When you decide to travel with your kids you need to make all kinds of arrangements so that they enjoy the trip in good health. The age of your child/children will determine as to how you shall go about carefully planning your travel with them.
So if you are looking forward to a more safer and hassle-free traveling with your kids then just keep in mind the following useful tips:
Kids and children are at greater health risks in unknown/new countries or places. Depending on the age of your kids you have to take adequate precautionary measures to safeguard their health while traveling to newer destinations.
You must gain sufficient knowledge about various signs and symptoms related to commonly occurring travel-related illnesses in children. If required you must go in for medical counseling prior to the journey so that you can monitor your kids carefully for any signs of illness while traveling.
So if you are taking your children to any tropical destination then don’t forget to get them immunized beforehand against such deadly tropical diseases as malaria, tuberculosis, intestinal parasites, Yellow fever and so on.
Always keep a first-aid box filled with basic medicines and other medical accessories ready while traveling with kids. You will need its help quite frequently especially if your kids are a bit too active and adventurous.
While traveling never leave your kids all alone anywhere especially near water bodies such as lakes, seas, mountaintops near cliffs, while they are engaging in such adventure activities as mountain climbing, rafting, canoeing etc. to prevent drowning, falling, mountain sickness, high-altitude edemas, etc.
Always remember that traveling with a toddler/infant provides a completely different set of challenges as compared to the problems and anxieties faced in case of older kids and adolescents. So you’ve got to be prepared and well equipped accordingly.
While Traveling With Kids
While traveling with kids in the car you’ve got to make sure that all your car’s seat belts are in a working condition. If you are child weighs more than 40 pounds then you must restrain him/her in age-specific car seats.
Kids get tired and bored quickly. So while traveling in car/train/air for greater distances make sure your kids are enjoying the journey. Play some foot-tapping music on your car CD/cassette player or let them carry their Discman/walkman along, bring along attractive toys, hand puppets, stuffed toys, clear tape, plastic figurines, etc.
For the toddlers/younger kids, encourage your kids to sing along with you, keep them occupied with tasty and non-messy snacks/finger foods so that they spend most of their time munching, try to talk up a storm discussing about the exciting destinations they will be visiting shortly, engage them in mind games, alphabet games, reading interactive books, etc.
When you are traveling with infants/toddlers you will need to change their nappies and diapers frequently. So it is advised that you carry adequate amount of diaper disposal bags while traveling.
While traveling in a car try and stop at convenient spots such as at a roadside motel/inn or a fast food joint occasionally. No doubt your kids will be tired sitting for long hours in the car. Let your kids stretch their body, play around a bit grabbing a bite or two of their favorite pizza. Also you can avoid motion sickness commonly reported in children while traveling at a stretch in vehicles.
While traveling in flights your kids. Ear pain during descent, and jet lag are the two most common problems faced by kids and youngsters similar to adults during air travel. Always keep some chewing candies and chewing gums handy for such situations. Always have a bottle to give them when they start to cry. This will help out fellow passengers that are trying to sleep.
A travel Magna doodle is ideal for active toddlers in transit by air/train/car. The last flight I was on the mom had the easier job with the kid that was strapped into the car seat. The other kid was all over the place what a pain that was.
This will keep them occupied throughout the journey looking at the scenes and the skies outside. Don’t forget to carry blankets while traveling in cars so that you can wrap your kids at night while they sleep. It’s better to carry the potty along while traveling in the car/train/plane if kids accompany you who are less than 3.5 years of age