Travelling with Young Children
October 13, 2017 at 12:43 PM
Xmas is just around the corner, so if you're planning that summer holiday we're here to help!
Travelling with children can be an incredibly enriching and rewarding experience for everyone involved. The key to a successful holiday with young children is to be prepared, mentally and physically. We have shared some tips below to help with this, being super organised will help to ensure your holiday will be an enjoyable and memorable time.
When travelling with children, plan for a slower paced holiday than you are usually used to. Be realistic about what activities you can cover in a day with the little ones tagging along. The fewer activities you have to try and fit in, the less stressed everyone will be. Let the kids help to choose what to do! Make sure you have indoor and outdoor activities planned so if the weather turns, you have plenty of options to keep busy. Prepare a list of activities that will take various times, and if you have more than one child, take turns to choose one from the list! Some children can get nervous about taking a break from their daily routine, talk to them about their upcoming holiday and what is planned to prepare them.
If you’re looking to stay in a hotel, check for special family deals and holiday packages, you may get a free meal for the children with your stay. Definitely pre-book the accommodation, trying to search for a place to stay when travelling with children in tow can be difficult. Try and book accommodation with facilities suited to your needs so you can lighten your load, e.g. check if they supply cots or highchairs. Do they have any children’s activities? Perhaps an outdoor play area? Does the accommodation allow for the children to sleep in a separate room? If there is a self-contained kitchen this is a bonus as you can save money by preparing some of the meals.
Some tourist accommodation isn’t exactly child-friendly. Check locks on doors and windows to make sure the room is secure. Check railings etc. are safe, you may need to change your accommodation if they are not. Move the furniture around to cover wall sockets or exposed wires. Bring your own stair barriers/gates if you need to and try and avoid bunk beds for very young children
Use extra rear-view mirrors in the car so you can keep an eye on the children. Accessories for entertainment are a great idea, a children’s music CD or a portable DVD player will keep them busy. Don’t forget to bring headphones for them if you want to contain the noise! Make sure you have plenty of water and snacks available. Plan breaks along the way, research parks and playgrounds to stop at so the kids can stretch their legs!
Taking a pram or stroller is ideal when travelling with children. It’s perfect for tired little legs and a makeshift bed for nap time. Also, something to help carry the bags, and keeping the child close if you’re in a crowded area. Allow time for exploring at the child’s pace. Make sure you are packed for all weather conditions. Have clothing layers to pull on or take off. And once again, make sure you have plenty of water and snacks!
Take lots of photos, buy postcards to help the children preserve their memory of the trip. You can write notes on the back with the date and age. Look for local activities and local attractions to keep the kids entertained, e.g.: swimming, playgrounds, games. Don’t forget to plan downtime for yourself too!
So get planning and make it a holiday to remember! The less stress, the more fun everyone will have. Take time to shop around and get the right facilities to suit your family’s needs and don’t forget to ask for family deals and discounts for any attractions or accommodation! Make sure you plan some downtime when you get home so the kids can re-adjust! A quiet few days and early nights will be beneficial for mum and dad to wind down too!
And for those who won't get a holiday this Xmas, don't forget we have educators in Napier, Hastings, Palmerston North, Levin, Dannevirke, Waipukarau and Waipawa available to help out with childcare. We promise our Sprouts kids get a great Xmas break, even if their parents don't!
Contact us to find out more on 0800 777 688