Traveling during the holidays, especially on Christmas season, which can very well be dubbed as the biggest holiday of the year, can be quite daunting. Add little children into the fray and you make it doubly harder. Here are a few tips on how you can make traveling during the holidays, and with children, to boot, a rousing success, minus the drama or the booboo’s:
- Plan your trip ahead of time – Book your flight and hotel accommodation weeks, or if possible, months before your scheduled trip, that way you can have enough room to modify any part of the plan that would not work out. Not to mention, you can also take advantage of promos or Mega discount codes offered by hotels and airlines and get big discounts in your plane tickets and lodging expenses. If you can book admission to parks, museums or fairs that will be included in your itinerary, all the better.
- Travel light – pack what is only necessary to make it more convenient for you to move around. But, when it is seems an impossible feat with toddlers along, organize your stuffs to make it less time-consuming to retrieve whatever it is that you need and place each person’s stuffs in individual bag to prevent mix-ups.
- Book a family-friendly hotel – some hotels may not be that friendly to your children, so make sure you choose the ones that are. You can check out Travelodge or other hotels online about these details. A basic qualification is a playground or a play area, where your little ones can run around while you do something else.
- Stash on the basics– with little children in tow you can never be too prepared, so make sure you are equipped with whatever may happen. Pack along a small first aid kit that contains the basic items that you might need in case your children might get sick while traveling. Plus, of course, baby wipes must be a usual staple in any of your bags by now, along with snacks and toys to keep the little ones entertained on long trips, right?
- Keeping together – make sure that you stick together while traveling. You can make all the members of the family wear the same color of shirt to spot them easily in a crowd. Also, make sure the little ones have your details (parents’ names and contact numbers) in their pockets, in case you got separated.
These are just some of the basics when traveling, be it by yourself or with the whole family in tow. It could make your life a lot easier because you’re prepared for the worst. 🙂