PLANNING A HOLIDAY WITH KIDS

Travel is an exciting word. It promises new experiences, a break from routine life and a chance to recharge and refresh oneself.  Add a tiny human being to this and the equation completely changes. I get it, parenting is challenging. Moving out of your comfort and support zone and planning a trip with a baby can seem to be a daunting task. However, a well thought of itinerary and an intelligent planning go a long way in ensuring that the entire family has a lovely holiday.

 

We have two boys under four and we were keen to make the most of summer and do a weekend away with our boys. My husband and I discussed child friendly locations and co-parenting responsibilities at the onset. Fathers, who are in most cases not the primary caregiver, may not be prepared for the time and effort it takes to care for a child. Discuss this openly with your spouse and decide the duties that you both will share. It will help keep both of you on the same page. Once this is out of the way, get down to the planning.

 

Do your Research

There are several ways travelling with a child can be made comfortable. I spent many hours online researching for child friendly stay options. Recommendations from other parents surely help. Zero down on 2 or 3 that seem best and discuss this with your partner. Make a checklist of your requirements. Some of the things to look out for are –

 

Comfortable room / suite size
Child friendly menu
High chair at the restaurants
Play area
Swimming pool for babies
Activity / Indoor play room
Laundry / Pantry Facility

 

Pack in Advance
Clothes, diapers, toys, toiletries, snacks – the list is long. You do not want to be stuck in a new place and remember the pacifier the baby won’t sleep without is left on the bedside. Write down everything you may need and there will always be an item or two you remember to put in later.

 

Travel Tips
Kids do tend to get restless while travelling and the erstwhile “Are we there yet” doesn’t seem to cease. Carry some entertainment for the road – busy bags, crayons, books and nursery rhyme CDs for older kids and rattle / sensory toys for younger ones.

Carry light snacks for the travel. I generally like to pack 5-6 mini snacks which can be offered at intervals.

 

Take it Easy
An action packed itinerary just won’t fly with a baby.  Instead plan for one big activity or couple of the smaller ones each day. It keeps the pressure off the holiday and everyone is more relaxed. The last thing you want is a tired and cranky child when you too are exhausted.

 

Disposable Diapers
This works best during travel as it is use and throw. Carry extra, change when soiled and use a diaper rash cream to keep the baby’s bum clean and irritation free. We use Teddyy diapers and their disposable changing mats which is a multipack product.

 

Carry Toys & Treats
Kids need to be occupied while indoors as well. I like to carry books and some new toys to keep their interest up. This also allows my husband and I to enjoy some ‘us’ time while the kids are busy. We pack in our tablet which is offered as a treat to the kids while we rest or prepare for the day ahead.

 

Co-parenting
A holiday is for the entire family and sharing child care duties ensures that mom is not overworked. My husband and I like to take turns when possible looking after the kids. This gives us some time to enjoy activities like a massage or shopping which is not possible otherwise.

 

To sum up, planning well, packing in advance and taking it easy are to key mantras to an enjoyable family holiday. Try to stay as close to a baby’s routine, plan activities that are enjoyable for the entire family and share the load. This way you will have a happy, well-travelled child at hand.

15 Comments

  1. Charu Chhitwal
    August 9, 2018

    I agree planning makes all the difference and taking it easy when it doesn’t go as planned is crucial

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  2. Purva Bhatia
    August 10, 2018

    We have written a similar article on our website. Things change a lot after having kids. My husband and I joke that after our baby, work feels like vacation and vacation feels like work because of all the planning it requires 😉

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  3. Gurjeet Chhabra
    August 10, 2018

    Nice tips. I am to planning vacations with tips and I have two naughty kids with different age. I am sure this tips make my travel.easy

    Keep up good work
    Gurjeet Chhabra

    http://www.prismaroundgurjeet.com

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  4. Dipika Singh
    August 10, 2018

    Planning a trip with toddlers is always tricky, planning and strategizing helps a little, yes. But moms must always be ready for unseen unheard un-forecasted detours.
    Your post covers all the must prep things so well.

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  5. Reetuparna Saha
    August 10, 2018

    Such wonderful tips for parents to travel with kids. Planning well in advance is always a good option before travelling.

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  6. Snehalata
    August 10, 2018

    Being a travel mom i always keep the list ready and also do last min check

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  7. Amrita
    August 10, 2018

    I follow these tips to a T while traveling .Co parenting toys and crayons keep us sane!

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  8. Mrinal Kiran
    August 10, 2018

    Discussing beforehand about the travel and the responsibilities and packing all necessary things in advance in a really useful tip!

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  9. Jhilmil D Saha
    August 10, 2018

    I try to follow these too and I agree that we have to be prepared with a lot of unexpected surprises and monents coming our way.

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  10. Deepa
    August 10, 2018

    Travelling with kids is not easy. These are great tips to help parents plan it better. I also make sure to plan it properly when traveling with kids.

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  11. Jasmeet Kaur
    August 10, 2018

    Making a trip with kids sure involves a lot of planning. Loved the tips you have shared.. I think they are sure to make travel fun for kids and easy for parents

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  12. Priyadarshani Panda
    August 11, 2018

    Baby pool is something we always check before checkin in and keeping he fav toys is always the safest bet …you have jotted down some really helpful tips saving for our future trips now

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  13. Anubhuti
    August 12, 2018

    We travelled less initially after our baby. But later we found out ways to travel with our kiddo. And almost all these points were in our mind. Absolutely a bang on article.

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  14. Rashmi
    August 12, 2018

    Kids change the travel dynamics completely, but planning ahead and preparing well can save a lot of hassle.

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  15. Amrita
    August 12, 2018

    A very good guide to traveling with juds.Coparenting is a big help for new parents.

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