We’re all itching to book our holidays for 2021 after the ‘interesting’ year that 2020 has turned out to be. But are you wondering how to travel with your new arrival or soon-to-be toddler? Whether you’re looking abroad or arranging a staycation, travel with young kids doesn’t have to be stressful. It is possible to have a fun vacation as a family, even when it might seem daunting to corral your kids away from home. Here are four essential strategies for travelling with young kids.
Purchase The Right Pushchair
If you’ve got babies or toddlers that need a Baby Travel System to be transported from point A to point B, make sure you’ve got the right set of wheels before your travel. If you’re getting on a plane, a lightweight, foldable pram will save you hours of grief trying to pack up or wait for your pram at the luggage carousel. If you’re going on a more adventurous journey or even a day out, a sturdier pushchair with suitable wheels might help you when going on a hike. Buy a pram that matches the needs of your holiday.
Prep A Distraction Pack
Be ready with a bag of kid activities, whether it’s your baby’s favourite stuffed toy or an interactive book to engage your toddler. Many sites provide travel packs or travel toys for babies so that you have the perfect set of goodies to distract your little ones. Why not buy them a few months in advance, so they become your kid’s go-to toys? Smaller children might be more anxious when travelling as they will be in a completely new place, so giving them some familiarity will make your journey a little bit simpler.
Prepare A Travel Routine
As much as you can while travelling, try to keep to your young kid’s current routines to maintain their eating and sleeping schedules. If you’re travelling by car, plan some stops along the way so the kids can get out and walk (or stretch out if they aren’t quite at that stage yet). If you’re on a plane with a small child, hopefully, in 2021, you’ll be able to take them for walks down the centre aisle again. The same goes for when you reach your destination – try and keep them to a similar routine they would at home.
Get Your Five-Year-Old Involved
If your next holiday is going to be with your five-year-old, it’s the perfect time to get them involved with the holiday planning. Give them a selection of choices to make it easier for them – do they want to go to the beach or the pool? Snorkelling or boat trip? Give them two or three options and let them feel part of the holiday preparation. Look up some of the trips or local destinations ahead of time and see which ones rank highly. TripAdvisor has a Family Forum if you want to ask people ahead of time.
With these simple tips, you’ll be sure to have a great time with your family, wherever you go. We might have a little bit of time to plan for our next trip, so make the most of it and get your young kids ready for the adventure well in advance.