Car seats, stroller, diaper bags, the joy of plane traveling with children. Let’s face it: if your destination requires a flight and you have young kids, then you better do some planning in advance. Don’t get me wrong, traveling with kids isn’t always a nightmare. In fact, lots of people really enjoy those moments that today may seem impossible to imagine. Whether you are taking your kids with you because you can’t even consider a vacation without them and your chest hurts just by picturing it, or because you can’t seem to find the most responsible and perfect babysitter. Let’s take a look at these tips that can help you know more about how to travel with your children and enjoy your free days from the first moment.
Take Your Time: You Both Need It
Forget about those years and experiences when everything you did was last minute. With children, you always need extra time. Kids sometimes just want to explore, while other times they are sleepy or cranky and need a moment or two to feel better. When properly managed kids can be made to feel comfortable and excited about the journey they are about to take. There are days when they need a quick nap or simply play and do something they really enjoy instead of walking from A to B or going from one museum to another attraction nonstop. Keep the activities coming and, depending on the age of your kids, take with you a small collection of toys to be handed out, puzzles, stickers or coloring books. And no more long days without stopping, for everyone’s sake. Downtime is not a waste.
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Don’t Bring More Stuff Than You Can Carry
There’s no doubt: your packing list with essentials is longer than it used to be. Since you are a parent, sometimes you will need to do everything with just one hand as the other one has to be free for your child. It’s a fine line between carrying everything you need in case of an emergency (when you have kids, cold weather can be considered an emergency if you don’t have enough winter coats), and something you can carry easily. Backpacks are an awesome choice. Clothes, snacks, a blanket and a pillow, a box of wipes and the list goes on and on. Welcome to minimalism!
Stick to One Hotel And Be Flexible with Routines
Perhaps it’s a better idea to just stay at one hotel the first time and analyze how the journey with your kids goes. You’ll have plenty of moments to trip around and move from one place to another. If you have the possibility, it’s always a plus to book a hotel with amenities: a pool, playground or game room will give them a place to expel a little energy. And, not less important, if your kid sleeps in a crib, you can bring your own (if space allows for it and it’s not the heaviest) instead of asking for one and facing the fact that not all the cribs are as clean as yours. True, it’s a new place to sleep so try to be so flexible with a sleep schedule and you’ll be less frustrated.
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Traveling with kids is the best possible way for parents and children to bond with each other. Trip after trip, you will realize that it gets easier and easier. Don’t be surprised that kids are very good at adapting to new environments. What’s more, the younger you start traveling with your children, the quicker they become excellent travel companions.
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