Our travel plans may have taken a big hit in 2020, with vacations and trips canceled and postponed. We have no idea as to how things will pan out in 2021, but that does not mean that we can’t dream and have plans and ideas in place, ready to put into motion as soon as possible.
When you are planning a trip overseas if you have children, it can be tough going at the best of times, but there are plenty of things that you can do to make it easier on yourself. Here, we share some tips and tricks to help make planning an overseas trip with family much easier for yourself.
Where Are You Going To Go?
The first step into planning a hassle-free holiday is to think very carefully about where you are going. With children in tow, there are some places that are going to be a big no-no. Anywhere that has particularly extreme weather conditions is unlikely to be child-friendly. Asia is a particularly great place for families with younger children – there is plenty of things to see and do, and the countries are very generally accepting of young children.
You also need to bear in mind the type of accommodation that you are opting for. If you are looking for a condo for rent, you are more like to be self-contained and do your own thing in terms of food and cleaning. If you are staying in a hotel, that is all sorted out for you – you just turn up and enjoy it.
Have You Considered The Health And Safety Aspects?
When children are involved, there is a whole new layer to think about: their health and wellbeing. When you are young and single, it may not be something that crosses your mind, but when kids are involved, there is always the risk that you will need to get to a doctor who speaks the same language as you.
It is particularly important if you are going to be taking part in any risky activities. It is also important to bear in mind that some places carry a greater risk of infectious diseases such as malaria – make sure that you and your children are up to date with all the appropriate vaccinations.
Have You Thought About How To Pack?
Packing for a vacation, especially an extended one, with children can be a nightmare. You can’t just throw a couple of changes of clothes into a bag and make that work. You have to make sure that there are enough to manage with every eventuality and weather type, as well as packing items to keep them occupied, especially if a great deal of traveling is involved.
Some things that you may want to consider:
- Snacks: This is particularly important if you have fussy eaters who may not be forthcoming when it comes to the local cuisine. Chips, cereal bars, cookies, and crackers all travel well and can be pulled out to ward off those angry vibes.
- Entertainment: This is where some screentime can be your friend. Download games or movies onto your mobile device or tablet, give them some get headphones, and leave them to it. For younger children, take travel toys such as a pack of stickers and some paper always goes down wonders, as well as mini board games and coloring pencils.
- First aid kit: This is a vital toddler travel gear if you are going self-catering or traveling long distances. You need a well packed first aid kit containing things such as antiseptic wipes, bandages and plasters of various sizes, a thermometer, painkillers, rehydration sachets, tweezers, and any essential medication. If you use something or it runs out, refill it as soon as you can.
Set A Budget
It can be very easy to blow a budget when you are traveling with kids, but be strict. Before you go, set a budget and stick to it. iIf you have older children, perhaps you could give them control over their money: when they have spent it all, it has gone. Remember, it is ok to say no to them sometimes or expect them to pick up extra chores to increase their own personal budgets.
Make sure you have enough to keep you going for the trip and a way of accessing any emergency funds if you should need it.
Planning for a 2021 trip can seem like the impossible right now, but by thinking all of these things through, you can be ready to go as soon as the time is right.