Exploring new places and learning about the history behind the sites you visit is an enriching experience, and the chances of you taking on extra stress, trying to keep your child in check and make sure they are ok will not really make you enjoy the trip as much as you should.
You took a vacation to escape stressful daily tasks, and a vacation should be a stress free one! Here are some tips to help you achieve just that.
- Before you Leave – To get that stress free trip, there are things you need to do before starting off on your adventure, like -
1. Pack clothes according to the climate there and only pack essential stuff. Don’t overthink and imagine possibilities of various situations – pack light clothes and maybe an extra outfit. Don’t over pack and burden yourself with extra luggage.
2. Carry a toiletries kit including the essentials – toothbrush, floss, a small tube of toothpaste, mouthwash, combs, soaps etc. Also pack a portable medical kit with your children’s allergy medication and if he has motion sickness, anti-nausea ones too. Also carry the medicines you use to combat cold, cough, fever etc.
3. Keep your child in the loop about the places you are going to visit and stay at, in case he gets lost. Point out the place on a map, and let your child explore and know about the place and suggest all activities that the destination has to offer..
4. Budget your expenses and start saving from the day you decide to go on a trip. Money is not an easy thing to come by and if you are a single parent, you can always make sure you get your timely child maintenance payments by calling the child benefit phone number.
- During the Journey – Once you are packed and ready to go, the journey is probably where your kid will test your patience the most.
1. If you are going to be travelling for long hours, you better be ready for the cranky moods and temper tantrums. Avoid all these by carrying a few of their favorite gadgets – something that is light and not really heavy. For toddlers you can carry a rattle or its favorite toy. Play games like ‘I spy’ or ‘Word building’ to keep them occupied.
2. A child seat is usually mandatory in most countries. Install a child seat in your car before you leave for the journey. Make sure it’s comfortable and correct for your kid’s age. You’ll need a child restraint if you’re travelling by flight and if possible book for window seats rather than aisle ones. Keep their anti-nausea medication and sick bag ready for emergencies. Avoid filling them with greasy and oily food since it can have a bad reaction when travelling.
3. Carry some snacks and plenty of bottles of water to keep their appetite satisfied and keep their body hydrated.
- At The Place – Once you reach, make sure your kid doesn’t really wander off on his own. For safety precaution, pin a tag bearing his name, the address of where you are staying and your phone number on his clothes. Ask ahead and have strollers or prams ready, since you can’t really expect your kid to walk the whole time.