Everyone has fond memories of family vacations that they took when they were younger. You can remember the amazing places you discovered, the games you played, the fun you had. For many people, these are often some of the best memories that they have.
Of course, one thing that you’re never going to remember is the level of stress that your parents may well have been dealing with the entire time! Let’s not beat around the bush here, traveling with kids can be a seriously stressful experience. Of course, it’s also absolutely wonderful, and family vacations really are the best things in the world. But in an ideal world, you would be able to do everything that you can do avoid any problems getting in the way of creating those wonderful memories.
Well, don’t you worry because there are things that you can do in order to do just that! Here are some simple ways that you can take the stress out of traveling with your little ones.
Pack in advance
Packing is often the first, and perhaps biggest source of stress when you’re planning on traveling with kids. That’s why the best thing that you can do is to get started on it as early as possible. That way you avoid the mad rush to get everything thrown into a suitcase at the last minute. So that you don’t have to do it all yourself, why not make a list of everything that your kids need to take, they can even help with it, and then have them pack the bag themselves. That way, even if they miss things, you’ve got plenty of time to check it over and make sure that nothing ends up getting left behind.
Be careful with your money
One top of all of the other stress that often comes with traveling with kids, you don’t want to have to deal with the money worries that travel can sometimes bring. There are plenty of travel tips out there on how to save money while on vacation and by being careful with your money you can take that load off your mind and focus on the fun you’re having with your family.
Set up travel entertainment
As much as kids love taking trips and vacations, one thing that they simply cannot stand is long journeys. Now, if you’re really lucky then your kids will simply sleep through the entire journey, but if it’s especially long, or they’re just too excited, then you’re going to need a way to keep them entertained.
Make sure that you have plenty of books, comics, magazines and travel games at your disposal. That way you can keep their attention focussed for as long as possible. You might even want to invest in a portable DVD player for them so they can watch their favorite movies on. If you can keep them entertained, then you just might be able to go the entire trip without a single “are we there yet?”
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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