Traveling with children can be quite a challenge. Whether they are your own or someone else’s, assisting a child’s need for a journey involves far more than taking a CD full of songs and making sudden toilet stops. Here, I would share my hard-won wisdom about how to travel peacefully with children.
Take Your Time
The greatest thing you can take with you – whether at the airport, getting from one point to the other is extra time. Toddlers love to explore, and they don’t get bothered by the time pressure of travel, so you are more likely to all retain your cool if you reason the stalling, gawping, toilet stops and tantrums within your time frame.
Give Them A Camera To Play With
Give your little one a camera this will encourage them to observe their surroundings and capture things that interest them the most. You might be surprised at what they have to offer you. Amongst pictures of wheels and feet, you might come across pictures of flower pots, rocks, resting cat or even helicopters.
Be Prepared For Bad Weather
It’s a general advice, dress your child appropriately and comfortably so that a little bad weather may not affect their mood and they stay happy.
Whether you are staying in a hotel or camping, it’s worth booking earlier. Trying to keep the naturalness of travel before children does not pay off if you reach your destination to find that you can’t bag a bed or pitch the camp and have to hit the road again all hungry and tired with toddlers giving you a hard time in the backseat.
Be App Savvy
Thanks to the kid-friendly apps these days there is no need for you to cram a box full of toys and coloring books in your hand luggage when traveling. But in case your phone runs out of battery and to be on the safe side take a book and magic color pen with you.
Do Buy A Child Tracker
Toddlers are not a big fan of reins or backpacks with leash, or any kind of violation of their freedom. So in order to keep a track of your little one invest in a child locator. The child will wear a small unit strapped to its belt or shoe and you keep a transmitter. If you lose your child then set off the alarm and follow the sound so that you find the child.
Follow these tips and you will have a peaceful journey with your family. Enjoy!