Traveling with kids any time of the year is hectic and when you throw it in during the holidays, you wonder what possessed you to do such a crazy thing. Unfortunately, for many, traveling during the holidays is the only time that’s convenient for everyone. So, rather than stress out, try these 10 tips to help make your life easier!
Here are ten simple tips to stick to when you’re traveling with kids during the holidays:
1. Tell your kids about the upcoming trip. If your kids are older and you want to surprise them, sure go ahead, but for younger kids it’s not such a great idea. You don’t want to run the risk of a younger child getting so excited he can’t sleep or getting anxiety about traveling on an airplane and not wanting to go. Letting your kids know weeks before gives them the chance to be involved in the planning.
2. Have an itinerary. When kids know what to expect, they are less likely to feel insecure and uncertain. For the younger ones, maintaining a routine is important to them. Let your kids know ahead of time what you’ll be doing.
3. Keep a routine when you’re traveling. If you have a bedtime night ritual with your child, stick with it.
4. Get plenty of rest the night before. It’s easier said than done, but it’s important to make sure everyone get a decent amount of sleep. Whatever time you’re leaving, give yourself plenty of time to make sure you have everything. It’s not a day to be stressed out because your kids will pick up on that vibe and they’ll act accordingly. For young kids it could mean temper tantrums.
5. Bring healthy snacks and beverages with you. If you’re at the airport, you can buy healthy snacks after you’ve gone through the security check points.
6. If you’re flying out, get to the airport earlier than usual. Expect long line ups and possible delays.
7. Be sure your kids have something to keep them occupied while they wait at the airport.
8. Pack essentials in your carry-on bag. This might include change of clothes, a small blanket, sippy cup, reading books or coloring book with crayons, stickers etc. for your younger kids.
9. If you’re flying out for your holidays, you’ll want to discuss with your kids on how to behave at the airport. Joking or mentioning anything about using or having possession of guns, bombs, knives etc. are not appropriate language to use.
It’s a good time as well to discuss with your kids about body scanners and other necessary security checks they may come across at the airport.
10. Expect the unexpected. You can’t control things that happen beyond your control. The best way to handle it is to stay calm and be patient. You’ll get to your destination.
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