Traveling With Children: Top 10 Family Trip Tips and Checklists

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Traveling with children calls for Family Trips to be planned with greater care, with the needs of the child taking center stage. Multiple aspects need to be kept in mind to make it a smooth experience.

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General considerations while traveling with children:

  • Preparing the child– Talk to your child days before traveling, discussing interesting aspects of the place you will be visiting and about the journey itself.
  • Flexibility and time– Be prepared to alter plans and keep extra time in hand to factor in situations like ill health and fatigue.
  • Reservations and bookings– Pre-book all tickets and make hotel and car reservations before reaching the destination.
  • Destination– Choose destinations that involve comfortable travel and offer a good combination of indoor and outdoor activities suited for all. Avoid places which might call for trekking, a lot of climbing, extreme weather conditions or induce sea/altitude or motion sickness.
  • Health concerns– Consult your child’s doctor before going on a trip, for determining fitness and child health for travel and taking any necessary vaccines or medicines (Flu shots, anti-malaria medicines, anti-allergens, etc.) Carry basic first-aid items and medicines to deal with common problems like fever, diarrhea, vomiting, cough, etc.
  • Food– Always carries your own supply of baby food formulas for those dependent on it. For older children, it’s safest to offer cooked food from places where it’s freshly made. Eg:- eateries with frequent customers. Carry suitable snack packets for eating on the go and for times and places when suitable foods may not be available. Buy bottled water for drinking.
  • Activities– Pack some of the favorite toys, storybooks, art material (crayons/coloring book/art sheets) to keep your child occupied while traveling or during transit waits and delays. A variety of activity kits are available at stores these days which can be purchased as per the child’s age and interest.
  • Clothing-Dress up children in comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear, according to the weather. If traveling to places with a drastic change of weather, use clothes for layering which are easy to put on and take off.
  • Essentials pack-Pack a handy bag/backpack with the necessary items like snacks, tissues, diapers, disinfecting wipes/ sanitizers, water, emergency medicines, first-aid items, activity kits, a change of extra clothes.
  • Contact information-Remember to put a tag or card attached to your children’s clothing or in their pockets listing your contact details and their identifying information in case they get separated or lost.
  • Feeding– Never travel when children are hungry. Feed them, well before the journey begins.

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Packing lists for babies and toddlers

  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Sickness bags for vomiting, waste bags for diaper disposal
  • Clothes and footwear as per weather, towels and burping napkins/cloths
  • Baby food formulas(can be measured and packed in portions)
  • Snacks
  • Plastic bibs
  • Medicines and first aid kit
  • Baby’s utensils (baby spoon, fork, sipper cup, feeding bottle)

Packing lists for school age children

  • Snacks
  • Medicines and first aid kit
  • Books, toys, activity kits, holiday record journals, a spare camera
  • Clothes and footwear as per weather and occasions
  • Required toiletries ( soaps, shampoo, sunscreen, lotions/lip balms, sanitary napkins, hand sanitizers, etc)
  • Hats/caps, sunglasses, wristwatch, jewelry.
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