Going on a family vacation is a great way to blow off steam and spend some quality time together bonding. It’s an opportunity to make new, wonderful memories and see new places together. However, while these getaways can be a lot of fun, traveling with kids isn’t always the easiest thing to get through, especially if you’re making a long journey. If you are looking forward to your family vacation but are slightly dreading how your kids are going to take it, here are a few things you can do which might help to make this experience a little easier for all of you.
Try to Travel at Times That Suit Their Sleep Routine
This won’t always be possible, as your budget and the flight schedules will play a big part in your traveling timetable, but if you can try to fit your journey times around your kid’s current schedule, this would be ideal. Tired kids who have had disturbed sleep cycles are only going to be crankier and more prone to tantrums, which is the last thing you need when you’re feeling tired and trying to deal with airport security or concentrating on driving.
If you’re driving to your vacation destination, make sure you have thought ahead and planned enough stops to give you and the kids a break from the car. Try to choose stops that might have some fun things to do for the little ones, such as a break area with a playground or seeing a point of interest.
If you are taking a flight to your destination, make sure you have booked a place in the car park before your arrival so you can leave the car somewhere safe. You can use ParkON to help you do this. Having a parking space waiting for you means you can don’t have to be concerned about the parking situation waiting for you if you are running a little late.
You will need to make sure your kids have something to keep them occupied on the journey unless you want a constant chorus of ‘are we there yet?’ or ‘I’m bored’ etc. If you do have a tablet that you can download their shows or films on, this could be a great way to kill a few hours in the car or on the plane (remember to use airplane mode). You could also play games with them like I-spy or a guessing game. Letting them bring some reading material with them is also a good idea.
While there might be places you can get food at the airport or at places you stop off during your road trip, it can get expensive to buy meals and snacks for everyone. Where possible, try to prepare some sandwiches or bring snacks from home that your kids and the rest of the family can eat on their journey, rather than having to spend more money at rest-stops and the airport cafes and shops.
First Aid Kit
Finally, it’s always smart to have a mini first aid kit with you when you travel, whether you have kids or not, but they can be more prone to bumps and bruises if they’re playing around with each other. Having some anti-bacterial wipes and creams along with band-aids might come in handy if anyone has a minor injury.
Taking your kids on vacation can be stressful, but also these will be moments that you look back on and smile. Make life a little easier for you and them by using these tips the next time your travel together.