5 Ways to Avoid Unnecessary Stress When Travelling With Children
Travelling with children can be challenging, largely because they can be very unpredictable. Some of the most common problems include full-blown tantrums, motion sickness, and boredom. However, don’t let these stop you from travelling with your kids and having a great time. According to the Huffington Post travelling with kids can help make them feel more positive about life in general. So if you’re thinking of going on a trip soon, here are a few ways to avoid unnecessary stress:
When you travel with your kids, always think about Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Make a list of everything you need, from the destinations, to the restaurants you will eat at, and the hotel you will stay in. If you’re planning to go overseas, schedule your flight to coincide with your children’s bedtime. The Telegraph explains that following your children’s regular routine as best as you can is the key. This will ensure that their sleeping and eating patterns are not disturbed and reduce the chances of a tantrum.
Invest in snacks and entertainment
Never travel with your kids without bringing things to entertain them. Some of the items that can help include sticker books, picture books, puzzles, art, mini board games, and stuffed animals. You should also pack a few healthy snacks like dried fruit, fruit juice, nuts, and crisps just in case they get hungry. These simple items can entertain a child while waiting at an airport or during a long car journey, and avoid any unnecessary stress.
You don’t need much when you’re travelling with children, as long as you have the basic essentials. Your child’s suitcase should include pyjamas, versatile shoes, extra underwear, and a lightweight jacket or jumper. It is important to bring the right gear that will make your life easier. For instance, pushchairs and baby carriers make getting around much simpler. If you have more than one child, iCandy explains how tandem pushchairs are the same width as single buggies, which makes them ideal for transporting two children around. It also pays to find one that is compact and can be easily folded. On the other hand, if you prefer to use baby carriers, the Independent suggests either a sling or a carrier. Look for carriers that are fully supported and won’t put a strain on your back while walking for a long time.
Squeeze in a little “me time”
When you get to your destination, after a long day of activities, make sure you allow yourself a little time on your own. Don’t worry about leaving your kids in the hands of complete strangers. There are many hotels that offer babysitting services in case you need some help so that you can have a bit of time on your own. Conde Nast Traveler also suggests that you use local agencies if your hotel doesn’t offer the service. For example, in Portugal they have a well known agency called PrioVida Kids, which is certified to offer babysitting services. A night without the children is a great way to relax during a holiday.
Take it slow
Don’t attempt to squeeze a lot of activities into one day. Keep your schedule loose and make sure you leave plenty of time in case things go wrong. For inspiration check out our post on the best places to see in Cornwall with the family. It shows the type of activities you should look at doing with your children. Remember that you’re travelling with children, and the last thing you want to do is to pressure them into following a rigid timetable. Have fun with them and savour every moment. After all, they’re only that young once.