This is a guest blog post by Kendra Thornton – a Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. Kendra is a long time travel expert who has been packing her bags and traveling the world since she was 3 months old! She’s found her utmost desire in life is right here in her own home. Kendra has mixed her excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to her own home with some of her unique recipes and sharing some of her personal traveling tips. In this guest blog post, Kendra writes about five helpful tips for traveling with children.
Five Helpful Tips for Traveling With Kids
As a mother, I am well aware of how difficult it can be to take your kids on trips. While I avoid turning my vacations into work, I also try to handle some details beforehand. Following a few guidelines has helped me to plan fun trips that leave my whole family feeling refreshed.
1. Give Your Kids Plenty of Time to Rest
If you have a baby or toddler that takes daily naps, try to work their routne into your schedule. Sticking to regular sleep patterns helps young children to stay healthy. A happy and well-rested child will also help you to maintain your sanity.
2. Eat Before Arriving at Theme Parks
Restaurants at theme parks are typically costly. If you are traveling to one of these destinations, make sure you and your family eat a hearty breakfast before you arrive. In addition to saving a ton of money, you’ll have more control over what your kids eat. Your family will have much more energy if their bellies are full of eggs and pancakes instead of churros and fried twinkies. If you want a convenient place to eat in the morning, try to find a resort or hotel that includes nutritious breakfasts with your room.
I used Gogobot before my last family vacation and found a list of great Orlando hotels with authentic reviews to help me determine where I wanted to stay and what would be most family friendly. There I found a hotel that not only included free continental breakfast for kids but also one that had a quiet hours policy at night!
3. Stop Regularly on Road Trips
When road tripping with a cartful of kids, keeping their hyperactivity levels to a minimum should be a top priority. I always make sure to stop at parks and rest stops to let my kids blow off some steam. Frequent stops are also a good way to give everyone opportunities to go to the bathroom.
4. Make Sure Your Kids Wash Their Hands
According to an SCA survey, only about 60 percent of adults wash their hands after they sneeze, cough, or blow their noses. 58 percent have witnessed other people leaving restrooms without washing their hands. If adults have this much trouble with hygiene, you can guess how scrupulous kids are when it comes to hand-washing. It may not be easy, but try to keep your kids healthy by getting them to wash their hands regularly.
5. Put a Stop to That Pop
As a result of their smaller inner ear organs, children are especially prone to the ear pain and popping that occurs during flights. Luckily, there are some easy ways to adjust your kids’ ears to the changing air pressure. I like to pack ibuprofen, ear drops, bottled drinks, gum, and hard candy as natural remedies for the problem.
Traveling with kids is not exactly a walk in the park, but these techniques have made my trips much easier. Vacations should be relaxing, and it is certainly possible to over-plan for a trip. However, putting in some effort before you leave will make your family adventure much less taxing.