Before your kids came along, a vacation with friends or your significant other was probably an exciting affair; however, a vacation with kids is no such thing, it is more a time for the kids to further relax and the parents to further provide. Things can get hectic when you are struggling to juggle your luggage, soothe your baby, remember all your items, etc. Which is why we put together a list of essentials that you will need throughout your holiday travels with the kids (if you MUST take them with you…), along with some helpful tips and tricks that will ensure a smooth trip – well, don’t quote us on that!
SURVIVAL TIPS & TRICKS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVELS WITH KIDS
1. PLAN YOUR FLIGHT ACCORDING TO SCHEDULE
If at all possible, try to book a flight that synchs up with your child’s sleep schedule. There is no guarantee that they will sleep, but when you book a flight that is very early or late, you increase your chances of having a sleepy child on your hands. However, proceed with caution, as this may backfire; wherein your sleepy little bundle of joy may turn into a shrieking banshee from the depths of Ireland itself. If you are travelling with an infant, check for baby bassinet availabilities while booking your flight. How to avoid this problem: make it a Montreal holiday instead? Nevermind, we understand that you need to go be with your family or take a break from the cold; so remember, a sleepy child is usually better on an airplane.
2. HOPE FOR THE BEST, PREPARE FOR THE WORST
No matter how calm and collected your little one, travelling tends to bring out the whacky in them (and us, if we are being honest). So, although we want to think of our children as capable little humans, the fact of the matter is; they will most likely drive you up the wall. And that’s okay. If this is your first holiday travels with kids, think of it from your child’s perspective; this is an alien situation with strange people, uncomfortably popped ears and very little play space – this is not an ideal situation. Be prepared for meltdowns and breathe through them with your kids. We recommend that you write down a whole list of situations that could go terribly wrong, and pair them with solutions.
For Example: “My child could have an bathroom accident” or “my child screams uncontrollably throughout the entire decent” – it may sound silly, but you will be prepared for the worst, and if none of those things happen (or they only scream for half the time), then you are left feeling like things went better than expected, which is always a nice feeling to have while on holiday.
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