Travelling abroad can be exciting and fun and full of new adventures you can’t wait to have. But when you add in kids in the mix, it can get a little stressful. Travelling with children requires a lot more effort for sure, but don’t let it deter you from making fabulous holiday plans whether it is a action packed golf tour abroad or a relaxing get away to an exotic new beach.
Let us take a look at some of the smartest travelling tips from savvy parents –
- Plan well – Travelling with the little ones requires a little more thoughtful planning right from the start. While it is tempting to cram in as much as you can when travelling out of the country, make sure you devise, plan and then accordingly book for a child friendly schedule that allows for a little flexibility. Account for tired and cranky kids, or a sick day or two and ensure that the pace you are setting has allowances for a slow down. Also always check for day care and baby sitting facilities at hotels you are planning to stay back in case you are thinking of taking in sights or doing activities that you rather enjoy unencumbered without the kids.
- Tackle medical concerns – Always remember travelling to a new country means exposing the kids to a different set of potential illness and more so when you are heading to muggy, tropical places or a climate totally unlike your own. Find out well beforehand about what kind of vaccines and immunizations you may need to get for the kids and what medications you need to have on hand. It is also always a wise idea to carry a stash of all the usual meds you have for common illnesses like a cold, fever, tummy ache etc. that your child is used to. If your child has an allergy to something make sure you always have that information on hand with you and with your child in the local language and in English.
- Prepare all the right documentation – Travelling abroad may require a visa and other travel documents and the same applies for your kids as well. When putting together your visa papers, make sure you have all the required information for the kids as well. And remember their visa will cost the same as yours so plan for the documentation and financial needs accordingly.
- Find the right accommodation – Hotels can be super expensive and add kids to the mix and you could end up spending a bomb. Keep an eye out for more budget friendly and kid friendly options like motels, bed and breakfasts and even apartments (which also give you more space). Some hotels also offer special packages for families that include meals which are another huge expense when you are dining out every day. Make sure you check whether the place you are interested in staying at has any policy regarding children as some establishments don’t allow kids under a certain age. Book well in advance since that will save you the hassle of finding a place to stay with a tired family in tow.
- Pack a few favourite treats – Bored kids can be the worst possible companions on a long trip abroad! Leave some room in your suitcases for a few of their favourite games and toys and a few treats from back home. Having their favourite videos and TV shows handy can be a real blessing too.
A little foresight will make family holidays something you dream about and not dread!
Bio- Jewel Baker is a stay at home mom and a freelance writer. She loves travelling with her family and has recently come back from a leisure and golf tour to India.