Nothing gets better than going on a long trip with your family. While traveling solo has its perk, and life suddenly becomes a joy ride when friends come along, family tours are a completely different ballgame. Traveling to exotic locations and spending time with each other brings out the uniqueness of every member.
Children get to see a quirky and fun side of their otherwise strict parents, while parents take this opportunity to relax and unwind. However, if you neglect to do thorough research and give proper thought to the logistics, traveling with family will soon become your worst nightmare. To avoid this and help you have the time of your life, we have put together a list as a friendly reminder before you step out.
- Make Prior Reservations And Check For Discounts
Traveling with toddlers or small children is not the same as traveling with your spouse or self. You can no longer land anywhere, eat at any local food joint, and check-in at a hotel for the night stay. Children get tired very quickly. Their little bodies need ample rest and sleep, which you must let them have unless you are okay with cranky and complaining children the next day. You must make prior reservations for everything, including your flight and the hotel, restaurants and tour guides, and places to visit.
What’s more? You will be surprised at how many places offer discounts and coupons to families traveling. Make sure to ask at the booking counter about their sales and family packages even if it’s not mentioned in their ads.
- Packing Light Will Take You A Long Way
It is very easy to get carried away in the excitement of traveling with children and pack every single garment and toy at home. At all costs, you must avoid making that mistake. When you already have one or more kids and, in some cases, a baby to take care of, lifting heavy suitcases and trolleys is the last thing you will want to do. Instead, get comfortable clothes that you can wear more than once. You can also get a full size rack to keep your family’s clothes organized.
Moreover, try replacing heavy gadgets like an iPod and PlayStation with coloring books and board games. Not only is it easier to pack these, but even if you or your child were to lose these games, it will not dig a hole in your pocket and make your child crib through the rest of the trip.
- Keep Food And Medicines Handy
Traveling with family can become cumbersome when you have to wait in a long queue or sit through hour-long traffic jams. There could be multiple reasons that will extend the period of having a meal at your desired time. Kids and adults alike start resenting everything when they are hungry. It can spoil all your effort and may even affect your family’s health. Therefore, to be on the safer side, we suggest you pack some dry fruits, healthy snacks, nuts, and protein bars with you.
Traveling to different cities and countries means eating from a variety of places. You and your children may have a hard time if the local food is inedible and unhygienic. Keep your first aid box with the common medicines intact to avoid any unpleasant health issues on the trip.
- Ensure Complete Safety And Security
One must double-check all their locks and child locks for safety purposes. Teach your kids safe words and what to do in case they get lost. Write down your phone numbers and other details and put them in their pockets or ID cards. If your children are older, you can give them some cash to be used in an emergency. For adults, let someone back home know where you are from time to time.
In case something goes wrong, which might be inevitable during long trips, prepare yourself mentally. If you are traveling with babies and toddlers, you might not be able to visit some tourist spots. Or you may have to cancel out plans for an entire day when your baby is unwell. Preparing for all kinds of situations and having a backup plan is a great way to make the best of your trip.
- Include Your Family In Every Activity
A family can have the best traveling experience when every member feels loved, respected, and included. Include your children and the elderly in deciding and choosing the activities or places you will visit. No one likes to be in a state of uncertainty and confusion, especially while traveling. Everyone should get a chance to feel heard and listened to.
Family trips are not limited to sightseeing, trying out different cuisines, and learning about new cultures. It’s also the expression of togetherness, safety, and warmth of each member. The points from above are only a guiding light to that end. It depends on how you and your family want to remember the vacation in the coming years. Moreover, you can also carry a camera to capture pictures to cherish for a lifetime. If you can take care of these little yet essential aspects, we assure you to have a lot of fun on your upcoming journey.