Traveling with kids does not need to be a nightmare. After all, what’s the point of your vacation, right? Aren’t you supposed to be relaxing and de-stressing? But sometimes, and you will all agree with me, traveling with children can be as stressful as your jobs that you took a break from. With a little preparation, you can mitigate many of the biggest concerns about traveling with kids. Now, you don’t have to be the most hated person on the airplane or anywhere else. Here’s how:
Remember, first and foremost, that there are just some people who simply hate children, regardless of how behave your kids are. Ignore these people, their glares, and their comments, because your kids have as much right to be on the plane as they do.
On the other hand, remember too that it’s your responsibility as a parent to not be inconsiderate. Do make sure your kids don’t intrude on the other passengers comfort. Just as long as you’re doing your part in keeping an eye on your kids, you should be fine.
It also helps to be prepared. So whether you’re camping or staying in hotels, it pays to book ahead. Plan every little detail in advance so that delays would be minimized. In doing so, kids will not become cranky and bored.
Maximize the use of entertainment. Bring books, a smartphone, or any hand held-devices with kid-friendly apps. Some parents even suggest letting their kids play with a camera so that their creativity will be enhanced or having them write a travel journal. Just keep them busy with something.
If you have an early morning flight, make sure your kid gets to sleep early enough the day before.
Another option is to try scheduling your flight at night time. If you do, have them play and run around in the afternoon so that once you’ve boarded the plane, they’ll just be snoozing away.
Another reminder is to bring a first aid kit. Kids always seem to get ill or injured while traveling. Hotels and planes do have first aid kits themselves but it is better to bring one of our own, which includes meds for motion sickness and fever. Other basic components that your first aid kit should have include antiseptic wipes and a thermometer.
With these tips in mind, other travelers, even those who don’t like kids, will surely have a pleasant trip.