We all know it can be problematic travelling long distances with young children, with the numerous temper tantrums, toilet stops and toddler troubles. However, fear not, this article outlines a few simple travel planning tips that you can prepare in advance to ensure your vacation goes smoothly. Ensuring you are fully prepared before embarking will mean getting the most out of your kids.
Keep your kids entertained with plenty of books, comics or toys for the journey. Depending on your children’s age these items may vary from a crayon book to an iPod, but will be a great way to keep your children occupied in queues, airports and on bus rides. Don’t forget to check the battery life on any portable games before leaving.
Engaging your younger children in visual games along the way will also help to distract them from the boredom of traveling. Old favourites like eye spy and ‘how many things can you see beginning with…?’ games always work wonders to pass the time.
Finding somewhere to stay
Accommodation wise, it is always important to plan well in advance before any unexpected problems arise. It would be suggested to find your accommodation at least 6-8 weeks in advance of international travel to avoid any mishaps and mistakes that can be made booking a place to stay.
There are a number of specialist companies that rent holiday homes suitable for families, such as onefinestay in London, Wimdu or AirBNB which will have a range of homes suitable for young children. Often, a home or apartment can be a good alternative to a hotel and much better value.
Planning your meals
If your children have special dietary requirements, then it is always worth planning this ahead too. For any supplements or medicinal care, be sure to check with your airline carrier that these are ok to take on board your flight – otherwise you may struggle to find local distributors of these provisions.
Why not take packed lunches and bottles drinks on your travels to save money and ensure you are eating a healthier option. For something sweeter, why not take along some mixed dried fruits and nuts to eat on the way, rather than relying on chocolate and snacks from the gift shops.
To summarise, it is very important that you note down all of the key considerations for your families and check these on along the way when booking your holidays. Any way to prevent a last minute disaster will surely be worth the extra planning time.