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TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
Whether you go on an adventure in an exotic place or enjoy a quiet holiday in the countryside, travelling with children can be a great experience. But it can also bring challenges. Planning a trip with children can be a big job. It requires careful considerations and preparations to ensure everyone has a happy and relaxing holiday. Here are our top 10 tips to make your holiday go as smoothly as possible:
- Pack smart: Pack clothes, snacks and toys in small portions. This way, you can grab a new set of items every day, instead of having to go through a big bag of stuff. Don't forget to pack some favourite toys and games to combat boredom.
- Prepare your children: Explain to your children in advance what to expect during the trip. Explain how the plane works, or what the hotel will be like. It will help them adapt better to new environments.
- healthy snacks: It is easy to get tempted with fast food and sweet snacks while travelling. Try to bring some healthy snacks, such as fruit, raw vegetables or nuts, so that you always have something on hand if they get hungry.
- Plan rest days: If you plan a full schedule, children will get tired and irritable. Plan some rest days where you can just relax by the pool or a park.
- Keep sleep times in mind: Try to adapt your travel schedule to your children's sleep times. For example, try to plan long car journeys during their afternoon nap time.
- Ensure safety: Write down important information such as your contact details and important medical information on a card and put it in your child's bag or pocket. This way you can be sure that your child always has important data with them.
- Explore together: Children learn the most by doing. Let them read maps, help them choose what they want to see, and let them take pictures. This gets them involved and excited.
- Keep it relaxed: Remember that it's a holiday! Not everything may go according to plan, but try to stay flexible and enjoy the experience.
- Consider a holiday home: If you are travelling with a large family, renting a holiday home can be more economical than a hotel. You also have your own kitchen, which means you don't always have to eat out.
- Don't forget the first-aid kit: You never know when you might need a plaster or some paracetamol. It is always a good idea to carry a small first aid kit for emergencies.