4 Tips for Taking Kids on Trips
Are you someone anxious to take your child or children with you on various trips during the year?
If the answer is yes, you’re like millions of other Americans, individuals who want their kids to experience some of the sights and sounds this country and much of the world have to offer.
With that being the case, the age of your children typically plays a significant role in not only where you go, but how you go there.
For instance, someone with a five-year-old is not exactly going to hurry off to some romantic getaway for two with their child. They also know that long plane or car rides etc. are not always conducive to the wants and needs of a child.
So, how do you make your vacation experiences just perfect for you as a couple (or single parent) and the children in your life?
Plan Accordingly with Little Ones
When you have little ones (even young teens in your life), getting away for a trip or two during the year is typically a family experience.
While some parents are able to jaunt off for some time together, that is thanks to grandparents and/or babysitters, those trips oftentimes seem few and far between.
If taking the kids on your trips for the most part is a staple of your life, keep these tips in mind:
- Planning – Like just about everything else in life with kids, planning is essential. You simply can’t do a weekend getaway when you’ve got a little one running around the house. If you’re thinking about a family vacation down the road, start mapping it out as soon as possible. By doing so, you will oftentimes sidestep any major problems, though you can typically expect the unexpected to happen at some point along the way. As part of that planning, check with hotels, resorts, restaurants etc. to see if they have special rates and meal selections when kids are part of the trip. Whether you are staying in the U.S., thinking of heading off for country hopping across Europe, perhaps eyeing vacation packages for Chile, maybe even exploring the Orient, do your best to plan accordingly;
- Accommodations – As mentioned a moment ago, knowing the accommodations available where your family is headed is quite important. Will the place or places you stay have family type options like an outdoor play area, swimming pool, or even a game room for kids to play video games and the like? Unless you’re taking your own vehicle or renting one, keep in mind that space for toys to take on the trip will be limited, so make sure they are accessible wherever your travels take you.
Never Overlook Health Needs
- Healthcare – Although you would love to avoid having your children get sick on a trip, it almost inevitably happens at one time or another. Along with taking any medicines on the trip that they may use regularly, be sure to scope out ahead of time where the nearest medical facilities are in relation to where you will be staying. Emergencies do happen, so don’t get caught unprepared for them when they do;
- Memories – Finally, don’t expect the trip to be entirely smooth. In fact, figure on there being some rough moments (crying, disagreements, not wanting to go to certain places on the trip etc.). When you stop and think about it that is all about being a child. The goal of any family trip should be to create a lifetime of memories for you and your children. While it is the adults usually taking the pictures with their cell phones or older cameras, encourage your child to take a journal with them (assuming they are old enough to record things). Doing so allows them to record their trip experiences, something they can look back on one day with their own kids. In today’s digital age, you should also see how social media can be a great way to preserve vacation memories for years to come.
If you’re planning a trip with the kids in the future, start the planning early, meaning there will be less opportunities for disasters to arise.