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Whether it’s your first or your fiftieth trip with your children, traveling with children will always be a bit daunting. What should you pack? How will you get there? Will you find things for your kids to eat? There are some things you can do to prepare and have a trip that the whole family can enjoy:
Just Do It
The idea of traveling with children might seem overwhelming, but remember, you will survive. You can still have great vacations, whether you want to relax on the beach, have a city break with downtown restaurants, or even go on a road trip, as long as you plan before you go.
Take It Slow
When you traveled without kids in tow, you might have been able to get used to rushing through the airport and onto the airplace, without a care in the world, but you can’t do that now. Take it slow, and let everyone rush around you. Try to go with the flow instead. You can enjoy the steadier pace.
It can be tempting to pack everything and the kitchen sink, in fear of being caught without something your child wants or needs. Remember that almost everything can be bought in most places you’re likely to be traveling to with kids. One must-have that can be a concern is diapers, as some eco or organic brands can be hard to find abroad. If you’re used to using one of these brands, try a non-eco brand in a test run before you go, so you know whether or not your child will have any kind of reaction.
Hotel Or Vacation Rental
Hotels have advantages for parents, such as room service and babysitting services, but vacation rentals mean you can make the place your home. This can work better, as you can prepare your own meals, which is ideal if you’re dealing with a special diet or a fussy eater. Both options have their perks.
If you decide to stay in a hotel, take your time booking and do your research. What’s the food like for children? Is the access to the hotel doable with a pushchair or a toddler with tired little legs? Is there a kid’s club or babysitting service? What sort of bed setup is there for children?
Brand Them And Track Them
If you’re worried about losing small children, brand them by writing your name and phone number on their arms. This way, if they do get away from you, you can be contacted easily. You can also invest in GPS tracking devices that can be attached to your child’s wrist, clothing, or app, so you can see exactly where they are using an app.
Pool Vs Sea
Even if you plan to stay by the beach, a pool can be a good thing to have at your hotel too. Some children love the sea, whereas others hate it. You don’t want to arrive and find that yours is one of the latter. A pool is great for little ones to play in too.
What are some tips you use to make traveling with kids a breeze?
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