Travelling with your family can be an amazing experience to say the least. That being said, traveling with children in particular can be stressful. The more you do it though, the easier it becomes. If you want to take that next step, then this is the guide for you.
Take it Slowly
Planning for extra time probably isn’t what you’d do if you were travelling alone. You may leave the house so that you can get to the airport as late as possible so you don’t have to wait as long. This is understandable, but that being said, when you have kids, you need to change your approach. You need to get there with plenty of time to spare because everything will take longer than you expect. You won’t want to miss your flight because it takes you longer to get your bottles or even your stroller through security. You also won’t want to be stuck at the airport, with children who are not loving the airport. If you leave extra time, you will make every aspect of your trip, way easier.
Families especially have a tendency to overpack. Bringing familiar items with you will help to keep any routine you have consistent, and it will also help you to ensure that you have everything you need. Unfortunately, this is a bad idea. At the end of a long day travelling, you may end up carrying at least one of your children. The last thing that you need is to have 100lbs of luggage as well. If you want to get around this, then you need to take as little with you as possible. If you are missing something, then there’s a high chance that you can buy it when you are out. Things that you should take with you include sanitary pads, so you can at least take care of yourself if Aunt Flow makes an appearance.
If you have your flights booked for your trip then you should know that this isn’t all you have to worry about. You also need to think about where you are staying. This isn’t easy when you have kids, but there are things that you can do to make it easier on yourself. When you arrive in a new place, you will want to go right to your hotel where you can drop off your bags. You can also give your kids the chance to rest if they need to. This is very true if you know that it has been a long journey for them. You can book events ahead of time as well, so book whatever you need before you go. Just don’t book anything for the same day you arrive, because you just don’t know how tiring the journey is going to be for your kids. If you can book something for free, and there is no deposit then you can make a booking anyway, and just cancel it if you know the kids aren’t up to it. This will make sure nobody misses out.