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There are quite a lot of people who don’t even consider travelling somewhere with kids, believing that it’s just not worth the hassle. Truth be told, it is easier to travel alone or in a company of adults, but is it really that difficult to prepare properly for a trip that might be a perfect opportunity for you to spend a bit more time with your loved ones, who could enjoy that time so much, that they’ll cherish it for many years to come?
When you consider the possible benefits, there’s absolutely no reason why we wouldn’t prepare ourselves and the kids properly and enjoy a new adventure. To help you organise such a trip, we’ve prepared some of the most important tips, which should help you have a great time.
1. Remember that kids can’t follow your pace; adjust your itinerary so that they don’t feel stressed and overwhelmed. It’s always a better idea to plan fewer activities, but have some kind of backup in case your kids feel fresh enough. Also, make sure you check the weather forecast and plan some indoor activities in case of bad weather.
2. Should you decide to travel with another family, make sure you discuss what each of you wants to do and agree on the chores. This could help you share the responsibility of looking after the kids and they will be able to appreciate the company of their friends.
3. If your kid is taking some medications, make sure you bring along enough supplies and never rely on a local pharmacy at your destination to have any of the meds you might need.
4. If you’re still looking for the right accommodation, check if the hotel has any special family deals, such as free meals for kids or discounted rates. On the other hand, if your kid has some special dietary requirements, you need to either confirm with the hotel that they will provide the right food, or bring your own supplies of food and/or drinks.
5. You should never travel with kids and start looking for the best accommodation only after you reach your destination. Chances are that your kids will be exhausted after a long haul and won’t appreciate having to roam around an unknown town while you’re trying to find the right accommodation. You should book at least a short stay and then take your time to explore other options.
6. Some countries require visas and you need to check if that policy applies to both adults and children. So, do your research and apply for visas in a timely manner to avoid having to postpone the whole trip.
7. When it comes to packing, you have to be careful and rational at the same time. You can’t possibly pack all the stuff your kids have, but make sure you have the ones they’ll need. If your hotel has an indoor swimming pool, you don’t want to forget some fashionable girls’ swimwear for your daughter or swimming goggles for your son.
8. You want your kids entertained during the trip, so bring something that would keep them occupied and distracted. This is particularly important if you’re planning to drive a lot or if you have to spend time at the airport waiting for your flight.
9. Prepare some snacks for the trip, because there are not many things more frustrating than having to deal with hungry and nervous kids. Once they feel hunger, they become very cranky and that can really spoil the whole travelling experience.
10. Depending on the age of your kids, you should include them in the process of packing and give them a task of carrying a piece of luggage that they will be responsible for throughout the trip. Naturally, you’d have to monitor whether they’ve accidentally left their luggage behind, but teaching them responsibility is something that is best done in situations like these.
As you can see, travelling with kids doesn’t have to turn into a nightmare if you plan everything carefully and the potential benefits definitely justify the effort you have to put into making the trip a memorable one.