Traveling excites us. It makes us look forward to the experience as it provides us with the opportunity to explore new places, giving us a chance to relieve stress and recharge. While traveling, many aim to experience the most of it, and the idea of bringing kids along may feel like an overwhelming, daunting task. It doesn’t have to be, as all one has to do is prepare accordingly.
While looking forward to everything going as planned, one may have to deal with unpredictable schedules. But one shouldn't have to worry as enjoying themselves and their kids help create great family moments. Traveling with the kids will help in boosting their development and help them learn to adapt to changing situations. Here are a few simple tips to organize a trip with kids to maximize the family experience.
10 Pack Early And Pack Light
Packing early will help one to start the trip on time thus preventing panicking. While packing, make use of packing cubes in their suitcase. These are fabric containers that fit into the suitcases that are useful as they separate and organize items for multiple family members. This will help time because different kids can have their own colors alongside the adult visitor. Packing cubes help keep the items compact and one sees how much one is bringing. Roll clothes while packing as this will help to maximize space. Differentiate between a need and a want to avoid packing unnecessary items. Also, avoid packing too many items like excessive clothing, too many diapers, and baby wipes as one can purchase these along the way. Ensuring to pack light will help to save on weight.
9 Comfortable Car Seat For The Infant
Ensure that a car seat is installed on the rear seat of the car and fitted at the center. Make sure that it is correctly adjusted and fitted the right way. The kids’ car seat should suit the age and also the size of the baby. It should be in good condition, not missing any parts or damaged in any way. Position the infant in the car seat correctly to help the baby to stay safe, comfortable, calm, and keep the head from flopping. Buckle up the child correctly by fastening and securing the seat belts appropriately.
8 Maintain Favorable Temperatures
Install car window shades in the back seat to provide shade for the infant and kid. This will protect the kids from dangerous UltraViolet Rays. When hot, dress infants appropriately with light clothes. Make use of a cooling towel to bring down body temperature and prevent overheating using the air conditioner to cool. When cold, dress the infant warmly with hats and socks while making use of a blanket over the straps of the car seat. Turn up the heat to a temperature that is suitable for the kids so they do not overheat. This will help in keeping the kids warm.
7 Travel With A Mini First-Aid Kit
The first aid kit should have a thermometer so that one can be able to manage fevers and colds. Having an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean the hands when handling the baby either during breastfeeding or changing diapers ensures no cross-contamination. This will come in handy when there is no running water and soap. A pediatrician approved antihistamine in case of an allergic reaction to food or bites from insects. Bandages in case of scrapes and bruises. Nausea medication in case the kids get car sick.
6 Keep The Kids Occupied And Entertained
Find the right song to soothe and calm the kids. Bring favorite toys for the infant to play with to keep them busy. One can also sing to their kids to help not only feel calm but strengthen the bond while still on the move. It is also advised to have a car seat mirror which the kids will use to interact with themselves keeping them entertained.
5 Distract With Snacks
Provide the kids with snacks like crackers, nuts, and fruit. Be careful not to overdo junk food. Instead, have plenty of healthy snacks. Keep the kids hydrated by encouraging them to drink water and smoothies. This will help the kids to be well-nourished and avoid tiredness while they travel.
For the infant one should plan plenty of feed breaks to allow adequate time to nurse the infant. Don’t breastfeed a baby in a moving car as it is not safe. One should bring a nursing cover to feel relaxed when nursing their infant. If one has extra breast milk from a previous pump, use a portable cooler with frozen ice packs for storing. If with a partner, one can feed the baby with expressed milk. The partner can drive while one pumps then bottle-feeds the infant. One should be hydrated to successfully breastfeed infants on the road.
3 Schedule Regular Breaks
Having regular breaks during travel will give the kids the opportunity to stretch their legs. For infants who can’t walk, put them on a mat and allow them to roll around or crawl where safe. During this time, one can get some space to stretch and breathe more. Take this time to use the restroom, change the infant’s diaper and also get some more snacks for the kid. The breaks can also be used to create memories by taking pictures as a family. The little breaks will help reduce restlessness and anxiety levels.
2 Be Psychologically Prepared
While traveling there can be unpredictable schedules as anything can happen, so researching the destination and needed items can come in handy. Travelers should relax their minds and enjoy the trip keeping in mind that not everything will go as planned. This will also help the kids to relax when they see that their parent or guardian is relaxed as well.
1 Never Leave The Kids Unattended In The Car
For the safety of the kids, do not leave them alone in the car. This can expose them to hypothermia as their bodies tend to heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s body. They will also be at risk of being taken from the car by a stranger, so one should take their kids with them despite an unperceived danger. Traveling with kids is doable and totally worth it. And while at it, one is creating great family memories.