Any parent knows that traveling with young children isn’t the easiest of the things. At times, it can be outright challenging, especially if you’re a single parent. But most parents are known to be resourceful which is why we know they would love any tip or suggestion that would make traveling with children easier and much more fun!
Here, is a set of tips and tricks for all parents who wish to make the most of globe-trotting with their children!
Don’t Forget the Medicine at Home
This is very important and something a lot of parents overlook. Do not forget the medicine whatever you do! Bring medicine for pain, upset tummies, fevers, allergies, and any prescription medicines.
Book Transportation in Advance
When leaving on vacation with your child, it is important to think ahead. Transportation is so important. Arrange a limo service from your home to the door of the airport terminal and back home. This eliminates parking the car and getting the children from the parking lot to the terminal. Also, don’t just rely on the fact that you will find a taxi when you get off the airplane! Call the hotel to inquire about shuttles. If you need to rent a car, make a reservation in advance. Make sure the rental company has car seats and/or boosters if you’re not bringing yours. Most importantly, most airlines will ship your car seats for free. However, for a small weekly fee it may be more convenient to just rent.
We know it can be hard to leave the house early when going on vacation with a small child. However, you must give yourself sufficient time to arrive at the airport early. This will allow time to allow the children to relax. Additionally, most airlines will allow parents with children to board early. Boarding early will also release tension and stress.
Bring Toys and Electronics
You will need to bring toys and electronics to occupy the children. These are great while you’re waiting to board the plane, on the plane and occupying them at the hotel or resort. You will need to bring chargers for the electronics. As far as the toys, travel light.
Don’t Be Afraid of Your Stroller
Some parents avoid bringing the stroller because it’s too heavy or too hard to carry around on vacations. However, we advise against that. A stroller can be a huge help, especially on vacations and in airports, when you have to do a lot of walking. You also need to know that strollers don’t count as luggage. So, they will ship for free.
Do a Little Training Before You Leave
If your child is old enough to remember tasks, then it is wise to do a little training before you leave on your vacation. Explain to them what to expect and what is expected from them. Make it short, because we all know kids aren’t too good at paying attention for long periods of time.
Invest in a Child Tracker
The thought that you might lose your child is enough to make any parent break out in a cold sweat. Get a child tracker. Research what other parents have used and recommended. Most can be worn as a bracelet or attached to clothes. Pick the one you think is best for your kid!
Do Your Check In Online
Online check in has improved airports so much! You can avoid lines by simply checking in online. Procedures vary from airline to airline, so be sure to check your Carrier’s procedures. Download any apps and make sure they are working properly before you head to the airport. On-line check in allows you to breeze through the airport in no time.
Flight Attendants are Your Friends
Flight attendants are there to help you and you! As a parent traveling with a small child, you should take advantage of as much as you can. We’re not saying that you should pester them with non-stop requests, but you shouldn’t feel guilty when you need something. They’d be more than happy to help!
Research, Research, Research
Researching a hotel is one of the best things a traveler can do before booking a vacation. You need to know if a hotel offers babysitting and activities. Also, ask if they have a crib, playpen or laundry service. Everything you need to have a great vacation! Websites such as Hotels or TripAdvisor are awesome for finding out this type of information.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
A pair of good noise cancelling headphones can really make a difference when traveling with a young child. You can use them when your child is napping on the plane or train. Make sure that you choose a pair that fits.
Early to Bed, Early to Rise
When on vacation with a small child, it is very important that they go to bed early. Making sure they are rested for the next day’s activities is important. Besides, if they go to bed early you get a little time to yourself. Unwinding, relaxing, and planning out the schedule for the next day.
Stay As Close the Attractions as Possible
When booking a hotel, do your best to choose a hotel that is as close as possible to the attractions. These hotels do tend to be pricier. Also, you save a lot of time and you can be in and out of things such as museums, parks, and other sites that you can walk to.
About the Author
Cristina is the Community Manager of BookSinglesHolidays.com, a themed travel website offering a vast collection of singles vacations & solo holidays. She is also a passionate traveler, cat aficionado and novice writer.