By: Susan Sherren for Couture Trips Published: May 5, 2021 4:56 PM CST
We all know time flies especially when your on a vacation. When you have children at home, vacations can be some of the most vivid memories they recall when they are older. It is important to select locations, and travel itineraries that are child friendly. Being outdoors is a great way to connect with your children. They can enjoy endless hours just exploring nature. Safety concerns are primary considerations when traveling with children. When you select a hotel or other location, you might want to inquire if it is child proof- a poolside room might not be a good idea if you have an inquisitive toddler. We have several tips for traveling with young ones.
1. Slow down and leave plenty of time- you will likely be traveling with extra kiddie gear when you leave home, this in addition to other needs your child might have will put the breaks on your normal pace. Enjoy just being together, it is often the simplest things that bring the most joy.
2. Simplify your itinerary-you likely won't want to traipse across Europe with a toddler in tow. Staying in one location or two at the most will be the best bet. Children love routines and constantly changing places can place added stress on you and your child.
3. Don't overpack- take the essentials, you'll be happy your won't be lugging multiple suitcases thru the airport. You can actually buy most things after you arrive at your destination. It's one thing to be prepared and another to bring the entire kitchen sink along.
4. Preplan your itinerary-a well planned itinerary that is child friendly will take the strain off you and your family. You can prep the child in advance for each day's activities. Plus, you won't waste time trying to decide on what to do once you arrive at your destination. Naps and other scheduled activities can be perfectly penciled in.
5. Pack a basic first aid kit- you never know when you child might come down with a cold, fever or stub his/her toe. A thermometer is always a must in addition to items found in a basic first aid kit.
6. Have appropriate documentation- especially if you are traveling out of the country. Some of these might include:
Copies of birth certificates
Notes from the child’s non-present parents
The best advice we can give is focus on creating wonderful memories with your child and family. Time is fleeting and you'll recall these lazy, carefree days in the coming years. Take plenty of pictures and videos so you can share them with your child in later years. Travel can be an eye opener for children, they can have rich experiences in a new culture- help them embrace new environments. Couture Trips focuses on helping families make memories. Precious moments with our children may lasts seconds but the memories they create can be with us our entire lifetime.