Traveling around the world is one of the many exciting experiences that families get to share, and the thrill of discovering a new destination really calls for bonding time! When children are included in this experience, their innate curiosity and overt excitability makes it even more fun for all. However, traveling with children could easily turn into a disaster if you are not prepared. Here are a few tips to consider...
The first thing to consider when traveling with kids is your destination: are you going to a foreign country, is it in the tropics? What is the climate like? Is that country prone to epidemics? All those things need to be taken into account when choosing your destination, because it allows you to take preventive measures (vaccines, vaccine boosters and other immunization options) well in advance. Since kids can easily become sick while abroad, a way to help prevent that would be to carry baby wipes and mild sanitizers to ensure that their hands are always neat and clean before and after meals.
Kids constantly seek excitement, so make the trip an exciting adventure for them! Ask your children what they would like to do and try to include their suggestions in your activity planning. For your trip, pack some games (a well loaded phone, Ipod or Ipad would also do) that they could enjoy while in the car or on the plane. In addition, you could ask them to keep a “Travel Diary”, in which they would write down all the activities they had, the foods they ate and the places they visited. To add to that, you could reward them with a disposable camera that they could use to “remember the moments”. It’s amazing how kids could get creative, when we allow them to!
Security is probably the most concerning factor when traveling with kids. In addition to choosing a reliable hotel in a safe location, there are many other things that you could do to ensure that you always have an eye on your kids, without breaking a sweat. For instance, you could invest in a “child locator” that will allow you to find your child in case he/she gets lost. This can come in handy in crowded areas such as airports, trains stations, attraction parks, and others. With a child locator (a device strapped to your child’s belt or shoes), all you need to do is trigger the alarm on your transmitter and follow the sound where it leads you. Of course, the area needs to be relatively quiet for you to be able to hear the alarm properly.
So there you are, with tips and tricks on how to make your traveling experience with the kids easier and more fun! Remember, early planning is the key to ensure that you are fully prepared for whatever surprise come your way. Most importantly, don’t forget have fun!