Things to keep in mind before you plan your travel with kids
When I planned my first independent trip, I had no clue regarding what I was supposed to do. I was not prepared for a long, tiring trip. And trust me, nothing is worse than going to Europe and spending most of your time either in the hotel or looking for places you had come to visit. Besides, more than half the fun of the trip is the anticipation and planning that goes into it beforehand! When you’re well prepared, you always have a smoother and more enjoyable experience. Bonus!
Planning can be a herculean task and you can be easily over whelmed in the beginning, especially if you are a first-time independent traveler. So once you have worked out your itinerary, you have to choose between the back-pack style travel or the luxurious hotel type so that you are able to research the costs well to really nail down how much money you need to carry. Moreover, you should always, ALWAYS, have a rough sketch of what places you intend to visit and which activities to enjoy to make sure if you need any reservations for those, besides the flight and accommodation. For the latter, various parts of the trip need to be booked separately so it is wise to make sure they all fit together.
Before you actually start your trip, make sure you have done and packed ‘those little things’ that would make your life easier during travel such as some to-die-for earplugs and a pillow for a long flight (your flight mates might feel a tad bit jealous of your clean and cozy travel blanket and pillow). You should make sure you have all your necessary documents in a web based email account along with emergency contact numbers. Split up all your valuables – credit cards, cash and traveler’s checks – in case you get robbed. Moreover, it is convenient to carry your toiletries in small bottles. Keep in mind that it is less painful for your back to carry a backpack that has lighter weight at the bottom and heavier things on top. It is handy and space-effective to carry clothes that you can use during the day as well as night. Always pre-pack your beach bag. It is a huge time saver! It is no secret to keep your medications in the hand-carried bag, lest you should need them urgently.
If you are traveling with kids, they may be handful. You need to have patience and make the travel a fun part of your trip rather than be a control freak. Having the right accessories can make your travel so much smooth and stress-free. Diaper bag is a must. No questions asked. Do not forget to prepare a bag of goodies for the little ones who will gladly spend hours with games, storybooks, coloring supplies, puzzles, a deck of cards, etc. Snacks are a good way of getting the kids through the times when they have to sit for long times – boarding a plane, for instance, so they help to break the long trip with short, fun activities. Do not forget to load up on napkins, wipes, disposable cups and small trash bags. This and that… all of the tiny travel items that make travel just a little more enjoyable!