Tips For Traveling With Your Family

by | May 3, 2023 | Family

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Traveling with the Family

Planning a family trip?

Are you planning a big family trip? Traveling with children can be daunting task for parents. Long flights, unfamiliar surrounds and disrupted routines can cause stress and anxiety for both parents and children. But, travel is a great way to provide some amazing experiences for your child and create some long lasting memories. Whether you are planning a short trip close to home, or hopping on a plan to fly hundreds of miles away, a little preparation and planning can make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Here are some tips for traveling with your family.

  1.  Plan Ahead

The key to a successful family vacation is to plan ahead.  This means booking flights and accommodations in advance, researching the destination and its activities and packing appropriate clothing and gear for your children.  You should also consider your child’s age and temperament when making travel plans.  For example, younger children may have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time, so it’s important to schedule breaks and activities that allow them to move around.

  1. Keep Your Children Safe

When traveling with children, safety should be your top priority.  This means keeping a close eye on your children at all times, especially in crowded areas such as airports and tourist attractions.  You should also pac a first-aid kit, including any medication your child may need.

  1. Pack Smart

When packing for your family vacation, it’s important to pack smart.  This means packing only what you need and avoiding overpacking.  You should also pack a carry-on bag with essential items such as snacks, toys and a change of clothes for your child in case any accidents or spills. 

  1. Keep Your Children Entertained

Traveling with children can be a long and boring experience for them, so it’s important to keep them entertained.  You can do this by packing toys, books, and games that are appropriate for your child’s age and interests.  You can also download movies and TV shows onto a tablet or smartphone.

  1. Be Flexible

When traveling with children, it’s important to be flexible.  You have to be open to changing your plans if your child is tired or cranky, or if the weather isn’t cooperating.  Backup plans are also important in case of any unforeseen circumstances, especially when you risk flight delays or cancellations.

  1. Allow Your Children to Participate in Planning

Allowing your children to participate int he planning process can help them feel more invested in the trip. And they’re more excited about the destination.  This can involve letting them choose activities or restaurants, or involving them in the research process by looking up information about the destination together.

  1. Take Advantage of Child-Friendly Activities

Many destinations offer child-friendly activities such as zoos, amusement parks, and museums.  Taking advantage of these activities can help keep your child entertained and engaged.  You can also look for child-friendly tours or classes that allow your children to learn about the destination in a fun and interactive way.

  1. Keep Your Child’s Routine in Mind

Traveling can disrupt your child’s routine leading to crankiness and meltdowns.  Keep your child’s routine in mind when planning your daily activities, such as when they normally eat, or have down time.  If you can keep a routine similar to what they normally have, you will have much more calm and relaxed kids.

  1. Don’t Forget to Relax

Traveling with children can be stressful, so it’s important to take time to relax and recharge.  This can involve scheduling downtime in your itinerary, or taking advantage of childcare services at your hotel or resort.  You can also look for activities that allow you to relax and unwind, such as spa treatments or yoga classes.

Traveling can be exhausting, so also build some time in when you get home to relax and recharge before jumping back at work.  Remember that traveling with your child is to make memories, so even when something goes as planned, you can still make it into a memory.  I don’t think my kids will ever forget our flights being canceled at the airport and driving home in the middle of a blizzard.  We made it an adventure!

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By Dr. Kim Grengs, Ed.D., Parent Coach

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