Today I am happy to have Kendra Thornton guest posting today about traveling with children! Kendra is a now a mother of 3, who is a former director of communications at a well-known travel company. She has had the opportunity to travel around the world including 28 countries on 6 continents. So traveling is something she is very familiar with!
While there’s something to be said for impromptu getaways, they aren’t really practical when traveling with kids. Without making the right plans, you’re likely to end up with a car full of cranky, overly tired little ones. Everyone should have a blast on a family vacation, and taking a few things into consideration can make all of the difference in the world.
Five Ways to Keep Kids Happy While on Family Vacations
Adults generally understand why their ears hurt during takeoffs and landings and are able to swallow frequently to adjust to changing air pressures. Small kids don’t really get it, so alternative ways of coping are in order. Hand your kids hard candy or gum before taking off or landing. You can also have them sip drinks or eat snacks. If they are old enough, explain why their ears hurt and how chewing gum and doing other things can help.
2. Keep Theme Park Meltdowns at Bay with Quiet, Comfortable Rooms
Taking the whole family to a theme park is expensive, so you may be tempted to stay at the cheapest hotel possible. Getting a great deal isn’t worth it if the room isn’t quiet or comfortable enough to ensure a good night’s sleep for everyone. Read online reviews carefully to avoid properties that tend to be loud and uncomfortable.
3. Be Strict about Hand Washing
According to a survey by SCA, four out of every 10 adults don’t wash their hands after coughing, blowing their noses or sneezing. Kids are probably even less diligent about it, so it’s up to you to make sure your little ones are as hygienic as possible. That’s especially important while traveling because kids are out of their element and a minor cold can reduce anyone’s enjoyment of a family vacation.
4. Get Clever about Organizing
Your journeys will be much less stressful when kids’ things are kept in order. That’s usually easier said than done, but you’ll have a fighting chance when you keep organizational items on hand. A canvas shoe bag is a clever way to keep small toys, books and even snacks within easy reach. Let your child choose what to put it in and how to organize it.
5. Recreate Home in a Hotel
It’s crucial for kids to get plenty of sleep while on the road. Bring along your child’s favorite blanket, sheets, stuffed toys and other items to recreate home at a hotel. If your child uses a fan or noise machine at home, bring it along. You’ll find that bringing along the extra stuff is more than worth it. It is also great to know that many Orlando hotels also offer a quiet hours policy to ensure their visitors, especially children, get that solid night’s rest needed!
No vacation is ever perfect, but planning things out as much as possible makes it easier to keep everyone happy, healthy and ready for fun.
Thanks again to Kendra for putting this together – I hope it helps some families who are thinking of planning their next family vacation!