Now traveling isn’t easy if you don’t have a plan and its even harder to do with children in full tow, but i am here to give you some reassurance, it can be done, quite easily if i’m honest! I’ve traveled with my little ones quite a lot and the basics will be enough to make you life simple and easy.
With all of today’s stigma around traveling families its hard not to fear taking your children around the world or take them exploring the country life, just to let you know its all utter bullshit, your not depriving your children, they wont be lonely and its not as stressful as people are making it out to be, anyway how would they know have they ever took their children around the world? because if they did they’d probably be telling you its one of the best things they ever did.
However, traveling with children can get a little hard at times but its nothing a little organisation and planning cant help with. here are my best tips for traveling with children.
- Make sure before every journey, long or short, your child goes to the toilet because weather your walking, going for a drive, or jumping on a plane i guarantee you, the words “i need a wee” will leave your child’s mouth when its impossible to get to a toilet, you’ll either be in the middle of a busy city with no toilets near, on the motor way or just taking off so you cant take off you seat belt. Go pee first!
- always have spare clothes, this include mum and dad too! puke and poo on your outfit for a long journey can really put you in a bad mood, and the rest of the passengers at your side.
- let the little ones carry their own backpacks, I’ve always said when my children reach two years old they’ll be carrying their own backpacks everywhere only because they’ll have everything they need on them if they need it! you don’t need to be rummaging through your bags to get to a pack of tissues when they have some in their tiny backpack pocket.
- keep it fun, if your going on a hike or a road trip prepare a scavenger hunt, if your going on a plane DIY some cool fun games they’ve never played before and play with them. if they’re bored because your too busy on your phone your just going to be frustrated when they ask for you attention. so give it to them from the beginning.
- Keep a tun of snacks on you, when i say a tun i mean it, just for my sons swimming lesson i bring out full packed lunches for my children and were only away from the house for an hour tops. so imagine going on a 6 hour flight, no thanks my little ones need full tummy’s for that one and id rather save my money than pay for pricey airplane food.
- If you can let them pick out the stops on the way! do you go past the worlds biggest rubber band ball and they dying to see it? take a stop! they’ll love it and have something to chat about for the rest of the journey, you find an all american diner on the way to London, take a stop they’ll love the experience even if its just for a coffee, a coke and a pee brake it will amaze them for hours. pull out a map of your journey and highlight all the things you would love to see before you get to your destination.
- sleep is your best friend and theirs nothing better than curling up with a blanket and pillow and taking a hard earned nap. all ways keep your children comfy no matter how old they are, blankets aren’t just for toddlers, i mean i’m 22, i have 4 sisters that range from 12 to 20 and i bet if i whipped out a pillow and blanket for anyone of them to take a nap they’d love it. id even love to snuggle up to damn teddy bear for extra comfort. nothing wrong with extra padding and warmth on your journey to keep your children comfy and possibly get an hour or two of sleep.
- if you can travel with a partner, my partner is soooo unlucky if we go for a long drive down the country (or up the country as we live in the middle) he’ll have to do the full 4 hours, i cant share the load as i don’t drive however him having an extra pair of hands to help split up sibling battles in the back seat or to watch one child whilst he changes the other just makes you relax a little more this goes with flights to i have never traveled with my children without the help of family and i’m ever so grateful, being able to play pass the parcel with a child to get 5 minuets peace its amazing not to mention if you have young children like me they’ll end up getting excited to sit with nanny or aunt for 20 minuets or to be able to play with daddy at the back is amazing whilst mummy gets a half an hour nap. it just sounds perfect to me.
- let the children have a camera, it obviously doesn’t have to be anything special but nothing wrong with letting your little one have a second hand camera for £10 and going crazy with photos beside they might catch some beautiful shots.
- take care of you. make sure you get a nice rest the night before and a decent breakfast, if you haven’t slept or eaten your going to be groggy, grumpy and wont be able to cope well with the journey and if you flying this may make your jet lag 10x worse. you need to look after yourself before you look after your children, they need happy healthy mummy and daddy to care for them. be kind to yourself you deserve it.
Hope this helps if you have any tips i’d love to here them in the comments, don’t forget to share with your traveling friends that made need a little extra bit of help.