Traveling with infants and children can be a stressful situation, but it doesn’t really have to be. All you need to do is plan properly for the trip so that the kids stay as happy as they can possibly be. Read on for ways that you can ensure your travels are not dampened by children who are in bad spirits.
Make sure you pack more than enough clothing for your little ones. For babies, it is recommended that you have two outfits for each day, unless you have laundry facilities available that you plan to use. Children can usually suffice with one outfit per day plus two extra. You may want to include a couple more if they are newly potty trained.
Pack enough entertainment to keep the babies and kids from getting bored on the trip to your destination. Whiny children can suck all of the fun out of your travels. Music, books, and car games are all good for the trip, whether it’s in a car or on a plane. Also, do not forget the snacks they are sure to want when there is no other food available.
3. Child Seat
If you are flying, check beforehand to make sure the infant or child seat you are bringing passes guidelines. You would hate to miss your flight due to not ensuring you had the proper seat before the day your family leaves to travel. A good alternative is renting a car seat that you know will be approved.
4. Nap Schedule
Try to choose travel times that will not cross over with your child’s nap time if possible. This is especially true if you are taking a plane. There is just too much excitement going on for your little ones to sleep, whether in a car or on a plane. However, this can cause them to be cranky for the rest of the day if they do not get their usual nap.
If you are leaving the country with your kids, be sure that they are all protected against any diseases. Arrange a doctor’s visit the week before your trip. Discuss your plans with their baby or child’s pediatrician and see if they need any vaccinations to stay safe on your travels.
6. Travel Light
Try to pack as light as possible. Having tons of luggage will only make it harder for you to attend to your child in a busy airport. Skip the baby stroller if you can. Instead, carry you baby in a wrap or carrier that attaches to your back. Make sure your carry-on is filled with the above items that you need for your little ones.
As you can see, traveling with a baby or child does take some proper planning if you want the trip to be a happy one. It is not hard to plan, however, and your entire family can enjoy the travels as long as you have the necessary items along with you on the trip.
Laura Greening is a mom and a writer. She loves to write about family in general. She is currently working as a consultant at Wallao, a flower girl dress store, based in Los Angeles, CA.