Exposing your children to travelling at a young age is an excellent way to instil in them that there are different cultures out there to learn and appreciate. It's also the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with them while you can. While it's something to look forward to, a lot of parents also worry about travelling with them because the itinerary can be hectic and dealing with cranky kids can be overwhelming.
If you have an upcoming trip with your children, below are some tips that can make travelling with them a breeze and a memorable one.
When booking your airfare, make sure that you request for children-friendly meals with the airline. Sometimes, booking a child ticket doesn't automatically change the meal so you'll need to double check and be specific with your request. If you book with a travel agent, make sure that you mention that you're travelling with kids and specify their age so they can make the necessary arrangements.
Long flights can be dreadful when you have babies or toddlers with you. If you're going somewhere far, book for a night flight so the kids will sleep for the most part of the trip.
Booking a hotel
There are family hotels in Oxfordshire, London, and almost everywhere else that can accommodate children needs. If you can't find an accommodation that specifically says they're family-friendly, check the inclusions and sleeping arrangement before booking. Some hotels offer cots suitable for babies, and can also lend prams you can take while touring around. Lifts are also an important factor and if they don't have one, try to request a room on the ground floor.
Pack the essentials
Before packing, make a checklist of the things that you need to bring and separate for check-in and carry-on baggage. When travelling with children, their needs supersede yours. Make sure you put pain-relief medicine in your carry-on, in case they suffer from ear pain during take-off and landing. Bring toys and books to keep them entertained in case they can't fall asleep during the flight and include a few snacks as well for when they get hungry with wet wipes to clean up mess.
If you're travelling with older kids, you can involve them in the packing process by guiding them how much stuff they can bring and how they can pack it in their own luggage. This way, it will train them how to be more critical about packing and how they can fit everything within the limit given to them.
Make a more relaxed itinerary
Travelling alone gives you more time and freedom to book more tours and complete activities in a shorter period of time. It's a different business though when you have kids with you because they won't have the same energy and patience as adults do.
Having a family with young kids shouldn't stop you from seeing new places. The secret to enjoying travelling with children is planning it properly and making sure you put their needs as a priority; book activities that will keep them entertained and happy.