To help you enjoy your time traveling with your family, we have put together a quick family-friendly travel guide below.
1. Plan in advance
Whether you are planning a family camping break or an around the world trip, it pays to plan in advance.
Never underestimate the importance of planning when travelling with kids in tow. Make sure to book your flights, accommodation and transfers in advance. There is nothing worse than being stuck with tired children and nowhere to stay or no available transport. So, ensure you always plan and book everything in advance.
2. Allow lots of time
Make sure to always allow extra time when you are travelling with children. Kids love exploring and looking at new things and don’t like to be hurried along. To ensure you don’t miss your flights, factor extra time in for things like toilet trips, stalling and even temper tantrums.
3. Be prepared
Think about where you are travelling to, and be prepared for it. Make sure to dress your children in suitable clothing for the climate you are travelling to.
Children who are dressed correctly for a new place will be happier and more comfortable. Do your research and find the best clothing options for them – the last thing you want is a sulky toddler who is too hot or too cold.
Don’t just think about their clothes, think about their shoes too. If you are going to a tropical country, think about whether they will need beach shoes. Is the sand too hot to walk on? Do sea urchins lurk underneath?
If you know you are going to be sat in the car, on a train or a plane for a long time, make sure to bring enough activities to keep the little ones entertained.
Crayons, coloring books, hand held puzzles, and travel games always go down well. If you are planning on taking crayons and other art materials, make sure to pack crafts that are simple for adults to do too – kids love it when mommy and daddy join in with them.
If you are flying and have to travel light, leave the toys and games at home and load as many child-friendly apps onto your phone or tablet as possible. A fully charged device loaded with lots of children’s games can make one of the best traveler toys. Best of all, it doesn’t take up too much space.
5. Pack a mini first aid kit
Kids seem to have a habit of getting sick whilst travelling, so make sure to pack a mini first aid kit in your suitcase. Fill it with Calpol, plasters, antiseptic wipes, antihistamines, and anything else you might need. Always ensure you pack a thermometer as well.
6. Don’t lose them
Kids love running off and exploring, but when you are in a foreign place, this kind of disappearing act can be incredibly worrying.
Before you travel, look into the best child location devices. All you need to do is clip part of the device on your child, then if you lose sight of them, activate your controller and follow the sound till you find you find them again.
You could also write your phone number on your child’s arm or leg, so that if they end up getting lost you can be easily contacted.