Family trips are always fun, however, if your kids are still very young, traveling could also be just as stressful. Yet worry not, this could certainly be manageable of course if you have planned and prepared for this adventure in advance.
With that, let’s go through some kid facts, essentials and yes, what to bring and do during (and even before) traveling.
First. Once the ‘vacation’ has been officially confirmed, go brief your children about it – not just the fun part but also the actual travel, the do’s and don’ts. Give them basic pointers and reminders upon finalization and repeat on the night before hitting the road.
Second and especially if your kids are still like of kindergarten age, more so, going to a place with a different climate – make sure to have your kids vaccinated. A child’s immune system could be compromised in sudden temperature changes, humidity and all, than the one he’s used to – not to mention the health risk of being pestered by insects.
Third and as always, bring your first aid kit. It’s even more important now than it was in your solo travels. So don’t forget to include a pack of chewable ascorbic acid, paracetamol, an antiseptic solution, band aids, alcohol, bandages and some cotton. Obviously, they’d be useful for bruises, flu symptoms or even just for general cleansing.
Fourth. Wear comfortable clothes, you and the kids. You’re not going to a fashion show or a board meeting, so just try to wear something clean and comfy. But make sure your kids wear shoes or something with straps as very young kids could lose flip flops while traveling.
Fifth. If your children are just too young for cellphone use then it becomes even more necessary for them to know their full names, their parents’ names, address, phone numbers and stuff. But wait, if they’re too young then how could they memorize these data? They don’t need to, at least not all of it. What you need to do though as a parent is to subtly ‘slip in’ some kind of ID into whatever clothing they’re wearing. And notify them beforehand not to play with it or throw them away in case they find it. Terminals can be crowded, so this is for their safety and your peace of mind.
Sixth, try to seat them near the window. With this, the view could then entertain them at the same time reduce their discomfort that could lead to nausea or vomiting. However, make sure you also have a waste bag ready, just in case.
Seventh, who could miss bringing their gadgets? While planes, ships, buses and trains have movie showings on board, gadgets are still the preferred entertainment tool for traveling kids (even for many adults) of today. Especially helpful in keeping the spirits up during the trip.
Eighth, chips, crackers and fruits. Hey, even before gadgets popped up in our lives and whether traveling or not, munching chips has always been a favorite – what more for kids?! But especially if you are in a long trip, make sure you got healthier choices, too!
Ninth, did we just overlook the ‘hand towel’? Yep, can’t just let your kids wipe on their clothes, spend a lot on napkins or waste too much alcohol, you see. Besides, hand towels would be even more valuable when traveling to hot or humid regions.
Tenth, we almost forgot our fluids. Yeah, do not just bring any juice or water which could even trigger acid reflux, instead, bring lemon water or coconut water. These would help minimize the occurrence of nausea. See, while soda (this is carbonated!) and cold water works for some, it may not always have the same effect on every human.
Eleventh, talk to your children. Jeez, you can’t just let them be with a bag of chips and a tablet. Got to talk to them, too. Like, they might be bearing some discomfort or say even holding their pee or something. Let them know you’re there for them. Hence, don’t just sit still – talk about the views, tell stories or even play some games with them.
Twelfth. Neck pillow or some comfortable position to rest and sleep. How long would your trip take anyway? Thus at some point, you and your kids could feel tired and sleepy from excitement, yes, counting from the night before. By all means, let your kids rest and you, too.
Happy and safe travels!