You booked a flight and a hotel, did everything that needs to be done to ensure an amazing trip and suddenly, your child gets sick? This could certainly ruin your worry-free vacation and cause you many problems you aren’t really prepared to handle in a different country.
To avoid this from happening, you need to take some steps when traveling with a small child. The general travel preparation rules are simply not enough here – you need to take care of not only your safety and well-being abroad but of that of your child, too.
To help you be prepared for a trip with a small child, we created a list of 8 tips you should know of.
1. Plan More Time Than Usual
You are traveling with a person who depends on you, so you might want to plan to have extra time to get things done before the travel. Remember that you might have to make plenty of toilet stops, stop several tantrums and fight with constant stalling for no apparent reason, so make sure to take your time and plan a flexible travel schedule.
2. Book Your Trip Ahead
Not only is it safer and cheaper to book trips ahead, but this is a must when you are traveling with a child. You sure don’t want to run around town trying to book a hotel room with a child that is starving or tired.
3. Be Prepared for the Weather
When people pack for a trip, they usually check the weather forecast. In this case, you do not only need to check the forecast but also be prepared for unexpected climate changes. When traveling with a child, pack all the gear necessary and some extras in case the weather changes. You wouldn’t want to leave your kid without a jacket if the prognosis does not turn out as you expected when packing his clothes.
4. Make Use of All Those Apps
There are many apps for traveling with children. You no longer need to cram dozens of toys in an already filled hand luggage to entertain your child on the plane. You can now use your phone for this purpose – even though it is not the most recommended tool for entertaining children, it can be life-saving during travels.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Use Public Transport
If you are very unlucky, your child might not like public transport and cause you many troubles when you use it. But, in most cases, toddlers like to experience new things such as traveling by different transportation methods.
6. Pack Your Medicine
Children tend to get ill when on holiday. To avoid all the stress of running around town with a sick child, pack the essentials when going on the trip.
Make sure you have medication for fevers, allergies, plasters, thermometer, antiseptic wipes, etc. You can surely purchase the rest from the country you are visiting, but having these handy when you need them will save you from a lot of trouble.
7. Bring Some Games with You
Delays happen and your child can easily get bored. The smart thing to do is get a number of games ready to play with your child in case of delays in travel plans.
8. Check Their Passports
Your child cannot check his own passport – you have to do it for him. In addition to checking your own documents, double-check those of your child, too. Their passports tend to last less than those of adults, so you might just have missed the fact that they need a new one.
If they do, renew the old passport as soon as possible.
Cross off each item of this list and move to enjoying an amazing holiday with your dear children!