When it comes to traveling with small children, the potential for discomfort is high, regardless of whether you are flying or taking a family road trip. It is useful to keep in mind that you will be counting on your little ones to learn from your actions on how to make their way through one strange circumstance after the next. Being unsure of exactly what to anticipate, particularly if their parents appear stressed out, will be alarming for your youngster.
General rules to follow, regardless of your method of travel, depend on the age range of your children. Overall you will want to talk about what will happen on your trip. Depending on the age of your child, it might even be helpful to act out what your little one can expect. Together, read stories about the places you are going to visit and enjoy some movies or videos about your destination. Continuously and clearly reinforce they way you want your youngster to conduct.
What is likely to be of great importance is keeping your children comfortable and the best way to do this is to be a savvy packer. Knowing what to pack, how to pack, and how much to pack can turn out to be what makes or breaks your travel experience. Keep your child’s stress down by making sure they are comfortable and you will find yourself at ease as well.
Road Travel- Driving, Bus, Train
Take one compact bag made up of clothing for the following day. This means an outfit change, pajamas, and whatever else you may need in the next 24 hours. When deciding which outfits to bring along, choose seamless products made with breathable material and soft edging. It is incredibly easy and fast to grab a small bag than to riffle through your huge suitcase.
Carry with you and your toddler their favorite blanket and pillow from home, assuming there is enough space to travel with it easily. Youngsters prefer their things, from bedding to clothing, especially when staying somewhere unknown. Pack prepared for spills and messes that newborns and small children are experts at making. Paper towel, wipes, and garbage bags keep everyone clean and happy.
Have with you an entire change of clothing, as well as two sets of underwear for your kids. Anytime you are booked on a night flight pack and carry a set of sleepwear. This is a terrific way to maintain part of their nighttime schedule. Also, if they are asleep when you arrive, you can simply drop them into bed. Airplanes can be cool so dress in layers. A great bit of advice for the grownups is to pack a few extra shirts as well, especially if you little ones make a mess or are prone to spilling.
In your large suitcases, whether flying or hitting the open road, pack one day’s outfits in its own, individual one-gallon plastic, resealable bag. It is easier to pack this way as you will know how many days of clothes you have with you. These bags can also be used to store dirty clothes or diapers until you can get them washed or thrown out. No one wants to smell stinky, dirty baby or toddler clothes.
If this is your very first traveling adventure with your young ones, plan for a more relaxed schedule and pack accordingly. If you wish to see more than one place, be realistic about what is possible to accomplish comfortably with your children.
All of this is simple to say but may be harder to do. Nevertheless, make an effort to relax while having a great time. Young children are master detectives that will sense your worry and anxiety. If they feel your stress, they will reflect it right back at you. The more at ease and excited you are the better they will respond to their travel adventure. Plan and pack wisely and this will be easier than you might expect.