If you are in the process of planning a family vacation then you may be slightly apprehensive about how it will go. When you have children, especially young children the planning stage takes slightly longer. You need to figure out where you are going, where you are going to stay, and how you will get there. Take a look below for ways to make sure your family vacation goes smoothly.
First of all, you need to plan where you are going. This can be the longest process in your vacation planning. It needs to be family-friendly, and if it’s your child’s first vacation then ideally somewhere that doesn’t take too long to get to. Although your child may surprise you and be an absolute delight the whole way there. As your child gets older you will be able to venture a bit further away.
When they are a lot older they may even be able to go on adventure holidays with clubs to further their social and emotional skills. It is great for a child’s independence to holiday away from the parents every so often.
If you are travelling with a baby or toddler then they may not understand fully what is going on. You never know how they will react to travelling, especially if they have never done it before. This is especially true if you are travelling to your destination by plane or train. There are things you can do to make the journey for them, yourselves, and the other passengers even more enjoyable. You can be seen as a caring, considerate parent if you make little packs for the passengers. This has been done before and very well received, the mom even got praise from her fellow passengers.
For yourself and your little one, it is essential that you are both happy and calm when flying through the air. They can sense your feelings and if you are nervous or anxious then the chances are they will be too. If you are happy and relaxed then you may find yourself with a baby that sleeps for the entire journey. However, it is worth packing some entertainment options and toys to keep the children entertained if they are old enough. Simple things like a magazine or a travel board game will keep a child quiet for hours.
Snacks are your friends when it comes to keeping your children quiet. However, you have to remember that if you are travelling by airplane you have to pass through security first. If your snack bag is too big then you may have them taken off you. It is a much safer option to buy your child snacks on the other side of security. That way you know everything you buy is safe to take on the airplane. Be aware that there may be passengers with nut allergies so try and steer clear of anything containing nuts.
We hope you found this article helpful and it gave you lots of helpful advice on how to survive travelling and going on vacation with your children as a family.