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It’s always relaxing when you spend your vacation with your loved ones especially with kids and happier when you visit attractive places together. However, it is indeed true that taking kids during travel can be a challenging and exhausting task since they are very energetic, making the trip more unbearable.

 

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So, to make the most out of your travel or family vacation, we have compiled some useful tips to enjoy your travel with kids.

How to Enjoy Your Travel with Kids?

  • Involve Kids in Planning Your Trip

There is no better way to get your kids excited and happy about a family vacation than including them in the preparation process. This starts by asking them where they want to go and what activities they want to do.

However, if they are not familiar with different destinations, you can suggest three destinations and let them choose. Also, integrating some of their suggestions into your vacation is highly recommended.

  • Encourage Children Not To Use Their Gadgets

Children nowadays tend to be committed to their smartphones and other gadgets. You can set some rules regarding this matter so that you will not spend the whole time intended for your trip in arguing with them.

For example, you can tell them that during meals they are not allowed to use any of their gadgets. Better yet, you can set schedules, in the morning or before bedtime. Also, let them use their digital camera to take photos with beautiful sceneries that they can share with their classmates and friends back home.

In the same way, whatever rules you set for them, you need to follow it as well. Kids will never appreciate your rules if you are checking your job email or using your gadgets while you’re on vacation with them.

  • Make an Itinerary

Making an itinerary before your trip is always a great idea to escape a last-minute argument about where to go and what to do next. This will also ensure that no one will be disappointed if your kid’s preferred tour or activity is not available that can be very normal during peak seasons.

If you are staying at hotels, count on the concierge worker there to help you with your itinerary. They can assist you in booking events, tours, and events. Most importantly, they can recommend tour guides and activities that best suited for kids and adults alike such as snorkeling.

  • Always Bring Water

During your trip, make sure that the entire family is hydrated especially, kids. In fact, dehydration can lead to tiredness and headaches that may ruin your family vacation.

Thus, carrying bottled water and have them readily accessible is highly recommended. Also, don’t drink water in restaurants or hotels unless it’s purified or bottled to avoid any problem.

  • Have food Accessible All The Time

Kids who travel frequently may find themselves eating in new places and eating new cuisines. They might be very excited and forget to eat.

Nevertheless, make sure to pack food that is readily accessible during your trip. So that whenever your child wants to eat, you can feed him/her instantly without looking for the nearest restaurant.

  • Stay Longer

When traveling with children packing and unpacking can be a very challenging and tiring task. However, the best thing that you could do to enjoy your vacation is to stay a bit longer in every destination you visit.

Better yet, stay in one destination at least two nights, as it will give you the chance to enjoy the hotel facilities as well as do some activities together with your kids without rushing.

  • Prepare Surprises and Treats

Bring small treats and presents and reward your kids for their behavior while you travel. During train rides or long flights, make sure to give your kids a small gift such as coloring books, toy car, or puzzle.

As a matter of fact, this will not only inspire them to good, but it keeps them amused as well. Also, it is always a nice idea to let kids choose souvenirs from the places you have visited so that they will have a token from your trip.

  • Dress your Children Appropriately

How could you expect your kids to enjoy the snow if they are wearing ski suits that don’t fit their size? Even though you are appropriately dressed, but your kids aren’t, trust us you will not be able to enjoy it.

So if you want to enjoy the moment make sure to dress your kids appropriately.

  • Let your children pack their travel bag

Give your kids a travel bag or tote bag and allow them to put the things they want to carry for your trip. Children will surely appreciate it, and it is one less thing for you to prepare to get ready. On the other hand, if you have younger kids, it is best to guide and limit the stuff they can place in their bag because you will be the one to suffer since they don’t have the strength to carry heavy luggage.

  • Get Musical

Kids love singing their favorite children songs. However, if you can’t sing any of the music they love, make sure to set your kid-safe and fun playlist in advance so that you will be able to keep everybody happy.

But, if they prefer to listen to their song, consider Solo headphones. Though you should still communicate with them from time to time.

  • Do not over schedule

During your trip, there could be plenty of things to do and see. However, kids, especially the younger ones may get overwhelmed with ease when you rush them from one activity to another.

For that reason, make sure not to plan more than two activities per day. Also, divide the time between play time for kids and alone for teens.

On the other hand, set a bonding time for the family so that you will be able to show them the different videos and photographs you captured. Most importantly, discuss everybody’s most unforgettable parts of your day.

  • Prepare Children for Various Customs and Foods

It may not always be possible for children to have the type of food they like and know. Thus, make sure to discuss other options with your kids in advance, so they are well-prepared to try something different making your trip more enjoyable.

Also, teaching children how to say “thank you” and “please” using local languages will make them feel comfortable.

  • Make sure that you have backup plans

Hopefully, nobody will get sick. Hopefully, everything will work out as intended and it will not rain. But, having backup plans for such cases won’t only come in manageable when this goes off beam. Backup plans lessen stress especially when your kids develop a cough as well as a sniffle.

  • Don’t forget your personal needs

Yes, it is a family vacation, but don’t forget to schedule some time for yourself so that you will be able to enjoy it.

Let your kids do the things they want to do so that you will be able to read and take a nap. But if you want to have a night out, you can always hire a babysitter.

However, make sure that the babysitter is responsible enough in taking good care of your kids.

  • Stay Calm

Always keep in mind that traveling with kids can be very stressful sometimes. So to avoid making any argument during your trip make sure to stay calm.

Make sure to understand the behavior of your kids unless it is acceptable since they are dealing with a new environment and people.

Talk to them in a very calm way, especially if there is an activity they want to do, but you think it’s not good or too dangerous for them so that the mood won’t be ruined.

