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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.