Holidays are supposed to be relaxing however, anyone with children will tell you that the travel part is usually anything but! Whether you’re driving to the coast or jetting off abroad, below we share our top tips to help your journey a little less stressful.
Leave plenty of time
You’re probably well aware that things rarely go according to schedule when you’re trying to get anywhere with young children. The best way to avoid getting stressed out about this or risk missing your flight, is to leave plenty of time for the inevitable hurdles which are coming your way. Plan for emergency nappy changes, snack stops, getting the pram through security and of course, temper tantrums.
Adopt this philosophy when you reach your destination as well. When you’ve got the kids with you, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to be able to squeeze in a museum, art gallery, walking tour and bike ride all on the same day. A flexible schedule will create less stress for you and the family, and lead to a happier trip overall.
Explain the trip
When children are nervous, feeling uncomfortable or there are too many new things going on, they’re more likely to play up. Give your youngsters an outline of the trip in advance. Let them see photos of where you’re going and let them know what to expect. Try not to get stressed out in the run-up to the trip (even if you have a million things to get done) because this will make the kids anxious too.
Once your children understand what’s going on and realise it’s a fun excursion, they’re more likely to enjoy the journey and ask fewer questions while you’re trying to take care of travel logistics.
If your child is a student at Tigers Day Nurseries and you would like us to help prepare them for a holiday, please do let us know and we’ll be happy to help.
Safety while travelling with kids
It’s so easy to lose sight of your kids at thebest of times, let alone when you’re in an unfamiliar environment trying to get your bearings. The following tips will help to ensure the whole family stays safe while travelling:
- If you’re travelling with someone else, share the duties. While one person checks into the hotel or buys tickets, the other watches the kids. If you’re on your own, ensure your child holds your hand or have them sit somewhere in your line of sight while you’re trying to get things organised.
- Put a note in your child’s pocket or stick it in their shoe and ensure it has all the contact information they need if they get lost. This should include your phone number and email address as well as the name, location and number of where you’re staying.
- It’s not always easy to get access to medicine when you’re somewhere new so pack anything you may need including Calpol, headache pills, allergy medicines, something for upset stomachs, motion sickness prevention medicine and anything else you know your child is susceptible to.
You can also follow this link to a great infographic for more details: https://upgradedpoints.com/stay-safe-while-traveling/
Airport travel with toddlers
Airports can be stressful at the best of times, let alone when you’ve got toddlers to contend with. To ensure the experience goes as smoothly as possible:
- Always check if the country you’re visiting requires additional paperwork to enter with children. Usually, a passport is all you need but some countries require you to bring each child’s original birth certificate to prove you’re the parents and have the right to enter or leave the country with them.
- There’s always a risk of your flight being delayed so make sure you pack plenty of snacks and activities to keep the kids happy and entertained. Statistically speaking, you’re less likely to encounter delays early in the day – this doesn’t of course account for weather problems or technical issues.
- When on the plane, seat kids away from the aisle. As the food and beverage cart passes by, they may reach out and get their hands caught. There’s also a risk that hot water could get spilt on them.
- Keep plenty of water on board to help deal with air pressure. Try to ensure your children start drinking water during the last half hour of the flight – swallowing helps deal with the change in pressure while the plane’s descending.
- Have a read of Skyscanner’s ’10 tips for flying with kids’ - https://www.skyscanner.net/news/10-tips-flying-kids-secrets-travelling-toddlers