Top tips for Travelling with Kids
Whether it’s your first trip after the birth of your child or your 1000th, you may be looking for ways to avoid the stress and chaos that may bubble to the surface. Luckily, we’ve put together some of our top tips for smooth travels with children, starting with, being prepared! Learn about the rest of the tips we have by reading further.
Kids can often be energetic and impatient, but they can also get tired and cranky very quickly. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? However, preparing ahead and catering your travel itinerary to the child’s rhythm can be a great way to avoid a pending disaster (or at least most of it)!
Below are our top tips in order to do this and make travelling with kids a breeze!
Top tips for family travel
Choose the right destination
First of all, when looking for destination ideas, it is always important to consider the needs and tastes of children. From accommodation to recreation, choose a hotel that meets the needs of the children or the needs of the trip. It's usually a good idea to involve your child in your decision-making, so that they feel included in the trip!
Make a travel budget
Travelling with the family doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s good to plan ahead and have an idea of how much you’d like to spend during your trip. This way, you can keep track of whether you are above or below the budget. Of course, you are totally free to splurge sometimes on some special experiences for your kids and family. The important thing is, if you have a good overview of the budget you’d like to stick to, it’ll help remove some of the stress of the costs of travel.
Set a flexible schedule - Don’t overdo it
If you try to see every single sight, or do every single thing, you may wind up adding extra stress that may have been avoidable otherwise. Try not to jam pack your schedule full of too many plans. More importantly, don’t forget that you’ll have to fit other essential activities into your travel plans, such as naptime, snack time, potty breaks and more.
It’s good to incorporate these into your planning and timing ahead of time, also thinking about, for example, where you can get a snack or hit the restroom (and even keep some back ups in mind or on hand in case someone has a dire need suddenly)!
Expect the unexpected
At the end of the day, things won’t always go as planned. It’s great to have some contingencies in case something comes up and the itinerary changes. This can mean, backup hotels, lunch spots, activities, or even a backup destination entirely.
Don’t forget the family travel souvenirs
Souvenirs are a special way to remember a family trip! They can help bring back memories of how you and the kids felt at that time, what activities you did and what you enjoyed most about the trip together.
Souvenirs come in all shapes and sizes. They can be very ‘touristy’, for example, key chains or magnets or other small trinkets. They can be very unique, something produced locally that can’t be found anywhere else! Big or small, touristy charm or uniquely local, what’s important is the memories and joy they bring to you and the family.
In fact, souvenirs don’t even have to be physical! Photos (digital or physical) are a fantastic example of this, and a great way to capture the memories of a fun family trip.
Trust your kids
While the kids may seem like the biggest cause of potential chaos or uncertainty during a trip, it's a real pleasure to see them exploring new settings and discovering new cultures! Believe in them, children can adapt quickly to change, and the curiosity created by travel can help this adaptation even more! There is no better way to let children open their hearts to the world around them and understand its beauty and diversity.
Babysits is active in 50+ countries, so you can even use Babysits to find a babysitter while travelling! Let’s say, you wanted to have a nice dinner date, with adults only, or you simply need an extra hand to help the kids throughout the day, you can find a local babysitter wherever you are travelling to help out!
You can check out all of the countries where Babysits is available here: www.babysits.org
And, you can even use the same Babysits account to sign up, log in and contact babysitters in any of the countries.
Of course, your family may not only include kids! In the event that your family includes some four legged members, you can check out some tips for holiday travel with the pets here!