Traveling with children: 7 proven tips
Traveling with children is a little scary – it doesn’t matter if you are traveling for the first time or for the tenth. Every time there is excitement and fear of missing something. The following tips will help prepare for an unforgettable family vacation, they are tested on personal experience and help to avoid stress before the trip. Some items relate to toddlers, and some to older children.
1. Choose a vacation option
Perhaps you want to spend a week on the beach and enjoy the sea in plenty? Or maybe you want to see a new city? Preparation should begin by defining your desires. It is important to consider the interests of all family members, including the youngest.
If you dream of a beach holiday, you will be more comfortable in a resort with fine sand and a gentle entrance to the water. Pebble beaches and the deep sea will cause inconvenience to a small tourist.
It is also worth remembering that children get tired faster and a rich excursion program can tire a little traveler. A good option would be unhurried walks in new cities. Just remember to take care of the comfortable stroller.
2. Define your budget
The main expenses during the holidays will be flights, accommodation and meals. When planning your vacation, consider the duration of the flight and the remoteness of the airport from the place of rest. Also important is the distance to the beach.
Spartan conditions are not suitable for families with small children. If your budget is modest, consider a shorter but more comfortable stay. And remember that vacation in high season will cost much more. If you do not depend on summer holidays, a vacation in September will be much cheaper. The velvet season will please you with a warm sea and a small number of vacationers.
3. Choose the best flight option
Charter or regular flight? A low-cost airline or a traditional carrier? Each option has its pros and cons, so it all depends on your preferences.
Charter flights usually come with a convenient group transfer to the hotel, but departure times can change at any time. The likelihood of a departure time change for a low-cost airline is also higher than for a large airline. In addition, some low-cost airlines fly to remote airports, and you hardly want to go with a small child another 100 km to the hotel.
At the same time, the cost of a ticket for a charter flight or low-cost airline can be significantly lower. In addition, some low-cost airlines fly to the same airports as traditional airlines. And the departure time is very convenient. In that case, why pay more?
Also, you should not build complex routes with many flights and the lack of good rest. If you have several long flights, consider staying overnight at the hotel. For similar purposes, there are hotels at most airports.
4. Choose a suitable hotel or apartment
If you do not plan to cook your own meals, pay attention to family hotels with a children’s menu. Another option for families is apartments or an apart-hotel. The main advantage of this option will be its own kitchen in the room. Not all children are willing to taste new dishes, so having a kitchen can be useful.
Regardless of the hotel’s services, it’s worth taking a supply of food in the form of several cans of baby puree and cookies, as a young gourmet can refuse a gourmet dinner.
An additional plus will be the presence of a children’s pool with heating. Sometimes the water temperature in the sea does not exceed 20-21 degrees, and a little fidget does not want to go ashore every five minutes. At such times, a heated children’s pool will come to the rescue.
5. Take care of insurance and documents
Extended health insurance is inexpensive, but can be a real salvation in a force majeure situation.
It is important not to forget to make copies of documents. In addition, if the child flies on vacation with only one of the parents, a notarized permission to take the child abroad from the second parent will be required.
6. Pack your bags on the go
The times when you could go on a trip with a pair of T-shirts and a swimsuit are a thing of the past. If you are flying with your baby, be prepared that after each meal, children’s clothing may require washing. You can collect a separate backpack with children’s things, which the child will carry himself. There you can put your favorite toy, pencils and coloring for an airplane, as well as cookies and water.
And remember that many things can be bought on the spot. It may be cheaper to buy a package of diapers on vacation than to pay for extra baggage on the plane.
7. Be prepared for force majeure
On the road, surprises can happen: flight delay, change of route, illness of one of the family members. It is important to think about this in advance and take the necessary things, medicines, as well as an additional amount of money.
With the advent of a child, you have to forget about a night at the airport in the event of a significant delay in the flight.