Going on a vacation is a super exciting prospect – until you remember that you have to organise the chaos that comes along with travelling with kids. This can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a disaster!
Travelling with your kids can be just as fun and relaxing as it would be on your own or with a partner, so long as you plan ahead and take the necessary steps before your trip.
Make a List
Preferably at least a week before you need to leave, start making a list of everything you’ll need to pack for your trip, and particularly for your kids to keep happy, sane, and safe.
Remember to pack toys and activities, enough clothes and spares (since they will probably be getting dirty), toiletries and medication, your kids glasses and any other items that they might need. Making a list will help you not only to remember what to pack to take along but also what you need to remember to bring home too.
When you’re travelling with your kids, picking a destination is less about the destination itself and more about what you can do there. Picking a holiday spot with loads of fun activities and sights to see will keep everyone from being bored and frustrated.
Try to choose places that will have something for everyone in your family – parents, teens, kids and even toddlers and babies. Beach holidays are a top choice for a family-friendly trip, and amusement parks and water parks are always great for younger kids of a wide age range. Most popular holiday destinations will be full of tourist attractions that will be fun for your kids too, so do some activity hunting before you book your flights.
Since you’ve followed our previous tip and booked your holiday based on all the fun things there are to do there, the next thing you should do is plan your itinerary.
Having a clear, set schedule of who is doing what and when will just help you as a parent to feel more organised and at ease while you’re on holiday. It is important to leave room for spontaneity too (you are on holiday after all) but having a plan or at least a list of things to do is a real boredom buster.
Have a Travel Buddy
When you’re travelling with your partner in parenting, this is easier, but that’s not always the case for single parents. Inviting another adult to come along for the ride is a great way to provide yourself with some company and a second pair of eyes for your kids.
Many single moms bring their own parents along for a family holiday, which allows the grandparents to get away for a while too, but also leaves space for Mom to have a night or two off.
As you can see, one of the most important aspects of travelling with kids is making sure that you’ve planned ahead and know exactly what’s going on. Avoiding chaos in this way can lead to a peaceful vacation no matter where you go.