It’s not a secret that travelling with kids can be quite nerve wracking. We all also know that kids are the most amazing, wonderful things in the world, when they are asleep. So here are some tips to hopefully help you cope with the idea of travelling with your kids.
- Location, location, location
It is very important that you decide together where to go. Kids can be quite stubborn when it comes to their dislikes. And if they say that The Great Canyon doesn’t seem that interesting, then don’t force them into a trip that they are set from the beginning not to like. So the best thing to do is to decide together. If you are travelling on a budget, you can do the research beforehand and let the kids chose from three or four locations you have decided on. That will involve them in the decision making process, but you would still be in control of the whole situation.
- Research, research, research
Once you have decided on a precise location, make sure to also do the research together. You should look up tourist attractions and places you might want to go sightseeing. It is also crucial to let them get involved and get the feeling that their opinion matters and that their voice is being heard. Depending on how long your vacation will be, you can also make a schedule for each day, where to include everyone’s favorite activities. Don’t make the mistake of only planning time together. Especially if you are going to have a longer holiday, both you and the kids will end up needing some alone time. So make sure to include that in the daily schedule.
If you are dealing with teenagers, the best thing to do is to let them pack for themselves. If you do not trust they will make the best decisions, you can simply supervise and intervene only when necessary. We all know how sensitive teenagers can be when it comes to their style. If you have younger kids, you can just pack together, but make sure to ask them, or make them choose one or two favorite toys that you can take with you. Do not underestimate them so much as to let the pack for themselves, because you will end up with nothing but toys and no clothes or other things they may need.
- Always be prepared
The emergency backpack should be a thing by now. Kids get hurt. A lot. Make sure to have fixes for all their small injuries. Always keep a backpack handy with everything you may need in case of an emergency. You can include anything from band – aids, disinfectant, creams, lotions, pills (including for allergies, if you know them to be sensitive), and so on. And, above all, remember to always keep your cool, no matter how bad the situation may appear to be.