Traveling can be a great experience for kids. It’s important for them to have adventures, learn about other cultures, and explore the world with us.
However, if you’re planning big travels with small kids, it can seem overwhelming. And if not done right, it could end up an expensive nightmare.
Here are some easy ways to make traveling with kids a little easier.
If you’re going to be traveling, you need to be prepared with plenty of snacks, regardless of if you’re traveling by car, bus, or plane. If your kids are anything like mine, they’re going to ask for a snack as soon as you walk out your front door. Especially if you’re on a domestic flight, you don’t want to be at the mercy of whatever is available, and it’ll be expensive for sure.
Think about how much time you’ll be en route and how many snacks your kid might usually eat during that time frame. Now quadruple it, and that’s how much you should pack.
Pack a Stroller
Unless your child is much older and a strong walker, bring a lightweight umbrella stroller. Even a 4-year-old who is done with riding around in a stroller might need one while on vacation.
You have to remember that we often walk a lot more than normal on trips. That, in combination with battling jet lag and being overstimulated in a new environment, is a recipe for exhaustion.
Don’t Forget Power Banks
Kids are going to need extra entertainment to keep them occupied while traveling to combat boredom. I know kids are supposed to stay away from screens, but this is vacation!
Don’t get caught with a dead battery. Be prepared with portable power banks in case the tablet dies while you’re in a spot with no plugs.
When booking a hotel, always check to see what’s included in your stay. It might be easy to assume that all hotels have complimentary wifi, but they don’t! You could end up with a big, unexpected charge.
Hotels with included breakfast are also usually one of the best perks to look for when traveling with kids. You can fill up in the morning before heading out, and grab some extra fruit and pastries for later, too.
Plan for Down Time
Traveling can be extra exhausting for kids. Traveling with kids can be even more exhausting for parents! Plan some down time in your days during vacation. Otherwise, you may find yourself too tired to enjoy it.
Go out and do or see things in the mornings after breakfast, and then plan on returning to your lodgings after lunchtime for a rest before heading back out again. That little rest break will do wonders for everyone.
This article was originally published on TravelManner.com and is republished with permission.