Traveling With Kids

It’s Summertime…now it’s time to dust out that bucket list!  If you’re like my family, then you will probably be traveling with kids.  Does it really matter your method of travel…plane, boat, train, bus or car?  No…traveling can be a fun yet stressful time, but if you follow these helpful tips, then you will be able to focus more on having FUN!

TIP #1: BEFORE THE TRIP

If you plan on traveling internationally, whether by air or ship, you should make sure each family member has a passport.  This should be done at least 3-4 months before the travel date.  In the event that you need to apply for a passport, advanced planning will alleviate the need to expedite your application; therefore, no additional fees.  If you have one already, verify that it’s not expired.   If it is…don’t panic, there’s still enough time to apply for a renewal. Click on this link if you need to apply or renew a US passport: https://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/apply-us-passport.

  • Don’t forget to purchase Travel Insurance from the agency that is handling your travel arrangements.  In the event, you are unable to travel, you could be reimbursed 100% of the cost providing this coverage was purchased previously.
  • Once your travel plans are finalized, create a folder on your computer or phone to store all related updates from the air or cruise line regarding your upcoming trip.  This will include important information such as departure and arrival times, if flying by air or ship.  This may include port information with important dates and times.
  • Make a checklist for all the items you will need during your trip and pack your suitcase 2-3 weeks before the travel date.  If you notice that you are missing something on this list, NO STRESS…there’s still enough time to pick up any essential item.

TIP #2: TRAVEL DAY

  • Ditch that cute purse!  Take out that tote bag…yeah you know the one with all the compartments!  This will allow you to secure your boarding pass and other things you will receive while checking in.  What else should I put into this tote?  Don’t forget to have a change of clothing for yourself, blanket, snacks, entertainment and chargers for all your technology devices.  Oh and DON’T FORGET your ID/passport, medical/dental insurance cards, cash and credit cards.
  • Have each family member travel with their own backpack that should include: a change of clothing, snacks, jacket/blanket and entertainment (yeah those games they can’t live without).

TIP #3: PATIENCE

  • Expect those kids to get tired and have a melt down!  You will hear…”Are we there yet”,  “I’m tired” and maybe a little bit of crying.  So make sure in your personal tote bag you pack that one item that your kid can’t live without.  This will be that SHOWSTOPPING toy or book that your kid has not seen for the day!!!  So when he or she receives it, there should be an instant satisfaction.

TIP #4: WE MADE IT!

  • Now…it’s time to have fun!    When traveling with smaller kids, don’t forget to schedule your itinerary around naps and mealtimes, if that’s possible.    Be sure to make special memories by planning activities that every member in your family will enjoy.  Take lots of pictures…like the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”!

TIP #5: HAVE FUN!!!

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