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Tips On Traveling With Children

Feb 23, 2008
There is no question that going on vacation with your children can be a true test of your patience. However, it can also serve as a real eye opener to look at your trip through the eyes of the children.

Vacation travel doesn't have to be a stressful time if you are prepared and come equipped for incidents that are likely to take place. Sure, you can't plan everything, such as if a child gets injured or has a miserable time, but you can at least prepare them for the changes they will face while away from home.

The most important aspect of traveling with children is to plan, plan, and plan some more. Everything from the attractions you will visit and restaurants for meals should be planned out. Before you even depart, consider taking feedback from your children concerning how they would like to spend some of the time.

It is good to plan one day for everyone in which they decide together what they are going to see and where they will eat. By involving them in the decisions, you provide them more to look forward to and to get excited about.

By all means, plan events that are flexible. If you work out a schedule that takes 4 hours to get through and after the first hour the children are bored and cranky, be willing to change in mid-stream. It simply isn't worth the hassle of making your children miserable if they dislike an activity. By preparing a backup plan in advance, you can turn a potential negative into a happy memory.

It is imperative, though, that you keep your younger children busy, because the attention span of children is notoriously short. Although you might think they will simply enjoy just hanging out, chances are they will become harder to manage if they do not have scheduled activities.

While you are on vacation or journeying to the destination itself, you should come prepared with a few items your child will enjoy. If he or she has a favorite toy or book, go ahead and bring it. You don't, for example, want them to be miserable the entire time if they miss their binky.

Be sure to pack all your daily essentials like diapers, wipes, bottles, strollers, a first aid kit, and any other reasonably-packed items that are a normal part of life at home. Some of it may be heavy, but a bag with a few of your child's most prized possessions can be a real lifesaver when you are visiting an attraction far from your hotel room.

Even if your kids are having a good time, an abrupt or nagging sickness can certainly bring that to a screeching halt. Unexpected events such as motion sickness or a fever may be unwelcomed surprises, so make sure you have access to a few standard medicines while you travel. Bring along decongestant, pain reliever, anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea medicine to help them feel better and enjoy themselves.

Vacationing with children can be exciting and fun for both you and them. But travel prepared with the mindset that not everything is likely to go the way you wish, so develop some simple backup plans in advance and keep an open mind about using them as needed.
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