Traveling with family is never quite as idyllic as the pictures make it look. The reality of family travel can be pretty overwhelming and can convince even the most travel-loving parents to stay at home for the next decade of their lives.
However, you can enjoy a trip with your entire family with meticulous planning and organization.
Traveling with kids can be stressful. These expert parenting travel tips will guide you throughout your trip and ensure you have a smooth family travel experience.
Always check what the current situation is ahead of time, preferably by calling all destinations.
Many attractions and tourist areas’ websites are not up-to-date and may not have the current Covid protocols or rules listed. Make sure the places you want to visit are operating at the times you want to go.
Apps are your friend! Use travel planning apps to keep your itineraries and information in one place.
Download parking, airline, and rental car apps to make check-in easier. Use attraction apps to ensure you get the most out of your experience. The more work you can do on your phone, the less work you need to do while standing in line (and we all know how kids are when they have to stand in line)!
Vacation and travel are a time to relax and enjoy. However, it is crucial to stick to your routine as much as possible when traveling with kids.
However, if you absolutely cannot avoid it, be prepared for off-meal times with snacks. The same idea applies to bedtime. Although an early bedtime may not be the best way to spend an evening, it is better than the alternative!
If traveling to a different time zone, be prepared for terrible jet lag. Jet lag with children is the worst, but there are things you can do to prepare for it.
First, drink lots of water and spend lots of time outdoors. This will allow your body to naturally adjust to the current time zone. Do your best to wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night, on the clock of the time zone you’re visiting.