Traveling with kids provides an opportunity to stay together. Amidst chaotic schedules and taxing routines, family vacations allow for real quality time together. This time is essential to fostering healthy relationships and it has the power to shape some of our fondest and most salient memories. Almost all of us have a cherished memory of a family vacation. Whether we recall lazy beach days building sandcastles or memories of sibling squabbles, time colors our memories and we almost always look back through a favorable lens. Indeed, our family travels are less about the destinations to which we traveled and more about the journey with the people we love.
Still it is parents' task to organize family vacations in the way that everybody will be satisfied with them and get healthier as a result. Parents should remember that not only our body needs some rest but our mind as well. The same concerns kids. You will have healthy traveling with your darling kids if you have managed to plan your vacations beforehand and try to be flexible.
First of all, be careful with vacations' destinations. Do not go to big cities such as New York, Las Vegas or Reno. These towns are not originally geared toward families.
There is very little in either city that is great for children, and anything that is can be easily replicated in other locations. Besides, if you're planning on going to Las Vegas, you probably plan on doing at least a little gambling - which is something you should save for an adults-only vacation getaway.
The preferred choice for many parents with children is Disney theme parks. These parks are often the best choice for children over five and under twelve. Children over twelve may well still like it, too. Children under five, especially those under three, might find it difficult to spend the whole day there and later they will hardly remember their visit to Disney. A vacation with children at a Disney park demands lots of energy and is hardly the best place for a relaxing trip.
Secondly, whether you are packing up the kids to see family or going on an exciting holiday, the break in routine can be difficult for kids. Keep your kids happy and safe on the route with the proven tips.
Going by car? Then travel better in the dark. Kids will sleep and will not distract you from the road. They also like watching the streets in the lights. Buy little light sticks in a camping section. Kids will twirl them in the dark while you are driving. Fill a zip-lock bag with ice cubes and a washcloth. It is refreshing to wipe hot sweaty faces and hands with something cool.
Traveling by air? Screening will be one of the challenges you will face before getting on board. Every person, regardless of age, must undergo screening to proceed beyond the security checkpoint. Even babies must be individually screened. You will not be asked to do anything that will separate you from your child or children.
Screeners are specially trained and understand your concerns regarding children. Your children will be approached gently and treated with respect. If your child becomes uncomfortable or upset, you will be consulted about the best approach to resolving your child's concern.
Remember, that babies and children must be removed from their strollers or infant carriers so they can be individually screened. Babies should NEVER be left in an infant carrier while it goes through the X-ray machine.
If possible, ask to board the plane early, so you don't have to fight past other passengers with your arms full, and let everyone else off the plane first for the same reason. Take your buggy and/or car seat with you to the gate.
Pre-order kiddie meals through the airline or your travel agent. Also, check with your pediatrician about airsickness medications. Bring a complete change of clothes for everybody and two for the kids in your hand luggage in case of accidents.
Besides, bring a small cooler with small containers of milk, juices and favourite foods on board. Don't forget a little spoon and plastic dish. You are never sure what will be available on a flight. Also bring along an old favourite toy and something new that he has never seen before. It will spark his interest when you need a little time out too. Remember to relax and have fun. The trip itself can be an adventure. If you believe that so will your child.
Thirdly, when you have successfully reached the place of your destination be careful with food there, sun, water, and mosquitoes if there are any.
Finally, avoid a rigid schedule, kids do not like it as well as adults who are usually enough busy and deserve some rest at least during vacations. Plan enough to keep everyone happy but not stressed.