Traveling with Kids

After a year of being cooped up, a family getaway sounds like a great idea.  Then you realize just going to the market with your little one(s) is a stressful experience, and second thoughts about that vacation creep into your thinking.  But fear not!   Here are some family trip preparation ideas that will have you saying Bon Voyage in no time.

  1. Make sure the trip you have planned is something everyone in the family will enjoy.  Don’t overload on your activities.  Kids get tired and bored quickly.  There is nothing worse than having an unhappy child while on vacation (Trust me. I’ve been there!).  If you and your partner are hoping to get in some quiet time, research the property where you are staying. See if they have a kids club.  Make sure your little one(s) are old enough. You would hate for them (and you) to be disappointed.
  2. You’ve already learned that packing up and leaving the house takes double the time.  So, allow yourself plenty of prep time when planning a trip.  As soon as you’ve decided on the type of vacation, immediately start packing and organizing anything you can.  The sooner, the better.  You might even consider ordering items from Amazon and having them shipped to your hotel. Here’s a list of some things you can pre-pack (or order) early on:
    • Travel toys
    • Sunscreen
    • Diapers/Wipes/Binkies
    • Bottles/Sippy Cups
    • Non-perishable snacks
    • Travel documents
    • Medications/First Aid Kit/Bug Spray
    • Rain Gear (just in case)
    • Download Games/Music/Movies
    • Extra charging cables
    • Even some clothes
  3. Traveling with kids means bringing lots of stuff!!  If you have a toddler or two, get them their own little toddler suitcase.  Many of them are branded with characters they know and love. In addition to lightening your load, they will be excited to have their very own bag to haul around.
  4. Think of ways to make your home away from home safe and secure.  And once you’ve arrived, check the room for anything that may be dangerous for your little one(s).  Consider bringing these items to help your cause:
    • Outlet covers
    • Nightlight
    • Toilet latch
    • A tiny screwdriver to pop a door lock in case your child locks himself/herself in the bathroom
  5. If your hotel offers rooms with outdoor balconies, consider a ground level floor so you don’t have to worry about any safety issues.
  6. Lastly, make sure your room’s main door locking system has a safety latch (most do) so those little folks don’t go wandering off.

Family getaways can be nerve-racking.  But with a little planning and an expectation that everything isn’t going to be perfect, they can also be some of the best memories shared by all

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