Let’s face it, it’s not ALWAYS easy traveling with children and even tougher when it’s your first time. I’m here to let you know that you are not the only one, believe me! Even I, who travel with my 3 year old…a lot…face issues and always learn and learn on every take off and landing. It’s a learning curve for all but I can guarantee that once we have it sort of figured out, learn the little tricks, it could be a wonderful vacation or trip! I quote a friend last night on the telephone “It’s not a vacation if it’s 2 kids!” How prepared can we be? With 8 tips of traveling with children, In the case versus traveling with children and the island life, it is the destination and not just the journey! Smooth journey makes the whole trip memorable and even the destination worth re-visiting again! We’ve all been there and as much as we can, we try and be prepared for almost…anything! My biggest tip for you is, don’t negotiate with terrorists! No sweets, no chocolates, no junk! It might fail the first time, but believe you me, it does make a huge difference! Also, I learned to loosen up a bit. My OCD behavior I mean… It felt quite good.
We’ve gathered 8 women from across the world and they have shared their experience and tips on traveling with children!
Let’s take a look at these wonderful moms here and their 8 tips on traveling with children.
Now it’s your turn…what are your tips on traveling with children?
Travel Junkie Diary
Roweena Al Banna
Mother of 1 boy, Badr aged 3
1. Tip: Make sure you have all their kit (snacks, favorite toy, change of clothes, pacifier if they need it to sleep, milk etc…)
2. Favorite destination – Somewhere that includes parks or beaches. So London or Seychelles!
Mother of 1 girl, Lila aged 5
1. Tip: Take your baby’s favorite cereal/snacks when you go away ( Lila lived on weetabix when she was poorly in Greece when she was 18 months)
Make sure you have your doctors direct email ( separate occasion when she got tonsillitis in Thailand and was soo sick!)
Don’t expect too much from them, new bed, foods, weather and being out of routine can be difficult for a small child. A few days in they usually settle into the holiday.
2. Favorite destination: Sri Lanka is top at the moment for a family break!
1. Tip: Traveling by Road is to keep a travel potty kit with you, very helpful when there is no toilet or even if public toilets are dirty to use.. the travel potty is used with special disposable plastic bags for an easy, hygiene, clean way to use, it is easy to carry and travel with and can be used anywhere.
2. Favorite destination: A family trip in Thailand
Mother of 2, Dimi 11 years old and Niya is 8 years old.
1. Tip: We take a 3 hour drive every few weeks visiting inlaws. I always carry some sort of kids encyclopedia. Something nature, animals, astronomy etc… Most of the time my son’s textbooks suffice. He’s 11 and strangely enough his younger sister, Niya plays along. Educational and time flies.
2. Favorite destination: Bulgaria
Mother of 2 twin girls, Eva and Aya aged 5.
1. Tip: I just love traveling with Emirates, the bathroom for babies/children is separated from the female ones so fathers are able to change diapers for the babies in case they are traveling without the mother, in addition to the many strollers available in the airport (terminal 3); I am a mother of twin girls, they are 5 years now. One thing also I would advise to buy if you are traveling with a baby, is the McLaren stroller since it so light you can open it with 1 hand and it has lots of space to put your stuff.
2. Favorite destination: Maldives with the kids is always the most interesting holidays!
Mother of 2 boys, Marley aged 3 and Maddox aged 1.5
1. Tip: Always be prepared for every eventuality and pack slowly and carefully so you can locate everything you need when you need it! As soon as you arrive at your destination, get yourself unpacked & organised so yo can relax and enjoy your trip.
2. Favorite destination: A trip back to the UK where we hired a beautiful cottage in the middle of lake district and we’re surrounded by baby lambs, rolling green hills and stunning scenary. The boys had the time of their lives playing outdoors & exploring with lots of relaxing time by the countryside.
Mother of 1 girl, Lila aged 5
1. Tip: Light up shoes! When Lila was younger she was a bit of a runner, especially at airports. Thankfully, I could spot her quite easily amongst the crowd thanks to her shoes that would light up on every step! Every trip now requires light up shoes, just in case we have a runner. The last thing you need is your kid walking off with a very friendly stranger at the airport.
2. Favorite destination: Disneyland in Paris!
Mother of two girls, Olivia aged 3 and Penelope aged 1.8
1. Tip: Traveling with kids does not mean missing out on art galleries & museums. Do a little research before, take a few pictures of iconic things you want to see and use them as a treasure hunt with the older one. If it’s a spur of the moment visit then often the tickets will have pictures of key things to see or ask for a guidebook/map that will help. For the little ones, time the visit when they are due for nap in their pushchair. You go to sleep on one place and they wake up in a completely different place.
I also wanted to share something I heard not too long ago, until all your kids are over 10 years, you go on trips, you don’t vacation.
2. Favorite destination: Sri Lanka – Very easy with the kids, we took a massive villa big enough for the grandparents too!