Bringing your kids on a vacation can get quite stressful, which kind of kills the whole vacation purpose. Sure, you want to show them the world and you drop them off just anywhere and wave from the car in a “see you in two weeks, we love you” style, but does bringing your kids on a holiday have to be a party-pooping experience? Not anymore!
With these few tips, you and your precious offspring can enjoy some quality fun time away from home.
Traveling with children can seem like traveling with a heard of wild animals. Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, planning a holiday with them involves more than just playing some contemporary or kids music loudly and making toilet stops more often.
Let’s start with toddlers. Always manage to have some extra time for exploring, stalling, toilet stops and tantrums. And it doesn’t matter what your housing plan is, always book ahead. Whether it’s a hotel or camping ground, have a clear plan of where you’re staying and make sure that the spot will be waiting for you and your children.
The last thing you need is finally arriving somewhere and finding out there’s no room for you, let alone them. Hungry, tired kids are not happy kids. Be prepared for the terrain and surroundings, and have a plan of how you’re going to entertain them.
Whether it’s an old, bulky camera that will encourage them to observe their surroundings and explore, or some toddler-friendly app, your kids need something. Bring lots of medicine and toiletries, of course, and if you can, use public transport. Kids love it!
Older children are both easier and tougher to deal with. We can’t decide which one. First of all, don’t let them pack their own bags, they’ll bring everything because they think they’ll need everything (like some parents, huh). Stack them up with activities and have a number of family games ready in case of some delay.
A great idea for including your kids in actually enjoying the whole ordeal is to encourage them to write a journal on everything they saw, food that they ate, things they did…
They can write in the travel journal, draw and collect postcards from different places they visited and basically build their own memory library.
Stack up on medicine, toiletries and first aid kits, of course, and don’t give them any sweets because they’ll go crazy in an unfamiliar place.
Write your phone number somewhere on them (yup, brand them like cattle) and don’t forget to involve your teenagers into planning the trip. They probably have a few great ideas for a fun family vacation.