Kids are a joy, but they can become an annoyance to you and to other people when you take them out to travel. However, if you follow these tips, you can avoid any kid-related crisis and might end up having fun and creating lasting memories along with them:
1. Plan Ahead: doesn’t matter if it’s a simple visit to Grandma’s or a longer trip, the most important thing you need to do is plan ahead and follow a schedule that’ll allow you to fulfill the needs of your little ones without upsetting them. You can travel by night so it’s more likely that they’ll sleep through the trip, time your stops right so they can use the bathroom and stretch their legs without getting too uncomfortable in case of car trips, or simply devise gimmicks you can use to entertain them.
2. Pack Heavy:make sure you’re bringing all the supplies you might need on the way, including, but not limited to: diapers, spare clothes, medicine, toys, plastic bags your kids can use if they get carsick, bottled water and anything else you find necessary. A nice tip is to compartmentalized everything, packing different types of things separately so you have diapers and ointments at hand without having to shift through plastic dinosaurs and cute onesies in case of emergency.
3. Get Your Game On: if you end up with a conscious kid on a long trip, don’t freak out just yet, it doesn’t need to be the end of the world, just keep in mind that means of transportation aren’t usually comfortable even for adults, let alone children, so make sure to be patient and understanding at all times. Getting upset will only result in upsetting them too, and that’s bad for everyone.
Be prepared, and travelling with your kids can end up being a pleasure instead of a headache.