5 Tips for Travelling with Kids for a Stress-Free Holiday
When one thinks about travelling with kids, they imagine stressful flights, stressful vacations, stressful everything--but it doesn't have to be that way. Or at least, it doesn't have to be as bad as you think.
There are lots of ways to manage this situation. Here are some of the most important highlights:
Just do it!
As daunting as the thought can be, it is essential to remember one thing when it comes to flying with children: it'll all be over soon.
So don't overthink it. Just pack up those bags and haul your kids over to that airport. It might be a bit painful, and your kids might throw a tantrum or two, but that flight will be over.
Take a night flight
Sure, scheduling it just so can be tricky (sometimes it all depends on your luck, y'know?), but taking a night flight is well-worth it. Not just for yourself, but for everyone else on the flight as well. After all, a sleepy child is a blessing for everyone.
What's more, once you land, your child would have had enough rest to face the rest of the day. Or at least the majority of it.
Do layers, not laces
This might seem like an insignificant detail, but it is something that you'd believe to be ingenious once you properly think about it. Honestly, why should you do layers instead of laces? Why does it matter?
It matters because it will save you a lot of time, not only before your trip to the airport, but at the airport as well. For instance, getting your kids up and going after passing through security is a lot easier if they have slip-ons instead of lace-up sneakers to deal with.
Give yourself plenty of time
As any parent ought to know, when kids are put into the equation, even the most carefully laid-out plans would have wrinkles in them. As a parent, you've learned to anticipate sudden bursts of temper, potty emergencies, hyperactivity and the like.
There is no reason why you shouldn't treat your upcoming trip the same way. Give yourself plenty of time by arriving at the airport early. This way, you won't end up feeling stressed out or worse, missing your flight if something unexpected happens.
Brand 'em and track 'em
This might seem a bit much, but really, nothing is too much when it comes to ensuring your child's safety. Now, I'm not saying that it would happen, but just in case you lose your child, you should ensure that they have your contact details on them. This is so people can contact you if they're found. You can do this by writing your details on their arm, by slipping that piece of information in their purse, or by investing in a GPS tracking device and following suit via the app.
Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini