Traveling with children can sometimes be like taking a herd of wild goats on a holiday. Factoring a child’s needs into your travel, whether they are your own or someone else’s, involves more than sticking on a CD full of pop music. No matter how much you love them, but by the end of the day you feel tired and drop the plan of holiday, as you have to keep running behind them instead of enjoying the tour. So simply follow these tips to make your traveling better than worse.
Tips To Be Considered For Traveling With Children/Toddlers
1Take your time
The greatest thing you can take while reaching airport, sightseeing or getting from one place to other is ‘extra time’. Toddlers don’t care for the time pressures of travel, they love to explore things and you’re more likely to retain cool if you factor the stalling, toilet stops, faffing and tantrums into your time frame.
Whether you’re staying in hotels or camping, look to it that you book ahead. Trying to retain the impulsiveness of travel with children doesn’t pay, if you arrive at your destination and try finding a bed in a bag or you just have to pitch and have to hit the road again with tired and hungry toddlers.
3Give them a camera
Giving children their own healthy, child-friendly camera which will encourage them to observe surroundings and focus on the things that interests them. You may be surprised by the results from their knee-high view. Amongst the pictures of wheels and feet, your child might shoot helicopters, flowers, boats, rocks, animals and everything, which you’ll never expect.
4Be prepared for the climate
It’s a simple advice, but children dressed comfortably for the environment will be happier in a new atmosphere. With all the things available, there is no excuse to dress your toddlers in four size bigger skis-suits, forgetting their gloves and leaving them barefoot.
5Use public transport
Most children would love to travel by train, boat or bus than a hired car. Use public transport wherever possible as they like watching people around, repeat the names of the metro stops when announced as it makes them even more excited about boarding the train each day rather than watching empty roads by melting down in the back seats.
6Invest in a child locator
Toddlers are never fans of reins, backpacks with a leash or any infringement on their freedom. Keep tabs on them at train stations, crowded attractions or at airports with a child locator. Attach a transmitter to a child’s small unit of strap of a shoe or a belt and keep it. Even if you lose your child, simply set off the alarm and follow the sound to find them.
7Don’t forget the medicine
When children are out of routine, eating less healthy or jet-lagged, kids always seem to get ill on a holiday. Moisten the impact of frayed temperaments, broken nights, and fevers by packing an easy-swallow medicine. Also, the basic ingredients in your first aid kit must include plasters, sting treatment, antiseptic wipes and a thermometer.
8Keep the activities coming
If you’re going on a long journey, then have a collection of toys to be handed once an hour. Carry handheld puzzles, word searches, stickers, tiny coloring books, tiny packs of Plasticine which will pass the time on a long car or flight journey.
9Have a number of family games ready in case of delay
In case of delay, let your child enjoy and not sit idle with that low smile face. Plan number of family games and put them in front of your children whenever there’s a delay or the cerebral games which are safer for air or car travel.