Tips For Traveling With The Tots

Posted by Nick Niesen on October 29th, 2010

While many parents avoid traveling with young children, a bit of preparation can ensure a successful family vacation. By making a checklist of all your necessities and planning for any difficulties, you and your family can enjoy your vacation instead of worrying about what could go wrong. Here is a list of travel tips to help you prepare for your family vacation. By following some of these suggestions, you and your family will always remember your family vacation for all the right reasons.

You certainly can?t expect your children to be perfect, so set some reasonable expectations for your family vacation. Perhaps one of the best ways to keep your children interested throughout your family vacation is to involve them in the planning process. Your children will be excited to have a hand in the itinerary and will learn about the destination before you depart. Once you arrive, you can be confident that your kids won?t complain about the chosen activities.

Regarding air travel, you might want to try securing seats in the front row of the aircraft. The front row of seats will grant your family some extra space and privacy, which are especially helpful if traveling with infants or toddlers. Your children should also be able to wander with more ease at the front of the cabin, but ask the flight attendant if you aren?t sure what is acceptable.

While non-stop flights are recommended by many for family travel, a break can sometimes be useful. If your family is traveling to the Caribbean, an hour or two in an airport can take some of the edge off a long day. Not only will your children be able to walk around and stretch, you can also stock up on snacks and any items you may have forgotten.

If you are traveling with older children, you might want to consider an early morning flight to prevent any delays. When flying with infants and younger children, many families prefer late night flights as they correspond with the child?s natural sleep schedule.

When traveling to the Caribbean or any other international location, pack all the medicines your children might need ? both prescription and over-the-counter varieties. As many countries have different medicines than the U.S. and packaging may be considerably different, don?t take any chances. Check the carry-on restrictions and pack whatever you can in your carry-on baggage. It is also a good idea to pack a change of clothes, a blanket and a pillow for your young ones to ensure that they are comfortable on the airplane.

One of the greatest difficulties of family travel is the transport of large items like strollers and playpens. Before you leave for your trip, contact the concierge of your Caribbean resort regarding the availability of cribs, strollers, car seats or anything else your baby might need. If your hotel is unable to acquire any of these vacation essentials, there are a few international organizations that arrange delivery of such rental items.

Organize a selection of toys like dolls, stuffed animals and books in one of your carry-on bags. To prevent any unnecessary embarrassment, try to avoid packing noise-making toys or those with small parts ? like model kits, building blocks or board games. Portable DVD players and CD players can also keep your children occupied and entertained. It is also a good idea to pack some healthy snacks for your children, as it is often difficult to please with airline food.

Your preparation should also include planning for unforeseen events, such as someone getting lost or sick. By planning all the small details ? down to what type of trail mix to eat on the airplane ? and more serious issues affecting your itinerary before you travel, you and your family won?t have to spend your family vacation worrying. You will simply enjoy every minute of it.

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