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  • Writer's pictureBach

Exploring the World with Children: Tips for Traveling with Kids

We never left our kids at home when we traveled; they were always with us, from the time they were 8 months old until they reached 19 years old. While it wasn't an easy decision and certainly came with its fair share of costs, I wouldn't change a thing if I could do it all over again. The priceless memories we made and the strong bonds we formed as a family, all thanks to our travels, made it absolutely worth it. Although I'm not an expert, I wanted to share the tips that proved invaluable to us during our travel journeys:

1. Plan Ahead: Research and plan your trip in advance, considering the interests and needs of your children. Look for family-friendly destinations and activities that will engage and entertain them. Expect to visit a lot of theme parks.

2. Pack Wisely: Pack essential items such as extra clothes, snacks, diapers (if needed), medication, and comfort items like a favorite toy or blanket. Also, consider bringing entertainment options like books, coloring books, or electronic devices for long journeys. I would always bring a snack pack in the plane. I'll have their favorite snacks in a ziplock.

3. Choose Kid-Friendly Accommodations: When booking accommodations, opt for family-friendly hotels or vacation rentals that provide amenities for children, such as play areas, swimming pools, or kids' clubs. We used to choose the hotels near the theme parks so that they can rest when tired and go back when they're energized.

4. Stick to Routine: While traveling disrupts the usual routine, try to maintain some consistency. Stick to regular meal times and bedtimes as much as possible to help children feel more comfortable and reduce potential meltdowns. I always choose a hotel with a tub so that they can soak in a warm bubble bath before bed. Make sure to disinfect the tub before use.

5. Be Flexible: Keep in mind that things may not always go as planned. Be prepared to adjust your itinerary or activities if needed. Allow for breaks and downtime to avoid overwhelming your children.

6. Engage the Kids: Involve your children in the travel experience. Let them help with small tasks like choosing activities or navigating maps. Encourage them to learn about the destination's culture, history, or language. Teach them how to say basic greetings if in a country with a different language.

7. Stay Safe: Prioritize the safety of your children during travel. Keep an eye on them at all times, especially in crowded areas. Use child safety restraints in vehicles and practice general safety precautions. It's important to always always not to go with, talk to or accept anything from strangers.

8. Plan for Entertainment: Long journeys can be challenging for kids. Prepare entertainment options like games, puzzles, or movies to keep them occupied during flights, car rides, or train journeys.

9. Take Breaks: If you're on a long road trip, plan regular breaks for stretching, bathroom breaks, and to let your children burn off some energy. Look for parks or rest areas where they can run around and play.

10. Be Patient and Enjoy the Moment: Traveling with kids can be unpredictable, but try to maintain a positive attitude. Embrace the adventure and enjoy the special moments with your children. Remember, creating lasting memories is what matters most.

Remember, every child is different, so adapt these tips to suit your family's specific needs and preferences. Happy travels with your kids!



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