Now that you have little ones in your life, your holiday may seem a little different than before. While it can be exciting to expose your kids to new cultures and adventures, travelling with little ones requires some research.
Although it seems like the kids do not need more than a beach and water nearby, there is a lot more to take in mind while travelling with them. So how to make your travel easy and convenient with little ones? Let’s jump in!
Make sure to plan your holiday in advance to avoid last-minute stress. With booking the hotels and destination, make sure to check how child friendly they are. For example, do they have changing tables in the toilet areas? While planning the holiday, tell your kids what is about to happen and where you go to. You might want to look up some nice pictures of the destination country, or you can create a travel timeline so the kids can follow every step on a holiday itinerary.
The biggest difference in travelling with or without kids is the packing of the suitcase. Whereas you were once your only priority, you now have to think for multiple persons.
Here are a few items you may want to bring with you:
Diapers: although diapers are available in many countries you might want to bring some of your own. If you arrive late and stores are closed, you will have extras in your suitcase. Your kid may also develop diaper rash if you use different brands.
Snacks & Activities: If you are going on a long trip, make sure to pack plenty of snacks, toys and activities to keep your kids entertained during the trip. You should also bring some baby food in a jar, as your child may dislike the local foods.
Some of their favorite things: bring something that reminds them of home, such as their favorite blanket or stuffed animal.
Medication: Does your child take medication? Remember to pack them. It is also a good idea to bring any over-the-counter medication, such as pain relievers or after-bite cream, if you are traveling to a country where mosquitos are prevalent.
Finally, pack some extra clothing and swimsuits in your hand luggage. You never know when you’ll need it.
Check passports and travel documents
Before leaving, double-check that your passports are still valid. When arriving in the destination country, the passport may need to be valid for a few more months. Check to see if any passports for children are required in the destination country.
Book a travel cot at the airline or bring your own travel cot
A long flight can be tiring for both you and your little one that’s why you’re able to book a travel cot at some airlines. Make sure to check in advance whether they are available. You can always bring your own travel cot on to the plain.
Bring your favourite travel pushchair
One of the least favorite things to do as a parent is drag and lift your children all day. Let's face it, it's also our holiday, and we don't want to spend it lying around in pain like an 80-year-old grandma. Choose to always travel with a pushchair that is simple to fold and unfold with only one hand, and because it is so small, you can store it in your overhead compartment until the plane has landed. However, always confirm with the airlines their regulations and whether you are able to store the pushchair in the overhead compartment.
At last: just relax and go with the flow
Children relax when you relax. They can be quite unpredictable: they like to go to the beach one day and don't want to do anything the next. Accept it, be adaptable, and simply go with the flow. Relax and simply enjoy your vacation. Remember, even if you have children, this is your time away as well. It'll be back to reality at home before you know it!