I have a travel checklist that I use each time we travel and it reduces my stress level☺
But I am so excited to have Kendra Thornton guest posting about travelling with kids. Kendra is a travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3.
This guest post will truly help all the moms like me, -and dads, out there especially if you are planning a trip on the 4th of July.
Kendra Thornton: I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have taken my excitement for travel and brought it to you with some of my favorite travel tips and tricks. Enjoy!
Essential Tips to Keep in Mind When Traveling With Kids
Traveling with children requires a great deal of planning. If you forget even the smallest detail, it can create all kinds of stress for the whole family. You have to be ready to deal with every aspect of the journey from start to finish. To help you with your preparations, here are 5 tips to keep in mind when traveling with kids.
1. Enjoying Fireworks Safely
Fireworks displays are among the most fun and exciting features of 4th of July celebrations. If you're going somewhere with some impressive fireworks, the best place to watch is often from the balcony of your hotel room. Not only is this safer for the kids and everyone else, it also affords the best view of the spectacle.
If you’ll be away for this Independence Day, this is something to keep in mind when you book your hotel room. Find out where the fireworks display will take place, and ask for a room with a balcony that will give you a great view. This is also perfect for families with babies who can sleep in the next room. You won't have to risk frightening the baby by carrying him or her around loud and bright fireworks.
2. Don't Disrupt Routines
Granted, when you travel there are going to be some changes to your normal schedule. You can, however, keep these to a minimum when it comes to things like kids' meals and naps. While adults may want to postpone dinner for a couple of hours in order to dine in a gourmet restaurant, your kids will not enjoy the extra wait. In order to prevent bad moods and tantrums, it's best to make provisions such as carrying easy snacks that take very little preparation.
You should also make sure you find time to fit in naps so that kids don't get overtired. Along the same lines, remember that you tend to walk more than usual on vacation. It's therefore important to take everyone's foot health into consideration. Wear comfortable shoes and take rests when necessary to make sure little feet get as much rest as possible.
3. Your Hotel Away from Home
When you’re choosing your hotel, look for one that will do some work for you. Besides providing a place for you to rest and regroup while on vacation, your hotel can provide you with meals, entertainment and adventure. Look into hotels that offer hot continental breakfasts, swimming pools and live entertainment. Although the price for these rooms may be slightly higher, the amount you’ll save on food and entertainment is often a much bigger bargain. Taking a trip to Disney this summer? Look into some great Orlando hotels that offer their own character meals for a truly special occasion. By making your hotel work for you you’ll save time and money.
4. Be Mindful of Ear Pressure
When traveling on planes, or even in cars and buses at high altitudes, ear pressure can be an issue for both kids and adults. While this is annoying for grownups, it's often painful for young children. There are a few things you can do to help minimize this. Chewing gum can help prevent kids' ears from popping. Chewy candies such as gummy bears have a similar effect as well. Another trick to keep in mind is drinking through a straw to reduce pressure on the ears. For babies, feeding during take off and landing can often relieve pressure and possibly even lull them to sleep for a portion of the flight.
5. Sightseeing is Designed For Adults
Keep in mind that most sightseeing activities are created to entertain adults, not children. Kids often tire quickly when walking around historic sites, museums and other places that are commonly visited on tours. Instead of eliminating the educational aspect altogether, look into tours that cater to our smallest historians. Boston By Little Feet is one such example of walking tours designed for children ages 6-12. Also make sure to schedule playtime and other kid friendly activities around the more tiresome events. It's important to balance activities that are made for children with ones that will provide entertainment for parents, too. Providing a variety of activities will ensure every member of your family truly enjoys your next adventure!