Snacks are delicious, but they can also be an excellent source of entertainment
Travelling with tots can be tough. Jessica Gee, who has spent the past 12 months travelling the world with her kids, has some tips on how to make sure that your holiday goes swimmingly
1. Tell Travel Stories At Bedtime
On the days leading up to the trip, tell your children a bedtime story about their upcoming adventure on a giant airplane that will take you to a new magical land. Help them understand what to expect: tell them about the airport, tell them about the plane ride and explain what they will be able to see when they arrive in this exciting destination. It is crazy how much this has changed things for our children. The day starts off as an exciting adventure and not a stressful burden.
2. Turn Snacks Into Entertainment
Snacks are delicious and make for happy campers. But, they can also be an excellent source of entertainment. Double whammy! Try to prepare snacks that take a lot of time to eat. Picking raisins out of the box or peeling fruit leather off of the wrapper. The longer a snack takes to consume the better!
Try to schedule ﬂights that coordinate with nap times. Sometimes it’s worth the extra money to not have a horrible ﬂight schedule. If your toddler or baby can sleep on a plane, then keep them awake until takeoff. But delays happen a lot and your perfectly planned timing usually goes out the window. In this case proceed to step #7.
4. Ask For Help
Most people are extremely helpful. A lot of people have travelled with kids and know how hard it can be. People are usually very willing to give you a hand with your stroller going through security or putting your bag in the overhead bin. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to accept help. And then do the same 10 years down the road when you see a struggling mummy. This also includes the airline staff. Ask at check in if the ﬂight is full. If it is not, see if you can get an extra seat in your row. That extra space is the bomb. They often will let you bring a car seat on board if you think your little one will sleep or travel better strapped in.
5. Sit At The Back Of The Plane
It’s louder. So if you have a fussy baby, people don’t hear. It also helps lull a baby to sleep. Also, I prefer to be closer (but not too close) to the bathroom for potty emergencies.
6. Remember Yourself
Don’t forget to think about yourself. Prepare your own snacks and your own entertainment. Standing in the back of a plane rocking your child for an hour is a lot easier if you have a book on tape playing in your headphones.
7. Don’t Stress
Travelling is stressful. With kids, its stressful x 100,000,000. But everyone feeds off of your energy. If you’re stressed, then your children will feed off of your negative energy. So take some deep breaths and chillax.