  • Keep Track of your Children

Though this tip is very common, mentioning it is still important. No matter what you are doing, make sure you have an idea where your kids are so that you will not be able to spend your time searching for them.

On the other hand, if you are traveling with other adults or parent, share duties. But if you are traveling with children alone make sure to keep your eyes on them or hold their hands if necessary.

Even the most attentive parent can lose track of their kids. Either way, if your kids love wandering, considering attaching a small GPS tracker on their belt or shoes.

Conclusion

There you have it the 16 tips to enjoy your travel with kids. Either way, traveling with kids can be a challenging, yet very memorable experience.

Having a quality with your children doesn’t only strength the connections between parents, but, it improves their well-being as well.

Nevertheless, by considering the tips mentioned above, you will make the most of your vacation even if your children are with you.

If you are looking for a great family vacation, why not consider a trip to Alaska, the largest state in the US. Kids will love exploring Alaska’s diverse terrain, abundant wildlife, and vast wilderness, and so will you. With its many charming small towns, the highest mountains in North America, and millions of acres of national parks, a trip to Alaska is a dream vacation for families with young kids.

 

Alaska with kids

Alaska with kids

Traveling to Alaska with young kids will expose them to nature, excitement, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Reasons to visit Alaska with kids

Alaska is a great destination for a family vacation for a number of reasons. First of all, it isn’t too far away even though it seems like another world. Alaska offers something for everyone in the family, from the grandparents to young children and everything in between. History lovers will enjoy learning about the state’s rich history of native cultures and customs, the Russian influence in Sitka, the Gold Rush era in Skagway, and seeing the totem poles in Ketchikan. Nature lovers will delight in Alaska’s natural beauty, glaciers, wildlife, and marine life.

Preparing for your trip

To make the most out of traveling to Alaska with young kids, you will want to start by doing your homework. If your kids are old enough, talk to them about their interests, and let them help plan your activities. This will get them more interested in and excited about the trip.

The weather in Alaska can be very unpredictable, so when packing for your kids, be sure to bring layers, waterproof shoes, coats, hats, gloves, and thick warm socks. If you plan on hiking with your kids, bring water bottles, backpacks, and snacks, and consider GPS trackers and bear bells for safety. Choose hikes that are not too challenging or long so your kids won’t get too tired. Taking your kids on practice hikes before your trip might help get them prepared so they know what to expect.

How will you get to Alaska?

While flying is the quickest way to get to Alaska, you might consider driving if you have the time. If you drive via the AL-CAN highway, you will get to enjoy stunning scenery along the way. You might also consider taking the Alaska Marine Highway from Seattle through the Inside Passage. This offers you the option bringing your car and even a family pet. You will also get to see parts of Alaska that are hard to get to by car. The Alaska Marine Highway travels along the same route as Inside Passage cruises but at a lower cost. With playrooms, observation decks, and arcades, your kids will be entertained along the way, and you will have a choice of several different routes.

Kid-friendly activities

The best part about traveling to Alaska with young kids is that there are so many activities to choose from and places to see. From boat tours to glacier hikes, family camps to dog sledding rides, the range of kid-friendly activities in Alaska is unbeatable. Here are a few top recommendations for you to consider including on your trip.

Family camp

Family camps give kids an opportunity to learn about wildlife and explore Alaska’s natural history. There are several camps to choose from including Alaskan Coastal Studies based in Homer on the Kenai Peninsula, the Road scholar program at Denali, and the Wrangell Mountains Center at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. All of them are educational and entertaining for all ages.

Kid-friendly cruises

An Alaska cruise is a great choice for a relaxing family vacation with young kids. Whether you choose a small boat cruise, an Inside Passage cruise, or a themed cruise, you will find that kid-friendly cruises offer safety and security, activities, adventure, and programs that will keep your kids entertained and leave you time to relax.

Cruising on a small boat with kids provides them with close up views of nature, calving glaciers, and marine life. Shore excursions such as hiking, kayaking, nature walks, and fishing will be a highlight of the trip for you and for your kids. Family-friendly cruises offer plenty of food options that even picky eaters will like, youth programs, board games, and wildlife presentations. Many offer discounts for kids, so be sure to keep that in mind when shopping for cruises.

Sled dog adventure and Musher’s Camp – Skagway

A sled dog adventure, which combines thrills, puppies, and nature exploration with Alaskan culture and tradition, is sure to make your kids smile. To get to the training grounds, you will ride through the Alaska rainforest. From there, you will take a thrilling dog sled ride and then visit the next generation of sled dog puppies. This great activity will be an unforgettable experience for kids of all ages.

Yukoner Half-Day Tour – Skagway

A full-day train and bus excursions is too long for most kids’ attention spans. This half-day tour is a great way to see Yukon Territory in a shorter amount of time. It will take you over the White Pass Summit, into British Columbia, and to the Yukon border, where you will see beautiful scenery, mountain goats, and black bears. Children of all ages are welcome on this tour.

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour – Ketchikan

If your kids like hands-on experiences, be sure to include this tour on your itinerary. Kids will love the excitement of joining a crew of fishermen. They will learn all about the local fishing industry and hear stories and first hand accounts of fishing adventures from the crew. Kids must be at least 5 years old to participate in this adventure. Be sure to book in advance because this activity is very popular.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the many kid-friendly activities that are available in Alaska. Other possibilities include rainforest tours, flightseeing adventures, whale-watching tours, glacier walks, ziplining activities, and visits to national parks, museums, nature centers, and zoos. Clearly, you will have no trouble finding exciting and educational activities for your kids in Alaska. The only problem will be finding enough time to take advantage of everything that Alaska has to offer.