep Them Engaged
One of the best ways to have less hectic vacation when traveling with children is to keep them engaged. It works, get them busy. Especially with something fun. They will be there for as long as possible. Children love to have something doing, they love being engaged, so it’s best to keep them engaged.
Another way is to give them a baby’s smartphone for movies. You will be surprised how attentive they will be to that phone during the journey.
3.Talk To Them
Another way is talking to them. Let them know what is going on. Involve them in the coming activities. Let them give their opinion, ask them what activity they will love to do. It makes them feel important and being a part of the project.
They wouldn’t want to mess it up because they already know how important it is. If during flight, let them know what to expect and how they should behave themselves.
If it is after arrival. Tell them how dangerous it is to wander away in a foreign land. Let them know a bit of the consequences to every action. Children can hear, they listen. Especially where adequate communication is given.
4.Avoid Shoes With Laces
Yes, right? Why do you have to do that? Until your child falls because the lace untangled and he or she steps on it.
It’s best to avoid such. You went on a vacation to have fun, not to mend an injury or visit the hospital. Children are fragile, ultimate care must be given to them.
5.Pack Just Enough
Don’t under pack and don’t overpack. Pack the necessities and stick with it. What seems to be essential should be packed. This is because after the flight, you have both your loads and your children to also ‘pack’.
You also wouldn’t want to under pack because you don’t want to carry any load. Necessaries are very important and you wouldn’t want to bear not having something to give your child during the trip. In my opinion, it is better to overpack than under pack and be short of something important.
But best bet, think of the journey and pack what is important. Then add one or two things to compliment the necessaries in case of emergencies.
Another way to pack just enough is to have a packing list.
Comfy items, Pads, diapers, etc. all are ways to guide how you pack. Is it going to be sunny? Is it going to be cold? All these are necessary thoughts when packing.
6.Seat Children From Aisles
The aisle is where everyone passes, including the air hostesses and passengers. Anything can happen during the movement of carts and food. We wouldn’t want hot beverages or food pouring on them or someone hitting them mistakenly due to rough movements.
7.Keep Your composure
Not everyone is good with kids and not everyone can stand kids. And we also know kids can be very troublesome and unnecessarily playful. In a situation like this, you may find a passenger just like you complaining and making rude remarks. You need to keep your composure and smile if possible or do not say anything at all.
Also, caution your children so they don’t interfere with another person’s flight or journey.
8.Do Not Be Too Far From Them
Either during the flight or after the flight, do not be too far from your children. Children can not be left unsupervised for too long. Yes, they can be left alone to play, but not for too long.
You never know what mystery they can be up to. We know how mischievous these children can be. Also, on the beach, it’s better to put them in a swimming pool than on the beach. But here there is no swimming pool, keep a keen eye on them so they don’t wander away.
Children get distracted easily so this tip cannot be overemphasized. We wouldn’t want to be looking for kids during a vacation.
9.Don’t Fret or Panic
This has been mentioned in the first tip. During travel with children, it is important to not panic. There is a lot panicking can do to you and your children. Is it your first trip with them? Keep an open mind, it’s going to turn out well. Don’t fret, it will only bring more harm than good.
If your kids are still infants, they require more attention, care and precaution. The necessaries needed for infants are different from infants. While some have been mentioned, please pay keen attention to their health before and after traveling. Make sure they get enough rest and sleep.
They shouldn’t be lacking in necessities, such as food or drugs. Check and double check before traveling. Also make provision for a stroller if necessary. It is not advisable to take them to the beach due to the cold. Do not be far from them at all, pay close attention to them.
If possible, use the most convenient means of transportation when traveling with infants to give ease. Also book a comfortable apartment or accommodation regardless of the cost, just for the ease of your infants.