Family holidays should be filled with lots of adorable photos of the kids and memories that will last a lifetime. The truth is that traveling with young children can be a bit more hard work than expected, but the good news is there are a few things you can do to ensure things go as smoothly as possible. Planning in advance will help you smooth out issues before they happen and allow everyone to enjoy the family holiday as much as possible. Here are my tips for a fun family holiday:
1. Make Sure You Go Somewhere Kid Friendly
Not all of the trip should be and can be focused around the children, after all you may be headed to a city with art galleries or museums that you and your partner would love to visit. There’s nothing wrong with that and you too should enjoy your family vacation. However I think it’s a wise idea to incorporate a kid friendly activity each day. It’s a great way for them to burn off energy and calm down so that you can do things for you and your partner with a relaxed and happy child. Things such as going to kid’s science museums, Disney land or even local playgrounds so they can burn off some steam. If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort be sure to get your tickets in advance to save waiting in line with bored kids.
2. Ask for Support If You Need It
Are your parents retired? Many grandparents would love a vacation with their grandkids and of course the extra hand would not go amiss. Consider inviting one of your parents along on the vacation to help with the kids and you’ll create even more special memories along the way. If you’re lucky, you may even get a date night kid-free to be able to explore your holiday destination. This is a great idea if you have a little extra money in your budget and a willing grandparent.
3. Keep Nap Time When You Can
I personally find that planning my day around my toddlers nap time is the easiest way to have as little conflict as possible. Of course it takes a little forward thinking and can be a little more challenging when traveling, but all you can do is try your best. This is especially smart when you’re flying as it will result in a more peaceful and relaxing flight!
4. Don’t Forget Snacks
If you’re traveling to a foreign country, you may find your kids suddenly turn into fussy eaters and crave home comforts. It’s a good idea to take some of their normal snacks along with you, so if they become fussy with food or suddenly get hungry when you’re out and about, you have something on hand you know they’ll love. Things like muesli bars, or fruit pouches are easy to carry with you, don’t take up much space and can prove to be a lifesaver in a pinch.
5. Don’t Leave All the Toys at Home
Obviously you can’t bring your entire toy room with you on a trip, but bring a couple of toys so your kids can play with them on the plane, or in restaurants. I personally think colouring-in books are a great option if your kids are a little older as they tend to keep quiet and focused, which is particularly wonderful if you’re in a quiet environment.
Traveling with kids can be challenging, but with these 5 tips you’ll be best able to enjoy your trip with them!