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Bringing your children on your next vacation will create lasting memories for the entire family. However, there are some important tips and tricks to keep in mind to make traveling with kids seamless.
First, arrive early. Whether that means getting to the airport an hour sooner than you would on your own or arriving for a scheduled tour a couple of minutes early. Kids require extra time to get settled and to ensure everyone is not stressed out, we encourage giving yourself extra time. Building on this, if this is your first trip with little ones, factor in that you’ll move more slowly than if you were traveling without kids.
Bring activities, toys, or games to keep your child busy. This suggestion will be unique to your child. Do they enjoy watching movies or playing with toy trains or cars? Whatever it is that makes your little one happy, bring those items. We recommend coloring books, reading books, or audio books too. When packing your child’s carry on, allow them to provide input as to what to bring and not bring.
Snacks are important for little ones, but just make sure you pack snacks that are not high in sugar. Some ideas are fruit, granola bars, milk or juice boxes, or trail mix.
You’ll have already packed quite a bit of stuff but save room for wipes, tissues, a change of clothes, and hand sanitizer in case you have any messes to clean up. Before leaving home, dress your kids in layers in case temperatures change throughout the day or in different modes of transportation. If you are flying, take a mandatory bathroom break about 10 minutes prior to boarding.
If you are traveling with more than one child, we’d recommend having each child wear a brightly colored shirt. Also, if you are traveling with your spouse and more than one child, have your spouse go through security first and you go through security last with your kids in the middle. This way you won’t lose any belongings and will be able to keep track of your kids.
Finally, if you want to avoid delays or waiting too long, consider flying as early in the day as possible to avoid delays. Also, if you are traveling overseas, see our tips here which include checking with your doctor and making sure passports are up to date. Also, when you get to the hotel at your destination, check the room to ensure it is child-proofed.
We hope these tips are helpful. If you’ve traveled with children, what are your tips and tricks for a fun and safe vacation?