Most parents dream of taking their kids to new places, destinations and introducing the different cultures and experiences the world has to offer. It takes proper planning to pull through a successful travel vacation. Don’t worry if travelling with a baby or a child is new to you, there are plenty of child friendly travel tips you can check out online.
Here’s just a few to get you going.
Research the Destination
There are a lot of highly recommended travel destinations; but before making a decision, you must consider a few things like current travel advisory. Some places might pose a threat not just for your little one, but for the entire family as well. Due to certain circumstances, some countries experience epidemics and of course, you wouldn’t want to get infected. Check the destination first, make sure it is child friendly and safe.
Plan Your Itinerary
Given it’s not just the two of you anymore, forget the idea of backpackers. Take into consideration activities, places to visit that your child will enjoy, and allot specific time for these. A proper itinerary is key, it may sound boring but it’s definitely the best way to ensure that your time will be well spent. Moreover, keep it simple and realistic. You may have a lot of energy to burn, but your child might not have.
Brief your Family
If your child can walk and talk, most probably he or she can understand instructions already. Giving a glimpse of what to expect will not only increase the level of excitement, but it’s also a way of preparing your child emotionally and mentally. Hear out your children’s ideas, expectations and needs.
When was the last time your child had their vaccinations? Visit your child’s doctor and ask for a relevant travel vaccine. Such immunisations are meant to prevent diseases and viruses that your child might be exposed to or encounter while on your trip. Also, consider visiting a travel vaccination centre and ask for advice. If there’s any particular vaccine that you and your family will need or can have to avoid health risks, they will know.
Aside from clothes and medicine kit, since you are with your child, try to bring things that are familiar to them, toys, a pillow or blanket they love. They may be well worth the additional bag check or weight charge as they’ll help your child feel at ease and help him or her relax.
Always Double Check
Now that everything is prepared, it won’t hurt if you check it over again. Then ask your partner to check your list and bags just one more time. Another set of eyes will ensure that nothing will be missed or left behind. Also, there might be information or stuff that you thought you don’t need but in reality, you can’t afford to miss.
Having children is one of the best things that can happen to you. Take the opportunity to make memories with them. Never let the thought of “hassle” or “stress” stop you from planning an amazing trip with them. With the right information, preparation, and determination, everything is possible.