If you’ve read my previous post you’ll already know, what it feels like traveling with kids.
“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear; The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all” – Meg Cabot
With that being said, if you have bravely decided to go ahead and travel with your little ones, let’s not fail to prepare. See my travel survival tips below!
Book night flights, that way kids will sleep on plane, less bathroom journeys, less jobs for you. This also ensures that kids are sticking to their routines and less cranky because they too busy sleeping.
Book direct flights if you can afford it, this will keep your kids settled and a sleep if you followed step one.
Don’t go extreme. Book destinations that the weather won’t disrupt the kids overly. Avoid weather that’s too hot or too cold to what they’re used to, chances are they’ll fall ill and that’s just not fun. This also goes for traveling to places with a huge time difference. It’s difficult on us as adults to readjust our body clocks, believe me you don’t want to be serving breakfast at 1am in the morning.
Get the wiggles out. Before traveling let them loose so they can get all that energy out. Let them run riot in the airport! The intention is that they are exhausted for the long haul flight that’s ahead. This way even if they aren’t falling asleep straight away they will at least settle for some quiet time. Most airports do have a designated kids zone which really helps to keep the little ones entertained for an hour or two.
Keep ’em busy . Traveling with kids is not same as going on holiday, on holiday you relax every moment you get. Traveling with kids, you’re in a different setting, but still a parent. You’re away from home comforts, and more importantly in confined spaces. Kids get bored and agitated, so this one time, don’t feel bad to give them the iPad. Download some new games, keep them charged, and let them go to town. Switch it up with some coloring pens, stickers, magazines, books and play doh. I’m sorry flight stewardesses we are your messy guests, but I think you’d prefer that to bored children running riot on a plane.
Keep calm and Carry ons. Let each child have their own light backpack full of their own comforts, stickers, snacks, drink bottles, magazine etc. You can pack their treats for them before the journey, not disclosing what’s inside, so inflight they have their own individual surprises to look forward to.
Get some perspective. Children will have so many questions, go on your knees and see the world from their level, it’s like Willy Wonka’s Wonderland! Let them be intrigued, and help them on their journey of demystifying the world around them. Their senses will be alive with the sights, sounds and smells. Try to relax and have a awesome attitude, after all you’re on holiday ish.
Let me know your kid friendly travel hacks, when you’re on your long travel journeys, whether it by road, plane or train.