Traveling with kids can be daunting. But while you are still at home, a little planning will help you be perfectly prepared. Here are 9 tips to make your traveling kid-friendly and more manageable
If you are traveling with kids to the tropics or a place where malaria is endemic, see your doctor beforehand for preventative medication or for any essential vaccinations. If your child has a pre-existing medical condition, you will need to ensure you have enough medicine for the duration of your trip. You might also want to carry preventative medication for travel or sea sickness.
Allergy food cards:
If your child is allergic to any foods, prepare a card with these food items written in English and the language of your destination country. You can present this card to the waiter or the chef before you place your order.
If your child has a medical condition, having an identity wrist bracelet detailing their illness, treatment and your doctor’s contact details can be helpful in case of emergency.
Hand sanitizer and cleansers:
No matter where you are travelling, from Delhi to Berlin, you can never go wrong with a hand-sanitizer and some anti-bacterial wipes. A spray of hand sanitizer before the children snack or before they grab on to their meal can stave off infections and illnesses, especially when there are no hand-washing facilities. You can also wipe off cutlery and other crockery if you are unsure about hygiene standards. Liquid soap and plastic bags can also come in handy if children catch you off guard by soiling their clothes in the middle of nowhere.
First aid kit:
Excited about playing in their new environment, children can get cuts or scrapes. Carry a first aid kit containing anti-septic or a disinfectant, cotton balls, surgical tapes or bandages to clean and cover those injuries. You can store it with essential medication (i.e. fever meds, or pain killers; liquid forms are easier for children to take). You can also carry insect repellent and anti-histamines, a thermometer, and a balm for chapped skin. You might have to bring your own bed-nets for baby cots as hotels don’t usually provide them.
Cotton clothing and accessories:
To help children stay cool, carry cotton clothes that can soak up sweat and avoid prickly heat or sweat rash. It’s a good idea to take a minimum of two sets of clothes per day for children. Don’t forget sunhats, neck flaps and sunglasses, preferably with elastic straps, as young eyes are more sensitive to sun glare.
If you’re used to using organic nappies at home, then test other brands for reactions or allergies before traveling. This will help you to decide whether you need to bring your preferred brand of organic nappies or can just buy another brand abroad.
Hard or boiled sweets can be a winner when coping with pressure changes on the plane. And as we all know, children can get unruly when hungry. Make sure you carry some healthy snacks like dried fruits, cereal bars and nuts, so you always have something on hand to keep them satiated.
If you’re flying. contact your airline office to check the allowed quantity of liquids to make sure you can carry enough nappy cream and formula or breast milk to make it through the flight, as this information can vary from airline to airline. Most airlines allow 100ml of liquids or creams, placed in a transparent re-sealable bag measuring 20cm by 20cm. Each traveler is allowed one bag.
Feeling overwhelmed with all the travel tips on the web? Suitcase too small to carry every item? Do a little research about your destination before you travel with kids, seek out the supermarkets and useful shops so if you want to travel light, you know where to buy the essentials on holiday. You can’t be prepared for every eventuality—simply prioritize the most important items and relax into a happy, safe vacation with your family & kids.