Traveling with your kids is one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. To be able to share the experiences of the world with them is a priceless gift for both them and you. You will particularly notice this as they get older; some of the things they will mention will leave you astounded that they remembered that moment!
Traveling with kids can also be a difficult experience at times. Children are pretty hardy but extra preparation is often required to make sure there aren’t any meltdowns when kids get too tired or too hungry.
So we thought we’d give you a handy list of 4 ways to save your sanity when you set out to travel with your kids:
- Be aware of things that will delay your entrance to exciting places. For example Florida theme park tickets are easily purchased online. But did you know that when you buy vouchers online for theme parks you still have to queue at the gate to get your actual tickets? Yep – me either! Your kids might be excited to get inside and you’ve told them it will just be a minute, only to discover you have a 45-minute line up in the hot sun to exchange your voucher for real entry tickets! Plan ahead when visiting attractions and check that the service sells you real tickets to avoid the longest hour of your life with whiney kids!
- Carry snacks. Yep – seems obvious! But if you’re not prepared you can discover there are no more granola bars or apples in your bag just when you’ve been informed that the bus journey is actually 3 hours longer than promised and you won’t be making stops to buy food! Little tummies can’t hold as much as an adult tummy and kids need regular top ups. Make sure everyone has at least a bottle of water and that you have a stash of snacks for those emergency situations. A squashed flat bag of dried fruit or crushed biscuits from the recesses of your day pack is better than nothing at all.
- Know where the toilets are. Kids often don’t need to go to the toilet until OH MY GOD I NEED TO GO NOOOOOOWWWW MUM!! Keep an eye out for bathroom stops and encourage your kids to use them, just in case! I’d suggest a small packet of tissues tucked into your bag too.
- Know your kid’s sleep needs. If your kids are like mine they will fit in with whatever routine your family is in that week. Seeing events that are once-in-a-lifetime sights might mean your kids have to stay up later than they are used to. Plan to let them sleep in the next day rather than having a busy outing planned so you can all enjoy the event without worrying about the fall-out the next day.
Do you have any of your own sanity savers when traveling with kids? Please share in the comments so we can all steal your ideas!
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