Traveling with young children is tricky at the best of times. You need to be prepared for all sorts of accidents and twists of fate. With that in mind, here are some useful tips for traveling with kids this summer season.
Plenty of time
Probably the greatest gift you can give yourself when traveling with kids is time. Whether you're traveling to your next destination, sightseeing or checking in to your flight at the airport, extra time is always useful. You're much more likely to have a calm, peaceful holiday without the pressure of getting to places on time. With more time on your hands, you can factor in toilet stops, tantrums and accidents so that they do not set you back.
Always plan ahead
Booking ahead is another measure which can really pay off when you have children. Whether you're staying in a hotel or going camping, there is nothing worse than arriving at your destination to find there is no room for you and your family.
Prepare for all weathers
Make sure you have all the necessary gear at your disposal and you'll go a long way towards eliminating stress. If your kids are dressed for the weather in their new destination they will be happier and will settle in much easier than if they are wearing the wrong ski suit, have forgotten their gloves or they do not have their wellingtons.
These days there's simply no need to go cramming a whole toy box into your carry-on luggage. One device can store a whole host of apps to keep the little ones entertained, and save a wealth of space in your luggage at the same time.
Bring a travel pillow
Let's face it, the best situation for everyone is that your child falls asleep on a long journey. So, encouraging them to do just that is key. Provide them with a soft comfortable cushion to rest their heads on and they will be out like a light. Choose something like this piglet memory foam pillow and the chances are they will snooze for hours.
Do not be afraid of public transport
You may be tempted to avoid the hassle of public transport and rent an expensive car, but remember that kids, especially toddlers, love the thrill of a bus or train journey. As long as they have a window seat, they'll be enthralled.
Get a child locator
Instead of using reins or backpacks with leashes, invest in one of the best investments to hit the market to date: the child locator. This handy device is a small unit that your child wears on their belt or shoe. You keep the transmitter. If your child goes missing, you simply set off the alarm and follow the sound of it to find them. Ingenious!
Keep germs away
Whether you're in Venice or Vietnam, two things you absolutely must pack in your handbag are antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer. These can be invaluable when there are no washing facilities on hand, or when your toddler drops a favorite toy. Getting rid of the germs means your child is less likely to get sick.
Pack a medicine kit
There's nothing worse than a sick child on holiday. Do not forget to pack a medicine kit with some essential supplies in case the inevitable should happen. Your kit should include things like plasters, antiseptic wipes, a thermometer and sting ointment. You could also try a medicine like Calpol.