Traveling with your
kids should be one of the best experiences you have as a family. You expose
your children to new learning opportunities through visiting historical
landmarks, eating new foods, hearing different languages, and so much more.
We want to help you
make this experience as easy as a walk in the park. Check out our
top 10 tips for traveling with
1. Take it Slow and Leave Plenty of
your schedule loose and leave plenty of room for adjustment. A flexible
schedule will create less stress for you and your family and lead to a happier
2. Don’t Over pack
less you bring, the easier it is to pack, the less you have to carry, and the
more room you have for souvenirs.
3. Explain the Trip
your children understand what’s going on, they are less likely to ask questions
while you’re trying to take care of travel logistics. They will be happier,
more comfortable, and excited about what’s coming next.
4. Snacks, Snacks, Snacks
a few small and easily transportable snacks with you at all times can keep
everyone happy until you can refuel.
5. Ask for Child Discounts
never know unless you ask. We’ve found that businesses are often willing to
give us a discount for our kids. If we hadn’t raised the question, we never
would have known. It pains me to think of how much extra I’ve spent on trips
when I didn’t think to ask for discounts for the kids.
6. Give Kids Your Contact Information
If a child gets lost despite
your best efforts, you’ll want them to have your contact information.
Your contact information
should include the following items for all of the adults on your trip so you
have multiple opportunities for help locating your child.
7. Travel with Basic Medicines
It’s always a good
idea to take a few over-the-counter medications your family might need while
traveling. Over-the-counter medications may include:
Medicine for upset stomachs
Motion sickness prevention
Other medication that might apply to
your family or the specific trip
8. Identification Documentation
Having the proper paperwork is
especially crucial if you’re traveling without your child’s other parent or if
you’re traveling with children who are not your own. In either of these cases,
some countries may require that you have documentation to prove you have
permission to travel with the child.
Required documentation may include:
Copies of birth certificates
Notes from the child’s non-present
9. Give Kids a Camera
Having a camera and trying to get
the best photos will help your child focus more on the things they’re seeing
all around them. It will help them see the beauty in the landscape, the amazing
features in the architecture, and the details of the crowds and bustle of the
The photos they take will be great
for showing friends and relatives when they get back home and for helping them
remember the trip for years to come.
10. Be Flexible
Be flexible, go
with the flow, and have a great trip with your family.
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