Traveling with kids doesn’t have to be hard but a pleasant experience if you know how to handle it well. Whether they are your children, or you are babysitting and travel with the family, these few tips will help you turn the usual annoying travel with the kids into an amazing one. And still, have a good time yourself.
Take your time while traveling because kids actually don’t care about how long you will travel
Kids really don’t care about time pressure while traveling, so take as much time as you need. Want to stop at the gas station and go to the bathroom? Go ahead! Want to buy something to eat while traveling? Feel free to do it because kids actually don’t care when are you going to get to your travel destination.
Book your accommodation and traveling tickets ahead
To avoid searching for available rooms and to lower the cost of traveling, always book ahead. You wouldn’t want to get stuck in a situation when you have to wait to feed the kids after you find a proper accommodation.
Amuse the kids by giving them a camera, puzzles, new toys, teach them new games or illustration books
Keep the activities coming and amuse your children with new games, puzzles, new toys that will surprise them. You can even buy illustration books that most kids find amusing. Or give them a camera and tell them to shoot everything nice they see. That way you will be able to relax while they pretend to be professional photographers. You can also encourage your kid(s) to keep a travel journal they can show to their friends after. It’s another efficient way to keep them amused.
Get prepared for a different climate
You wouldn’t want your kids to freeze if where you’re going is cold. Get prepared for a different climate and don’t settle with the thought – ‘I will buy some clothes when we get there!’ Why spend the extra money? Just pack the essentials to protect your kids from getting sick and ruining your trip. However, always keep the basic medicine near you just in any case.
Instead of using taxi or a car, use the public transport or walk
Kids don’t care if you chose to ride with a car or a taxi. However, they find it interesting if you use the public transport. That way your kids will be able to observe other people, nature or infrastructure around and stay calm.
Get a child locator and be prepared for the worst
You wouldn’t want to lose your child in an unknown place, wouldn’t you? Invest in a child locator and be prepared for the worst. A child locator is usually a small unit attached to some part of your child’s clothing. You keep the transmitter and follow the sound if something goes wrong. It’s a smart investment and very useful.
Don’t let the kids pack their own backpack
Don’t let them pack all their toys just in any case and you handle the heavy backpacks after. Pack only the essentials and hit the road.